Ntando Mahlangu

Winning silver at the age of 14 for South Africa at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; T61 sprinter Ntando Mahlangu is One to Watch in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Sport: Athletics
Nationality: RSA
Gender: Male
Born: 26 January 2002
Amputation: Through Knee
Class: T61
Main Events: 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump
Club: IsAbility Sports Club
Affiliations: Ӧssur, Toyota, Citi Bank, Under Armour, IceXpress Progressive Prosthetics, Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund

Background

Born with a condition known as congenital hemimelia, Ntando Mahlangu spent a good portion of his young life in a wheelchair. The year of his tenth birthday, incidentally also the year of the London Paralympic Games, things changed.

The decision was made to amputate both of Ntando’s legs through the knee. After a period of recovery, he was fitted with his first set of prosthetic blades at an event hosted by Avis South Africa in partnership with Jumping Kids and IceXpress Progressive Prosthetics in September 2012.

By 2016 Mahlangu had developed into a world-class Para Athlete; winning T42 200m silver for South Africa at the Rio 2016 Paralympics at only 14 years of age. He is regarded as ‘One to Watch’ in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Ntando aims to inspire more children to dream big and go for their goals, despite the challenges, by being a good example of what is possible with access to prosthetics, mainstream education and sport.

It is his goal and passion to help create opportunities for more kids, facing challenges similar to his own, by equipping them; not only on the sports field, but also in the classroom and in their day-to-day lives; to handle all of life’s issues and to be strong.

2020 Selected as one of only nine Para-athletes from across the globe to feature in the Netflix original documentary, Rising Phoenix, that tells the story of the Paralympic Games and how it impacts on society to change perceptions about disability, diversity, and human potential

Ran the 800m in a time of 1:43 minutes; placing Ntando in the number one ranking slot in South Africa, Africa and the World
2019 Honored with a special trophy from Athletics Gauteng North for his gold winning performance at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships that took place in Dubai, UAE

Gold for South Africa in the Men’s T61 200m final (23.23 Championship Record) at the World Para Athletics Championships (7-15 November) in Dubai, UAE

Honored with the Sportsman of the Year with a Disability Award at the 2019 South African Sport Awards

Honored with the 2019 Athletics Gauteng North Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year Award

Helped to host a Mass Participation event in Louis Trichardt on Saturday August 25th inviting schools and kids from Limpopo Province to join in a day of fun and athletics in order to identify upcoming young talent

T61 200m World Record (23.03) at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships (1-4 August) in Nottwil Switzerland

Three world marks in the T61 Men’s Open Finals – 100m (0:12.77 SAR WR), 200m (0:23.57 SAR WR) and Long Jump (06.47 SAR WR), plus another two golden results in the 400m (0:48.64) and 800m (02:01.25) finals at the 2019 Toyota SA SASAPD Para Athletics National Championships in Stellenbosch

Announced as brand ambassador for Őssur, Toyota South Africa, Citi Bank and Under Armour South Africa
2018 Dashed to gold (23.56s) with Richard Whitehead just behind (23.72s) and bronze going to David Henson (25.71s), both from Great Britain, in the T61 200m race at 2018 Müller Anniversary Games
2017 200m Gold, Gold and new World Records in the 100m T42-47 (12.01s) and 400m T42-47 (49.92s) at the Nottwil 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships (3-6 August)

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m (1:58.84min / WR & AR) and long jump (6.12m / AR) gold at the 2017 International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games

Won four gold medals (100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump) and set two WORLD RECORDS (100m T42 / 12.01, 400m T42 / 49.92) at Nottwil 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships (3-6 August)

Won silver in the 200m T42 final at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships (14-23 July) for South Africa
2016 Awarded 2016 SA Sports Awards – Newcomer of the Year

Awarded Sportsman of the Year with a Disability at the 2016 Gauteng Sports Awards

Won silver in the 200m T42 event in a new African record time of 23.77 seconds, and took 5th spot with another African Record (12.57s) in the 100m dash at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Won silver with a new Personal best time of 23.97 seconds behind Richard Whitehead (23.03s WR) at the Muller Anniversary Games that took place in London (23 July 2016)

Selected (19 July 2016) to represent South Africa at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Won gold in the T42 200m (25.89s), gold & new World record in the 800m (2:06.70s), gold in the 100m (13.13s), gold & new World record in the 400m (52.61s), awarded Best Athletes of the Games at IWAS Under 23 World Games (29 June – 3 July 2016)

Invited to participate in the 2016 IWAS u23 World Games hosted in Prague between 29 June and 3 July

Won bronze in the under-16 400m and gold in the Medley Relay at the South African Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior & Under 23 Championships for ‘ABLE’ athletes in Germiston

Selected to represent Gauteng North at the ‘ABLE’ South African Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior & Under 23 Championships in the Boys under-16 400m and Medley Relay in Germiston

set a 400m T42 World Record (53.19s) to add to his African Records in the 100m (13.34s), 200m (26.20s) and, unofficially, the 800m (2:14.00s) races at the 2016 Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled

Won Gauteng School Sport Awards LSEN Male Athlete of the Year accolade
2015 Won Gauteng North Sports Association for the Physically Disabled’s awards for Most Developed Athlete of the Year, Junior Sportsman of The Year, and Overall Sports Winner of the Year in 2015

Set an unofficial Senior World Record in the T42 400m at the 2015 IWAS Junior World Games in Stadskanaal and won the Athlete with International Potential award

Set three African Records (and unofficial Junior World Records) in the T42 under-20 category at the 2015 SASAPD Nedbank National Athletics Championships plus added another gold in the javelin item

Represented South Africa as a guest of Wheelchair Tennis SA at the 2014 Doha Goals Forum
2014 Competed at the 2014 Nedbank National Athletics Championships where he blitzed to gold in the 100m with a time of 17.02 seconds and took silver in the long jump
2013 Ambassador for the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund at Avis Cares Event, Warrior Race Series StepUp500 Challenge, Exhibition Race at Nedbank SASAPD National Para Athletics Championships, Celebrity Cycle Tour
2012 Starred in a ZDF German Television production focused on the Jumping Kids initiative

In September 2012, Ntando is fitted with his first mobility solution at an event sponsored by Avis South Africa in collaboration with Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics and the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund

Ntando undergoes a bilateral through-knee amputation at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria

Ntando Mahlangu in Netflix Original about Paralympics

Initially planned to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Rising Phoenix, a ground-breaking film about the Paralympics staring South Africa's Ntando Mahlangu, launches world-wide on Netflix on 26 August 2020

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