Mpumelelo continues golden run


For the past few days, the performances of South African athletes on the international stage can certainly be compared to one of Adam’s hits: Gold!

Because after Akani Simbine and Prudence Sekgodiso set the year’s fastest times in the 100m and 800m, Mpumelelo Mhlongo continued the golden run at the World Paralympic Athletics Championships in Japan.

The 30-year-old South African turned heads for his opponents in the 100 m for T44 athletes to win the event in a spectacular time of 11.34 s.

Malaysia’s Eddy Bernard (11.77s) was second, followed by Sri Lanka’s Indika Gamage (11.83s) in third place.

In addition, Mhlongo was also the defending champion after he won the 100 m with his run of 11.46 s in Paris in 2023.

South Africa currently boasts three medals at the championship in Kobe.

Louzanne Coetzee and her guide Estean Badenhorst collected the bronze medal in the 1,500 m for T11 athletes with her time of 4:50.78, while Liezel Gouws also tasted bronze in the 400 m for T37 athletes.

South Africa’s team in Kobe: Simoné Kruger, Sheryl James, Louzanne Coetzee, Liezel Gouws, Yane van der Merwe, Juané le Roux, Mpumelelo Mhlongo, Kerwin Noemdo, Puseletso Mabote, Daniel du Plessis, Paul Daniels, Ndodomzi Ntutu, Khumo Pitso, Sadha Felix and Cllen Mahlalela.