Ntando Mahlangu of South Africa (Getty)
South Africa landed two gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday through long-jumper Ntando Mahlangu and 400m runner Anrune Weyers.
Mahlangu, who is 19-years-old, set a new world record.
These are South Africa’s first two medals at the Games.
Competing in the final of the T63 final, Mahlangu set a new world record with a jump of 7.17 metres, edging out German Leon Schaefer’s 7.12.
The teen star has tasted glory back in Rio as he took silver in the men’s 200 metres T42 and became the youngest South African to reach the Olympic podium at 14.
Mahlangu was born with fibular hemimelia and as a result, he had both legs amputated at the knee in 2012.
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In 2018, he changed class from T42 to T61 due to the revising of the International Paralympic Committee classification system.
The Rio silver medallist has since developed into a world-class para-athlete and went on to win the 200m T61 at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.
In the same lomg-jump event on Saturday, South Africa’s Puseletso Mabote finished 9th with a distance of 5.18.
Weyers, meanwhile, won her 400m T45 final in a time of 56.05, finishing comfortably ahead of Venezuala’s Lisbeli Vera Andrade in second (57.32).
?????? GOLD AND WORLD RECORD – AGAIN! ?? ????Ntando Mahlangu breaks his own record of 7.02m with an outstanding jump of 7.17m in the men’s long jump T61. He walks away with the GOLD medal and the world record at #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics SHEER BRILLIANCE ?????? pic.twitter.com/c2c423vY1V
— SuperSport ?? (@SuperSportTV) August 28, 2021GOLD!!! ??Ntando Mahlangu won #TeamSA’ s 2nd medal of the #Tokyo2020 Paralympics with a final leap of 7.17m in the men’s T63 long jump to give him the GOLD. It was a WORLD RECORD in the T61 category
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) August 28, 2021
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