KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Nov 2019:
National para long jumper athlete Jonathan Wong Kar Gee continued his impressive performance at the international stage by winning the silver medal in the men’s T12 category (vision impairment) at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates overnight.
The 28-year-old Sabahan – who clinched the gold medal at the 2019 Handisport Open World Grand Prix Para Athletics Tournament in Paris in August – jumped a distance of 7.06m in his fifth attempt, to win the silver medal for his season’s best, the Paralympic website stated.
The distance, however, was a far cry from his personal best of 7.22m set in China Open in May last year.
Doniyor Saliev of Uzbekistan, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist, won the gold, setting a new competition record of 7.44m – thus erasing the previous distance of 7.10m set by four-time paralympic champion Hilton Langenhoven of South Africa at the 2006 edition in Assen, Netherlands.
Rio Olympics 2016 silver medallist, Kamil Aliyev of Azerbaijan, on the other hand, settled for bronze by posting his season best of 7.00m.