Thursday, January 16, 2014

Asean Para Games: Hemala Devi Delivers Malaysia's First Gold, Sets New Games Record

From Farhanah Azmi

NAYPYITAW, Jan 15 (Bernama) -- National paralympian Hemala Devi Enny Kutty not only delivered Malaysia's first gold at the 7th Asean Para Games but also set a new Games Record (GR) here Wednesday.

She secured the gold and set the record in the women's F11/F12 javelin event after throwing a distance of 23.78 metres.

The silver was won by Dayang Nor Hensan of Brunei (15.20m) while the bronze by Jeanette of the Philippines (14.50m).

"This is my best distance yet. Before this it was usually between 21 and 22 metres.

"When I was making the throws, I was not thinking about breaking records. I just wanted to record a personal best," she told Bernama.

The distance, achieved on her third try, erased the old record of 21.23 metres which she herself set at the last Games in Solo, Indonesia in 2011.

The distance attained has also become the new national record (NR).

For Hemala Devi, the victory was all the more sweet because the event involved a combined category for visually impaired paralympians.

Not only that, Hemala Devi once again was the winner of the first gold medal for Malaysia in this Asean Para Games after having achieved the same feat in Solo in 2011.

"This is beyond my expectations. In fact this event was not to be competed today but because of some schedule changes, it was slotted earlier," she said.

Hemala Devi will also be competing in the discus throw and shot putt. The venues for athletics at this edition of the Games are the Wunna Teikdi Main Stadium (track events) and Training Stadium (field events).

-- BERNAMA

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