Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi
Mohamad Puzi created history by winning a gold on Saturday Reuters

Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won Malaysia its first paralympic gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Saturday.

The 28-year-old won the Men's 100m T36 (cerebral palsy), racing past the finish line in 12.07s while China's Yifei Yang (12.20s) took the silver and Brazil's Rodrigo Silva (12.54s) finished with a bronze.

Malaysians, who had waited for a paralympic gold since making their debut at the 1972 Summer Games in Heidelberg, did not have to wait much for their second gold as Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won the Men's Shot Put - F20 (intellectual disability) event on Saturday.

Muhammad Ziyad also created a new world record with his gold-winning throw of 16.84m. He went past the previous mark of 16.29m set by Australia's Todd Hodgetts, who also won a bronze (15.82m) in Saturday's event, at the 2012 London Paralympics. Dimitrios Senidikidios of Greece clinched the bronze with a throw of 16.17m.

Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli
Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli came up with a record-breaking throw of 16.84m Reuters

An elated Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, took to social media to congratulate the gold medal-winning Rio athletes. "Well done Ridzuan Puzi & Ziyad Zolkefli. The whole country proud with the accomplishments of you both!" he wrote.