SERDANG - National athlete Mohd Azlan Mat Lazim, who won three gold medals in last year's Asian Paralympic Games in Incheon, was killed in a road accident along Jalan Serdang Raya, Seri Kembangan, Saturday afternoon.
His pillion rider, national paralympic jumper Farisan Jasna, 26 was severely injured during the 1.30pm accident, and has been warded in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Serdang Hospital.
Mohd Azlan and Farisan, according to police, were travelling along jalan serdang Raya 2/3 on their Yamaha 125 motorcycle, when they were rammed by a Toyota Hiace van.
The impact threw both athletes onto the pavement. Mohd Azlan reportedly suffered head injuries and died at the scene.
Early reports said Farisan suffered a broken arm. His other injuries are still unclear.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin confirmed the accident in a tweet, saying he was "absolutely devastated by news of Azlan & Farihan's road accident. Our paralympians. Azlan triple gold medal winner at Asian Para Games".
At the Serdang Hospital, friends and fellow athletes flooded the Serdang Hospital mortuary in a show of support.
Also present at the mortuary are Khairy and Malaysian Paralympic Council patron Tun Jeanne Abdullah.
Paralympic javelin thrower Faridul Asri, 34 said he met both victims just hours before the accident. They lived in the same dormitory in Bukit Jalil where they train.
"Azlan was just his cheerful self. He may be spastic but he was a friendly person who loved running and trained hard for his sport," he said.
Mohd Azlan won three gold medals in the men's 100m, 200m and 400m (T36) events at the 2014 Asian Paralympic Games.