It was such a disappointment at the Rio Olympics that she cried after finishing fourth in her pet event, the 400m T20 (intellectual disability). But it has been tears of joy for Siti Noor Iasah Ariffin at the 9th Asean Para Games.
The 28-year-old mother of a five-year-old daughter won a double in Kuala Lumpur, adding the 400m gold to the 800m gold she had won on Wednesday.
There was more to come for Siti, who is married to Muhd Hafiz Abu Bakar, the silver winner for the men's shot putt F36/37 (cerebal palsy) in the same day. Hafiz who won the gold in the same event in Singapore in 2015, could only manage a second placing (10.50m) behind Indonesia's Ahmad Fauzi (10.57m).
"I have not lost the 400m since I made my 2007 debut in Korat. And it means a lot to me to retain my 400m gold. Winning the 800m was actually a bonus for me," said Siti, who is also pleased with her timing in the 400m.
Siti was a runaway winner with a time of 60.86s for the gold, way ahead of Indonesian rival Tiwa who was timed at 63.97. The young Malaysian Nur Alia Ardiela Natasya, 16, came in at 65.48 for the bronze.
With the golden double, Siti said she is now setting her sights on the Asian Para Games in Jakarta next year.
"Winning the double in KL is an inspiration for me to aim higher. The gold medals won by me and the silver by my husband are dedicated to our daughter, Nur Qaisara," said Siti.