Abdul Latif bags Malaysia's third gold at Rio Paralympics
Abdul Latif Romly bagged Malaysia's third gold medal at the Rio Paralympics after breaking the world record distance in the men's long jump T20 event.
The 19-year-old, who hails from Perlis, achieved the best distance of 7.6 metres and broke the world record three times.
Abdul Latif broke the world record of 7.25 metres by Spain's Jose Antonio in the 2012 London Paralympics on his second jump, with a distance of 7.47 metres.
He then went on to break his own new world record on the third jump, achieving a distance on 7.54 metres and again on the fifth jump with a distance of 7.6 metres.
The score is based on the best distance achieved out of six jumps.
Crotia took silver with a distance of 7.12 metres while Ukraine took bronze with a distance of 6.99 metres.
A jubilant Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said on Twitter that Abdul Latif's performance came close to the Malaysian national record for able-bodied athletes.
"Just to put Latif's paralympic world record into context... The able-bodied Malaysian national long jump record is 7.88 metres. Wow," he said.
Earlier today, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi and Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold in the 100m T36 event and men's shot put F20 event respectively.
Muhammad Ziyad also set a new world record, achieving a distance of 16.84 metres compared to the previous world record of 16.29 metres by Australia's Todd Hodgetts at the London Paralmypics in 2012.
Prior to this, Malaysia had never won a gold medal at the Paralympics.
It only ever won medals in four Paralympics, in 1988, 1992, 2008 and 2012.
Malaysia's last best achievement was in the 1992 Paralympics when it bagged one silver medal and two bronze medals followed by the 2012 Paralympics where it won one silver and one bronze medal.
The country won one bronze medal in the 1988 and 2008 Paralympics.
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