SHOT PUTTER ZIYAD STRIVES TO IMPROVE PERSONAL BEST IN LYON

16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 (Bernama) -- Paralympic shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli aimed to improve his personal best of 15.21 metres in his first appearance at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France from July 19 to 28.

"Obviously, I'm quite nervous but I am determined to bring home a medal and improve my International Paralympic Committee (IPC) ranking.

"The competition will be stiff as I will be pitted against athletes who took part in the London Paralympics as well as new athletes," he told Bernama while undergoing a light training at the National Sports Council's mini stadium here today.

Muhammad Ziyad, 23, who is second in the IPC in F20 category (learning disabilities) as of June, said he would strive to equal or erase his personal best which he earned when he lifted a bronze medal at the London Paralympics in September last year.

He qualified for the IPC World Athletics Championships after hurling the shot put to a distance of 14.79m at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Italy in May.

Apart from Muhammad Ziyad, other paralympic athletes who will be representing Malaysia in Lyon are Faridul Masri, Hemala Devi Eni, Adrin Majurin, Mohd Saipuddin Ishak, Azlan Mohd Lazim and Mohd Reduan Pozi.

They are leaving for Lyon tomorrow.

-- BERNAMA

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