Ntando Mahlangu – The New Blade Runner

I am sure we all know Oscar Pistorius however there is a new blade runner in South Africa and his name is Ntando Mahlangu. Ntando was born with hemimelia (meaning that his legs didn’t fully develop below the knees) and in 2012 his legs were amputated at the knee. Months later, he was introduced to the charity organization Jumping kids, which assisted him with prosthetic legs – including a pair of blades similar to that worn by former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. Today he is planning to compete at Rio Olympic. The 14-year old recently said that he took him a week to learn to walk on the prosthetic legs and after two weeks he was able to run. “I felt good when I was able to play soccer with my friend, it was lekker… I always wanted to run and I always believed I would be able to run one day. I was always positive with myself… I love running” he said. Ntando’s life is a reminder that we must not let what we cannot control interfere with what we can control.


Credit: SundayTimes.