Malaysia Clinches Second Medal At Tokyo Paralympics Via Jong Yee Khie

The powerlifter won silver in the men's under 107kg event.

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After clinching our first gold medal in the powerlifting event, the sport has seen Malaysia secure a second podium finish via Jong Yee Khie

Jong won silver in the Men's under 107kg event earlier today, 30 August, beating out para-athletes from Iran, Georgia, Mexico, and the USA with a gargantuan 237kg in his second lift.

He had to settle for second place after Mongolia's Enkhbayaryn Sodnompiljee lifted 245kg, which Jong was unable to match in his third attempt.

Malaysian lifters have a long history of medalling at the Paralympics, dating back to Seoul 1988

In that edition, Malaysia won it's first ever medal through weightlifter Mariappan Perumal, who took home bronze in the Men's under 57kg category.

A silver and bronze followed at Barcelona 1992, the latter of which was also won by Mariappan. The silver then went to Cheok Kon Fatt.

In the related sport of powerlifting, Malaysia had only previously won a single medal, when Siow Lee Chan took home bronze at Beijing 2008 in the Women's under 56kg event.

The total medal tally for Malaysian lifters now stands at 6, after our two successes in Tokyo.

Jong's teammate Bonnie Bunyau had previously won gold in the Men's under 72kg powerlifting event on 28 August:

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