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Hemala Devi wants winning debut at London Paralympic Games
KUALA LUMPUR: Paralympic athlete K. Hemala Devi is determined to shine at the London Paralympic Games which will be held from Aug 29 to Sept 9.
The 22-year-old, who is taking part in the discus and shot-putt events in the F12 category (Level 2 Sight Disability), wants to make a winning debut at the prestigious games.
"I have been preparing since 2009. My performance has been improving, especially in the German Open Championship last month.
"The National Sports Council (NSC) is fully supporting us with equipment and training, and I hope, the support and prayers from Malaysians will spur us to bag our first gold medal," she told Bernama in a recent interview.
Hemala Devi, from Johor, was the gold medalist in the shot-putt and discus at the Malaysian Paralympic Athletics Open Championship, as well as the Asean Para Sports Games 2011 in Solo, Indonesia.
The other Malaysian London-bound athletes in athletics include Mohd Ziyad Zolkefli (F20 short-putt), Faridul Masri (F56 javelin), Eryanto Bahtiar (F46 triple jump and long jump), Mohd Saifuddin Ishak (F13 long jump), Aderin Majurin (F33 discus and javelin), Nursuhana Ramlan (F20 shot-putt) and Nor Syazwani Abdullah (T38 100 metres and 200 metres).
The Malaysian contingent, comprising 23 physically-challenged athletes, will leave for the London Paralympic Games next Tuesday.
In the Beijing Paralympic Games, Malaysia which sent 11 athletes to take part in five events, won a bronze medal through Siow Lee Chan in the under 56kg women's powerlifting event. -- BERNAMA