SINGAPORE – As personal bests plummeted – six, including a world record, were set in the spectacular F40 men’s shot put final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Singaporean Muhammad Diroy Noordin launched a national record of 9 , 92m with the last of his six throws on Sunday (Aug 29).
The 29-year-old, Republic flag bearer at the opening ceremony, finished eighth out of nine competitors at the Olympic stadium.
The gold went to Denis Gnezdilov of the Russian Paralympic Committee, although he had to break the world record twice a day to win it.
On his last attempt, he threw 11.16m ahead of Iraqi Garrah Tnaiash by 1cm.
Earlier, Gnezdilov threw 11.02m with his first throw to surpass the previous record of 11.01m, set by Portugal’s Miguel Monteiro, who won the bronze medal with his throw at 10.76m.
Diroy, who suffers from dwarfism, also twice improved his previous mark of 9.78m set at the Singapore Athletics Performance Trial 2 in June. He threw 9.85m on his third throw.
While he was happy to rewrite his national brand twice, he was a little disappointed that he had not passed the 10m mark or won a medal.
Speaking to the media via video conference after his event, he said: “We put in so much effort and trained hard to go (to the Paralympics) to win a medal, but I’m still happy we did. my best.
“Out of 10, I give (my performance) about eight.”
His result is a significant improvement over the 7.29m he threw to finish ninth out of 10 athletes in the same event at Rio 2016, his first appearance at the Paralympic Games.
Diroy paid tribute to his trainer, former sprinter Muhamad Hosni, as well as his nutritionist, physiotherapist, biomechanist and sports psychologist for helping him achieve the result in Tokyo.
He added that he hopes to improve his concentration before competing as well as his technique, strength and speed. This will be very useful for him to try to win a medal during his third Paralympic Games in Paris 2024.
But for now, he’s hoping to take some time out before resuming training.
He said, “I’m going to put my sport aside and try to rest and do other things that relax and refresh me. Maybe go out with my friends or spend more time with my family because most of the time when I work out I don’t have time to meet my family and friends.