To celebrate the success of the four Malaysian Paralympics athletes who won gold and bronze models at Rio, Naza Corporation Holdings yesterday rewarded them with prizes amounting to RM1.5 million.

Gold medal winners Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi (men’s 100 metres dash T36) Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli (men’s shot put F20) and Abdul Latif Romly (men’s long jump T20) each received a unit of residential suite at Trion 888, Equine Park, as well as the keys to a brand-new Kia Sportage. As for bronze medallist Siti Noor Radiah Ismail (women’s long jump T20), she took home a new Kia Rio Sedan.

Ridzuan’s time of 12.07 seconds in the men’s 100 metres dash broke the Paralympic record of 12.25 seconds held by Ukraine’s Roman Pavlyk since 2008 in Beijing. Meanwhile, Ziyad’s performance in the shot put event saw him smash the world record of 16.59 metres held by Australian Todd Hodgetts since 2007, when he hurled a distance of 16.84 metres.

In the men’s long jump event, Latif jumped to a record 7.47 metres to break the previous world mark of 7.37m set by Jose Exposito of Spain in 2003. It didn’t take long for him to break his own short-lived world mark with a 7.54-metre leap, and he followed it up by beating his record again with a 7.60-metre long jump.

“For their exceptional and record-breaking performance at the Rio Paralympics Games 2016, these champions deserve to be recognised and rewarded. The residential suite at Trion 888, Equine Park is worth RM350,000 and the all-new Kia Sportage is worth RM121,888. The all-new Kia Rio Sedan is worth RM72,888. That works up to a grand total of almost RM1.5 million,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, chairman and CEO of Naza Corporation Holdings.

“We are also rewarding a token to each of the three Paralympic coaches, Jaganathan Ramasamy, Mohd Faizol Bin Harun and Mohd Syahrul Amri Bin Mohd Suhaimi for their dedication towards training these athletes into champions,” he added.

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