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Paralympian – Award winners

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KLANG  –  Two Paralympians were among the 98 recipients of awards in conjunction with the 67th birthday of the Sultan of Selangor Tuesday.

Archer Hasihin Sanawi and shot-putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, who won a silver and bronze medal respectively at the London Paralympic Games earlier this year, were conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Setia – Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (SIS).

Wheelchair-bound Hasihin, 29, said he was proud to receive the award from Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

“I was surprised when informed that I was among the recipients,” he told reporters.

His sights are now set on the Asean Para Games in Myanmar next year.

“I will try to go for gold,” he said.

Hasihin broke his spine and became paralysed seven years ago after falling from the roof of his house as he was repairing it.

He picked up archery in 2010, and said he was blessed to be a medallist at the Paralympics.

At the London Games, he beat Beijing gold medalist Cheng Changjie of China, and world champion Ebrahim Ranjbarkivaj of Iran before losing out to Italian Oscar de Pellegrin to take silver.

 

Muhammad Ziyad, 22, also expressed surprise for making it into the list of recipients for the awards.

“It never crossed my mind that I would be here today at the palace to get an award. I was very, very surprised when I received a call from the palace officials,” he said.

Despite having an ankle injury during the London Games, Muhammad Ziyad won the bronze in the shot putt F20 category (cognitive disability).

Muhammad Ziyad, who is a slow learner, started full-time training four years ago and rushed off to the Malaysian Paralympiad Games in Kuantan after the royal ceremony was over.  The Star