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ZOLKEFLI Muhammad Ziyad
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Malaysia   
GenderMen
Age31
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F20
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Zafira Nasir, daughter Zuhayra Zafra [2017], son Tariq Xavier [2019]
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Malay
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at school in 2009.
Why this sport?
Athletics was a compulsory activity at his school.
Name of coach
R Jaganathan [national]; Mohamad Faizol Harun [national], MAS
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching films. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and setting a world record in the F20 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
A back injury affected his preparations for the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. He was still able to compete at the event and won a gold medal in the F20 shot put. (nst.com.my, 15 Jan 2019; thejakartapostimages.com, 12 Oct 2018)

He injured his knee in November 2013 but recovered in time to compete at the 2014 ASEAN Para Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. (thestar.com.my, 09 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Start today, not tomorrow." (Facebook page, 20 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Athlete of 2017 at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia Awards. (kosmo.com.my, 02 Mar 2018)

The Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development named a welfare institution in Selangor in his name [Taman Sinar Harapan Ziyad Zolkefli] after he won gold in the F20 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (hmetro.com.my, 28 Sep 2016)

He was Malaysia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (thestar.com.my, 09 Oct 2014)

He was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Malaysian Sports Awards. (astroawani.com, 11 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He won a bronze medal in able-bodied shot put at the 2017 South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (kualalumpur2017.com.my, 22 Aug 2017)
Milestones
In 2016 he became the second Malaysian to win gold at a Paralympic Games when he won the men's F20 shot put, around an hour after compatriot Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won the country's first gold in the men's T36 100m. (paralympic.org, 10 Sep 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Mar 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (mstar.com.my, 24 Apr 2019)
Impairment
His intellectual impairment was identified in pre-school. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 Shot Put F20 15.21
1 2016 Shot Put F20 16.84
  2021 Shot Put F20  DNS
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Shot Put F20 15.32
3 2015 Shot Put F20 15.37
1 2017 Shot Put F20 17.29
2 2019 Shot Put F20 17.03
Asian Para Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Shot Put F20 15.31
1 2018 Shot Put F20 16.94