The 19-years old Ntando Mahlangu won a Paralympic gold medal in the men’s T63 long jump final on Saturday, the 28th of August 2021, setting a new world record with a jump of 7.17 metres. It is the world record in the T61 category.
The previous world record was set by German Leon Schafer with 7.12 metres at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Puseletso Mabote finished in the 9th place with 5.18m.
It was South Africa’s second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics after Arune Weyers in the final of the women’s 400m T47 category with a time 0f 57.59 seconds.
Mahlangu further expressed his gratitude to his Coach Neil, who has been a huge influence in his world breaking leap.