THE 9th ASEAN Para Games, which ended on Saturday (23 Sept) saw a total of 66 record-breaking feats by athletes from seven of the 11 nations in swimming, athletics and powerlifting.

Indonesian swimmers rewrote 28 of the 47 new Games record set at the National Aquatics Centre in Bukit Jalil followed by Malaysia (7), Vietnam (6), Myanmar (2), Singapore (2) and one each by Philippines and Thailand.

Among the Indonesians swimmers who set new records are Marinus Melianus in the men’s 50m breaststroke SB13 in 34.05s (old mark 36.16s), Guntur (men’s 50m breaststroke SB8 – 36.78s (old mark 37.33s) and men’s 100m breaststroke SB8 in 1:20.53s (old mark 1:22.10s) followed by Syuci Indriani (women’s 100m freestyle S14 in 1:05.15 (old mark 1:18.51s). Seven Malaysians also recorded new times. They are Fraidden Dawan (men’s 400m freestyle S10 04:48.35s – old mark 04:55.99s) and men’s 200m IM SM10 02:30.67s – old mark 02:32.46s); Anas Zul Amirul Sidi (men’s 100m freestyle S14 59.79s – old mark 01:02.88s); Yoong Chung Wei (men’s 50m butterfly S14 30.01s – old mark 30.01s); James Wong Tien Yu (men’s 100m butterfly S8 01:12.94s – old mark 01:30.23s), Carmen Lim (women’s 50m freestyle S8 36,.48s – old mark 39.14s) and Anderson Jamba (men’s 150m IM 03:22.21s SM4– old mark 03.49.01s).

Indonesian athletes also set four of the 10 records in athletics. They are Sapto Yogo Purnomo, Karisma Evi, Suparni Yati and Putri Aulia whilst the Malaysians are Muhammad Asyraf (men’s 1500m T46) and Muhammad Ziyad (men’s shot putt F20) followed by Thailand (3) and Vietnam (1). Nine records were also set in powerlifting.

The Vietnamese and Indonesians rewrote four records each whilst Malaysia’s Jong Yee Khie rewrote the men’s 97kg weight category with a lift of 210kg – old mark 200kg).

The KL2017 Para Games ended with a spectacular fashion and colourful closing ceremony celebration on Saturday (23 Sept) at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. A total of 1,241 athletes participated in the Games which featured 16 sports and 368 events.