19-Year-Old Abdul Latif Wins 3rd Gold For Malaysia At The Rio Paralympic Games
Last night, 19-year-old Abdul Latif Romly clinched Malaysia's third gold and set a new world record with a 7.60m jump in his fifth attempt in the Long Jump T20 category at the Rio Olympic Stadium
While Abdul Latif's first jump was disqualified for technical errors, he jumped 7.47m in his second attempt, 7.54m in his third, 6.79m in his fourth, and 7.60m in his fifth. In doing so, the 19-year-old boy from Kangar broke world record not once, not twice but 3 times!
Following his win, Malaysians, from everyday walks to politicians, took to Twitter to express their gratitude and hail Abdul Latif Romly's masterclass display of determination, grit, and courage:
3rd gold. And a word record . Well done latif. You have free flights for life pic.twitter.com/vPpO5zgOxG— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 11, 2016
What a day it has been for Malaysia, which has gone from never winning a Paralympic Gold to clinching three at the Rio Paralympics
And to hear the 'Negaraku' being played yet again at the Rio Olympic Stadium is a feeling that is hard to describe in words:
Prior to this, Mohamad Ridzuan and Muhammad Ziyad, who ended Malaysia's long wait for a Paralympic gold, sang the 'Negaraku':