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[PHOTOS] Meet The 22 Malaysian Paralympic Athletes Competing In Tokyo 2020

We brought home three golds and one bronze at Rio 2016!

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The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place from 24 August until 5 September of this year

Following the recently-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics, the city of Tokyo will soon play host to the world's finest para-athletes competing for sport's top prize.

More than 4,400 Paralympians are scheduled to compete, an unprecedented number, marking just how much progress has been made since the inaugural 1960 event in Rome.

Since 1988, the Games have been held in the same cities and venues as the Olympics, after a landmark agreement between the International Paralympic Commiittee (IPC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will also feature a unique medal design featuring a traditional Japanese fan motif.

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For this edition, Malaysia will be represented by 22 para-athletes, equalling our largest ever contingent size

The feat was first achieved during the London 2012 Paralympics, and is one more than Rio 2016.

Malaysia first medalled at the Paralympics in Seoul 1988, where we took home a solitary bronze, a whole four years before our Olympians managed the same.

In our previous outing, we made history by winning our first three gold medals at the Games alongside one bronze.

The first two gold medals were won back-to-back on an emotional Sunday.

These three heroes will be defending their titles at Tokyo 2020.

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Here are all the Malaysian Paralympians heading to Tokyo:

1. Chew Wei Lun – Boccia

Event:
Boccia, mixed individual BC1.

Notable Achievements:
Bronze medallist, 2017 Asean Para Games
Bronze medallist, 2019 BISFed Guangzhou Regional Open
Bronze medallist, 2019 BISFed Dubai Regional Open

2. Chee Chaoming – Table Tennis

Event:
Table Tennis, men's individual - class 9.

Notable Achievements:
Gold medallist, Copa Tango Buenos Aires 2019.
Gold medallist, Asian Para Games Jakarta 2019.

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3. Abu Samah Borhan – Wheelchair Tennis

Event:
Wheelchair Tennis, men's singles.

Notable Achievements:
Winner, Eureka Cup Taiwan 2020.
Currently ranked 42nd in the world.

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4. Cheah Liek Hou – Badminton

Event:
Badminton, men's singles SU5.

Notable Achievements:
Winner, Spanish Para Badminton International 2021.
Winner, Fazza-Dubai Para International 2021.
Multiple Asian Para Games Champion.
Currently ranked world number two.

Follow his journey:
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5. Didin Terasoh – Badminton

Event:
Badminton, men's singles SU6.

Notable Achievements:
Winner, Asian Para Championships Beijing 2016.
Winner, Ireland Para Open 2016.
Winner, BWF Para Badminton World Championship 2015.

6. Bonnie Bunyau Gustin – Powerlifting

Event:
Powerlifting, men's under 72kg.

Notable Achievements:
Winner, Dubai Para Powerlifting World Cup 2021.
World record holder (230kg).
Current world number 1 is his category.

Follow his journey:
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7. Jong Yee Khie – Powerlifting

Event:
Powerlifting, men's under 107kg.

Notable Achievements:
Silver Medallist, Dubai Para Powerlifting World Cup 2021.
Bronze Medallist, Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

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8. Wiro Julin – Archery

Event:
Archery, men's individual compound open.

Notable Achievements:
Silver Medallist, Bangkok Asian Para Archery Championships 2019.

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9. Suresh Selvathamby – Archery

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Event:
Archery, men's individual recurve.

Notable Achievements:
Winner, Netherlands World Para Archery Championships 2019.
Reigning world champion.

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10. Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli – Swimming

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Event:
Swimming, men's 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle S5 and 100m breaststroke SB4.

Notable Achievements:
No further details available.

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11. Brenda Anellia Larry – Swimming

Event:
Swimming, women's 50m backstroke S4.

Notable Achievements:
Reached the final of the London World Para Swimming Championship 2019.

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12. Jamery Siga – Swimming

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Event:
Swimming, men's 50m butterfly S5.

Notable Achievements:
Competed in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games.

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13. Nurul Suhada Zainal – Cycling

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Event:
Cycling, women's individual road time trial, and road race.

Notable Achievements:
Silver medallist, 1km time trial, Asian Para Cycling Championships 2018.
Winner, Road Race, Malaysia National Championships 2015.

14. Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd Zais – Cycling

Event:
Cycling, women's individual road time trial, and road race.

Notable Achievements:
Gold medallist, 1km time trial, Asian Para Cycling Championships 2018.
Gold medallist, sprint, Asian Para Cycling Championships 2018.
Gold medallist, individual pursuit, Asian Para Cycling Championships 2018.

15. Mohamad Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin – Cycling

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Event:
Cycling, men's individual 3km track individual pursuit, road time trial, road race, and mixed team track sprint.

Notable Achievements:
Bronze medallist, 1km individual pursuit, Canada Para Cycling World Championships 2020.
Gold medallist, mixed team sprint, Jakarta Asian Track Cycling Championships 2019.

16. Muhammad Hafiz Jamali – Cycling

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Event:
Cycling, men's 1km track time trial, and mixed team track sprint.

Notable Achievements:
No further details available.

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17. Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi – Cycling

Event:
Cycling, men's 1km track time trial, and mixed team track sprint.

Notable Achievements:
Gold medallist, mixed team sprint, Jakarta Asian Track Cycling Championships 2019.
Gold medallist, 1km time trial, Jakarta Asian Track Cycling Championships 2019.

18. Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi – Athletics (Running)

Event:
Athletics, men's 100m sprint T36.

Notable Achievements:
Gold medallist, Jakarta Asian Para Games 2018.
Gold medallist, Doha World Para Athletics Championships 2015.
Reigning Paralympic Games gold medallist.
World record holder (11.87s).

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19. Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin – Athletics (Running)

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Event:
Athletics, women's 400m sprint T20.

Notable Achievements:
Gold medallist, Jakarta Asian Para Games 2018.
Competed in the Rio Paralympic Games 2016.

20. Wong Kar Gee – Athletics (Long Jump)

Event:
Athletics, men's long jump T12.

Notable Achievements:
Silver medallist, Dubai World Para Athletics Championships 2019.
Silver medallist, Jakarta Asian Para Games 2018.

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21. Abdul Latif Romly – Athletics (Long Jump)

Event:
Athletics, men's long jump T20.

Notable Achievements:
Gold medallist, Jakarta Asian Para Games 2018.
Gold medallist, London World Para Athletics Championships 2017.
Reigning Paralympic Games gold medallist.
World record holder (7.64m).


Follow his journey:
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22. Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli – Athletics (Shot Put)

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Event:
Athletics, men's shot put F20.

Notable Achievements:
Gold medallist, Jakarta Asian Para Games 2018.
Gold medallist, London World Para Athletics Championships 2017.
Reigning Paralympic Games gold medallist.
World record holder (17.29m).


Follow his journey:
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Best of luck, Paralympians!

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