- An amputee is determined to complete the Comrades marathon despite being unable to use his special running blade
- He will have to use his normal prosthetic leg which slows him down a great deal
- He is determined to finish the Comrades and plans on competing in Tokyo in 2020's Paralympic Games
Xolani Luvuno dream of running the 90km ultra-marathon almost came to an end when an injury on his amputated leg made the use of his custom running blade, which was sponsored, impossible.
He refused to accept defeat and has accepted the challenge of completing the comrades with his normal prosthetic leg. This, however, will slow him down tremendously.
The Comrades officials have agreed to allow Luvuno an extra five hours to complete the comrades. This means that he will have to start the race five hours earlier and due to this, his participation will not be recognised officially.
The cut-off for the Comrades is 12 hours, the officials have given Luvuno an additional 30% time, five hours.
Luvuno has an incredible story, in 2009 he was diagnosed with bone cancer which resulted inhis right leg being amputated.
Two years ago he was homeless and living under a bridge in Pretoria and was addicted to alcohol and nyaope.
Hein Venter, spotted Luvuno begging and offered to help the young man.
"He looked so incredibly vulnerable," Venter explained.
In May 2017 Luvuno made the news when he was spotted walking a 42.2 km marathon on his prosthetic leg and crutches, he was given a sponsored running blade in July 2017 which he used to run his first marathon.
In order for him to use his running blade, he needs to have an operation on his stump which will have to be performed after the Comrades.
Luvuno has his eyes set on competing in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
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