MAHLANGU Ntando

26 Jan 2002
19
Male
T61
PRETORIA
 
South Africa

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Men's 200m - T61 1 Gold Medal
Men's Long Jump - T63 1 Gold Medal

Records

Record Event Mark Date Location
WR Men's 200m - T61 23.03 1 August, 2019 Nottwil (SUI)

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Long Jump
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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RankEventYearLocationResult
Paralympic Games
2200m - T422016Rio de Janeiro, BRA23.77
5100m - T422016Rio de Janeiro, BRA12.57
World Championships
1200m - T612019Dubai, UAE23.23
2200m - T422017London, GBR23.95
4Long Jump - T632019Dubai, UAE5.82
10100m - T422017London, GBR29.97
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Blades (paralympic.org, 27 Aug 2020)
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Watching football. (Paralympics Instagram profile, 25 Aug 2020)
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Athlete, Student
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Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Sotho
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Is Ability Sports Club [Pretoria, RSA]
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Cathy Landsberg [personal], from 2015
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He has competed in able-bodied athletics at national level in South Africa. (timeslive.co.za, 10 Apr 2016)
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2016 for South Africa (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)
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He took up Para athletics in 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017; news24.com, 18 Sep 2016)
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He was inspired to take up the sport after meeting South African Para sprinters Arnu Fourie and Samkelo Radebe, and seeing the medals they won at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. After taking up the sport, he says South African organisation Jumping Kids helped him progress into elite Para athletics. "Jumping Kids supported me through the process, with my prosthetics [and] helped me get into mainstream schooling and into different sports competitions. Once I started to show talent, Jumping Kids helped me attend international competitions, where I again did well and broke my first world record. That's when I knew I was an athlete." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017; news24.com, 18 Sep 2016; newframe.com, 06 Nov 2019)
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To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 09 Mar 2021)
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South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)
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His family. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)
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"I want to show people that if I can respect the person that I am running next to, then we can all respect each other. You don't have to be the president to make a change in your country. You can just be a normal guy and you can make a change." (paralympic.org, 11 Apr 2017)
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He was named Sportsman of the Year with a Disability at the 2019 South African Sport Awards. (Sunday Times, 29 Mar 2020)

He was named 2016 and 2019 Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year by Athletics Gauteng North in South Africa. (Sunday Times, 29 Mar 2020; Facebook page, 16 Jun 2017)

He received the Newcomer of the Year award at the 2016 South African Sport Awards. (sascoc.co.za, 28 Nov 2016)

He was presented with the Best Athlete award at the 2016 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports [IWAS] U23 World Games in Prague, Czech Republic. (jumpingkids.org.za, 29 Jul 2016)

General Interest

Classification
T61, F61 (IPC, 11 Mar 2021)

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)

Origin of Impairment
Congenital (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)

Impairment Details
He was born with fibular hemimelia, which causes the lower leg to under-develop. As a result he had both legs amputated at the knee in 2012. "I attended a clinic at Steve Biko Academic Hospital [in Pretoria, South Africa]. I was 10 and had never walked before, so when they said there was an option for me to walk and run, I told my family that I wanted the amputation so that could happen." (newframe.com, 06 Nov 2019; timeslive.co.za, 10 Apr 2016; jumpingkids.org.za, 01 Aug 2020; paralympic.org, 27 Aug 2020)

General
DOCUMENTARY
In 2020 he featured in a documentary film about the Paralympic Games called 'Rising Phoenix'. He appeared in the film alongside a cheetah in South Africa. "Filming was done in very small village I had never been to. People keep asking me whether I have a cheetah as a pet, but no, it is not my pet, it was just brought in for shooting. I think this movie will change many people's mindset. More people will now know what the Paralympics is and start supporting it." (Rising Phoenix, 26 Aug 2020; Paralympics Instagram profile, 25 Aug 2020; paralympic.org, 27 Aug 2020)

CLASSIFICATION
In 2018 he changed class from T42 to T61 due to a revision of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] classification system. "It hasn't affected me as a person, but it has limited the events in which I am able to compete as the 100m was dropped for the 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympic Games. However, I am hoping that it is the first step to allowing more events for the various amputee classifications. We need more events to compete in to grow the sport and provide more chances to compete. If the [T61] 100m, 400m or 800m were options, I would target those as well. I am hoping these will be included in future Paralympic Games." (newframe.com, 06 Nov 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 he became an ambassador for US television channel Cartoon Network's anti-bullying campaign 'Be a Buddy, Not a Bully'. "I have been bullied due to my disability and know how it feels to have people make fun of you. I wanted to be able to tell my story and hopefully have it help people understand that bullying is wrong and everyone deserves to be treated with respect. (newframe.com, 06 Nov 2019; goodthingsguy.com, 05 Jun 2017)

Legend
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Gold Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
WR:
World Record
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