- Xolani Luvuno's right leg was amputated at the knee
- However, he completed the Comrades Marathon while running in crutches
- This has inspired thousands of South Africans
A 33-year-old amputee runner has inspired thousands of South Africans by completing the 2018 Comrades Marathon in crutches.
Even more incredibly, he completed the gruelling 89km race before the 6pm cut-off time, Briefly.co.za gathered. He also started the race five hours before the actual start.
Xolani Luvuno's right leg was amputated at the knee in 2009 as a result of bone marrow cancer. According to EWN, he is also a recovered drug addict.
He completed the race with the help of Hein Venter, his coach. Amazingly, Hein handed Xolani one of is old medals after Xolani couldn't get one.
Briefly.co.za reported recently that Hein also helped Xolani overcome his drug addiction when he found him about two years ago.
Speaking to EWN after the race, Xolani thanked his supporters, coach, and director of the Marathon. He added:
I wanted to make sure that I finish before cut-off time and my coach said to me don’t rush because the Comrades Marathon is not 42km, it’s a big race.
Social media has been abuzz with congratulations for Xolani and praise for Hein for being there for him. See some reactions to their astonishing feat below.
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