Asian Para Games: National athletes off to fine start in Hangzhou

KUALA LUMPUR: The national contingent concluded the first full day of competition at the Hangzhou Asian Para Games on a positive note after bagging one gold, two silver and three bronze medals today.

Swimmer Nur Syaiful Zulkafli put Malaysia on the board by winning the men's 100 metre breastroke SB4 (physical impairment) event in a new games record time of one minute and 46.78 seconds.

China's Yin Wenhong (1:53.29s) came in second while Syaiful's teammate Lee Zy Kher (2:11.80s) completed a 1-3 finish for Malaysia in the event.

Syaiful later finished fourth in the 50m freestyle final this evening.

In track cycling, Malaysia claimed bronze in the women's 3,000m individual pursuit B (visual impairment) through Nur Azlia Syafinaz Zais and her pilot Nurul Suhada Zainal.

The duo defeated Thailand's Rarinthip Saelo and Nontakaewworanan (overlapped) in the playoff.

China (3:47.981s) claimed the gold after beating Indonesia (3:50.970s) in the final.

The men's 4,000m individual pursuit B (visual impairment) final witnessed Khairul Hazwan Wahab and pilot Khairul Adha Rasol settling for silver after being overlapped by Kim Jungbeen and Yoon Jungheon of South Korea in the final.

Indonesia claimed the bronze after beating China in the playoff.

Zuhairi Ahmad Tarmizi, Hafiz Jamali and Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin then clocked 52.356s to claim silver in the men's 750m team sprint C1-C5 (physical impairment) event.

China took the gold with a new games record time of 48.001s while Indonesia (54.454s) completed the podium.

In athletics, Noor Imanina Idris claimed the bronze in the women's shot put F20 (intellectual impairment) after achieving a new personal best throw of 11.08 metres.

Japan's Reina Hori (11.93m) and Indonesia's (11.12m) took gold and silver.

Malaysia concluded the day in 10th place overall in the medal table from over 40 nations competing.

China leads with 31 gold, 29 silver and 23 bronze. Iran (9-9-6) and Uzbekistan (6-6-8) are second and third.

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