Cyril Ramaphosa joins SA’s golden duo at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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South African Ntando Mahlangu wins Paralympic gold in Tokyo with world record

Thomas LOVELOCK / OIS / IOC / AFP

South Africans rejoiced on Saturday when the para-athletes Anrune weyers and Ntando Mahlangu won gold for the country at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Mahlangu won gold in the T63 long jump final and set a new world record with a jump of 7.17m, edging Germany’s Leon Schaefer by 7.12.

Weyers won her final in the 400m T45 with a time of 56.05, ahead of second-placed Venezuelan Lisbeli Vera Andrade (57.32).

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated Mahlangu and Weyers for their outstanding achievement in Tokyo.

The South African anthem has sounded twice in Tokyo as politicians, other sports stars and ordinary people all paid tribute to the duo’s incredible success on track and field.

This follows the SA Olympic athletics team, which failed to reach the podium for the first time since its readmission.

SA’s Paralympic contingent have so far accumulated two medals and the Paralympic Games are scheduled to end on September 5th.

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