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THE TOP RUNNER

A behind the scenes look at South African athletics

 

'The journey was hard but I’ve learned a lot. I sleep well these days' - Ramaala nominated for GSA

“I think I’ve figured it out!” Exclaimed the Entsika Athletic Club coach during an interview with #TheTopRunner. Hendrik Ramaala was sharing his eureka moment in response to a question about the transition from elite athlete to coach. Although he is better known for winning the 2004 New York Marathon, Ramaala is now gaining prominence as a coach after guiding Precious Mashele and Desmond Mokgobu to Olympic qualification and their debut appearance at #Tokyo2021. His efforts ha

'This one is very special because I had Covid a few months before The Games' - Anrune Weyers

If Anrune Weyers seemed more emotional after winning gold in Tokyo than she did when she won her first Paralympic medals in London, that's because she almost didn't make it to Japan. That's because just a few months before finishing first in the women's T47 400m final, Weyers was bedridden by Covid19. "This one is very special and the reason for that is I had Covid just a few months before the games," she told journalists at Toyota Motors South Africa's headquarters on Friday

'My dream came true' says Ntando Mahlangu as he pockets over R1 million for two gold medals

South African Paralympic sensation Ntando Mahlangu bagged his second gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics yesterday, when he won the 200m in the T61 category. Mahlangu who is the world record holder in the event, clocked 23.59 to cross the finish line ahead of Great Britain's Richard Whitehead with Ali Lacin of Germany in third. Speaking to the SASCOC media team in Japan, the 19-year-old couldn't contain his excitement. "What a great run I had! I think coming into the race I h

Mahlangu's Paralympic success underlines why Jumping Kids needs continued support

In setting a new world record to win Paralympic gold on Saturday, Ntando Mahlangu underlined why it is important that organisations working to ensure mobility for all continue to receive both public and private support. The 19-year old double above knee amputee leapt to 7.17 meters to set a new global mark for T63 athletes in the long jump. But his gold medal which comes on the back of the silver he won in the 200m at #Rio2016, may never have happened if he hadn't met Michael

 

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