Nurul 'eyeing' 2028 LA Paralympics

KUALA LUMPUR: The sky is the limit for Nurul Ain Zubir Yunos who hopes to run in the 2028 Paralympics in Los Angeles.

She won three gold medals and set new meet records in the Special Education MSSM Athletics Championships at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Paroi and Tunku Kurshiah College in Enstek New Town recently.

The 12-year-old from SK Guntong in Setiu, Terengganu, won the girls' under-12 (Visually Disabled) 100m in 16.35s, 200m in 34.58s and long jump with a leap of 3.85m.

Aptly she was named the Best Female Athlete for the Visually Disabled and went on to jointly win the Best Overall Female Athlete award at the Special Education MSSM in Negri Sembilan.

A beaming Nurul said: "I followed my coach Khalil Mohd Noor's instruction strictly for five days a week for the past two months.

"Participating keeps my mind and body active, and I can motivate my friends to be active in sports too.

"My father (Zubir Yunos) is a project manager and he is my main source of inspiration. He will pay me cash for every gold medal as well as record broken."

The other two joint-Best Overall Female Athletes were Pahang's Nur Qisha Qareena Ahmad Fuzi and Selangor's Nurul Asyqin Che Azmi who won three gold each with accompanying records in the girls' Under-12.

Meanwhile Kelantan won the overall title for "Learning difficulties" with 11 gold, four silver and six bronze while Kuala Lumpur won seven gold, eight silver and six bronze to top the overall "Visually Disabled" category.

Kedah were crowned overall champions in the "Overall Hearing Disabled" category with seven gold, six silver and one bronze.

The Rice Bowl state were also crowned Overall Champions after bagging 17 gold, 16 silver and seven bronze.

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