Handicapped swimmer Zul Amirul Sidi Adullah is determined to redeem the disappointing performance of the national swimmers who failed to grab any medal at the Olympic Games in Bejing, when he competes in the Paralympics from Sept 6 to 17 at the same venue.
Zul Amirul, 26, recorded a time of 42.74 seconds, the fifth fastest in the heats, improving on his previous 42.87s made at the 4th Asean Paralympics in Korat, Thailand early this year.
In the final, Zul Amirul’s fellow competitors will include China’s He Junquan, gold medallist at the Athens Paralympic Games.
In today’s heats, He created a new world record of 35.04s.
The final of the men’s S5 backstroke event will be held at 6.41pm.
Swimming, which offers 18 gold medals, enters its second day of the Games today.