TOKYO, Sept 4 — National sprinter Mohamad Ridzuan Puzi missed the opportunity to defend the gold he won in Rio 2016 in the final of the men’s 100m T36 (physical impairment) sprint at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Ridzuan, who ran in the fifth lane, finished in fourth place with a time of 12.15 seconds in the event at the Olympic Stadium.
Having started the race well, Ridzuan however was unable to maintain his acceleration, especially in the last leg of the race.
The result caused the 33-year-old runner, better known as “Dek Wan”, to return home empty-handed in his second appearance at the Paralympics.
Deng Peicheng of China pulled off a surprise when he not only won the gold but also broke the Paralympic record in the event held by Australia’s James Turner. Turner did 11.87s in the second qualifying heat yesterday to set a new record but Deng improved on it by clocking 11.85s in the final.
James had to settle for silver with a time of 12.00s while the bronze went to Alexis Sebastian Chavez of Argentina who set a time of 12.02s.