Ntando Mahlangu, a 14-year-old double amputee Paralympic athlete, won silver in the 200m for South Africa and the Rainbow nation has been celebrating the teenager on social media platform, Twitter.
Mahlangu started using prostheses less than four years ago but managed to complete his race in a time of 23.77 seconds, only behind Britain’s Richard Whithead but ahead of another Brit David Henson.
“Wow‚ it’s a very great feeling and I just want to thank SA for allowing me to have this opportunity. Thanks to all the people back home who helped me get here‚” Mahlangu said after the race.
Wow‚ it’s a very great feeling and I just want to thank SA for allowing me to have this opportunity. Thanks to all the people back home who helped me get here.
The government’s official twitter handle congratulated him as did the Minister of Sports, Mbalula Fikile. According to a trend tracker in South Africa, Mahlangu was in the top trends on the twitter space. South Africans also widely celebrated his feat on twitter.
As at Monday, Tunisia was Africa’s biggest medalist with 9 medals (4 golds, 4 silvers and a bronze) they were however ranked 10th on the overall log. Nigeria and South Africa followed with 7 and 6 medals respectively.
Ntando Mahlangu, 14 years old made history. I met with him and other athletes and in Rio— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) September 12, 2016