Malaysia bagged its first medal at the 24th Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil recently through national deaf karate exponent, V. Yilamaran.
The 22-year-old won the silver medal after he lost to Makhno Oleksanr from the Ukraine in the finals of the men’s kumite below 84kg category.
Yilamaran had earlier defeated Sergio Garcia from Brazil in the first round, Avi Bokler (Israel) in the quarter finals and Abdolghafour Ebhahim (Iran) in the semis.
According Ong Shin Ruenn, who heads the national contingent, they were very proud of Yilamaran’s achievement as it was his debut in the Deaflympics.
He said the national deaf sports contingent had the opportunity to add to the medal tally through other sports such as badminton, cycling and athletics.
Last November, Yilamaran made history when the won Malaysia’s first medal, a bronze at the inaugural World Deaf Karate Championships in Tehran, Iran.
A total 1,956 athletes from 70 countries are competing in the Deaflympics in Brazil from May 1-15.