South Africa’s Ntando Mahlangu took his first world title in the men’s 200m T61 at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.
“Seven years ago, I wasn’t expected to walk. Now, I run for my country”
The 17-year-old won his Gold Medal in a time of 23.23 seconds, ahead of Great Britain’s Paralympic star Richard Whitehead who ran in 23.82 seconds.
After the race, Mahlangu said that he didn’t know he would be first. He was a bit nervous but just tried to concentrate on himself and what he wanted to do.
This is another incredible achievement for a youngster who was confined to a wheelchair since birth until he was at least 10.
So far South Africa’s talented team has also produced another Gold (Anrune Weyers), a Silver (Mpumelelo T Mhlongo and New World Record), and three Bronzes (Charl du Toit Reinhardt Hamman, Anika Pretorius and Cheryl James).