The Maldives has achieved a momentous feat at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany, with two of its athletes, Aistha Laika Hasan and Aishath Maniya Adam, both claiming gold medals in their respective events.

Aistha Laika Hasan showcased her exceptional speed emerging victorious in the highly anticipated 100m track event. Meanwhile, Zaana Ali Shareef finished fourth in the same race. Both Laika and Zaana competed in the 200m final onThursday, where Zaana secured the bronze medal, marking the Maldives’ first medal in the games. Laika finished fifth in that event.

In badminton, Aishath Maniya Adam showcased her exceptional skills and determination, clinching the gold medal after a thrilling final against Thiyanka Georgieva of Bulgaria. Maniya dominated the match, winning both sets with scores of 21-19 and 21-10. Her journey to the final was not without challenges, as she faced tough competitors from Jordan and Mongolia along the way. This is the first time the Maldives has participated in badminton in the Special Olympics World Games.

These triumphs on Saturday contribute to the Maldives’ growing medal tally. The Maldives has now accumulated a total of four medals across all events in the Special Olympics World Games since the country began participating in the games in 2019.