Proudly SA: Best friends win gold and silver and prove dream of rainbow nation is alive

Proudly SA: Best friends win gold and silver and prove dream of rainbow nation is alive

- Ntutu and Langenhoven are best friends

- They won gold and silver in the T12 100m race at the Commonwealth Games

- They followed in footsteps of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies

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Best friends Jonathan Ntutu and Hilton Langenhoven scooped gold and silver for South Africa in the T12 100m race at the Commonwealth Games on 12 April.

The two visually impaired athletes are not only making South Africa proud, but are also proving that the dream of a rainbow nation is alive and well.

Briefly.co.za learned that Ntutu set a time of 11.02 for gold while Langenhoven took silver in a time of 11.27, his season's best. Earlier in the heats, Ntutu set a Games record of 10.80.

Ntutu and Langenhoven. Source: Team South Africa

Ntutu and Langenhoven. Source: Team South Africa

The two athletes followed in the footsteps of fellow South Africans Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies, who pulled off the same 1-2 feat earlier this week.

Speaking to Team South Africa, Ntutu said:

Wow, the feeling of winning gold is just awesome, although it’ll probably only really sink in a bit later.
There’s no doubting Akani and Henricho’s 1-2 in the 100m the other day motivated us to try even harder to do the same here tonight.

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Langenhoven added that their 1-2 is something they will both cherish for a long time:

We were convinced we’d get gold and silver but just didn’t know what order. It’s something lovely that Jonny and I will be able to sit down and chat about one day.

Ntutu was born visually impaired and changed sport from cricket to athletics because he couldn't see the ball properly.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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