- Tebogo Mofokeng lost his legs after an illness
- He received new prosthetic blades recently
- This enabled him to participate in the World Youth Games in Ireland recently
18-year-old Tebogo Mofokeng could be South Africa's next superstar blade runner after participating in a major track event recently.
Briefly.co.za learned that Tebogo ran in three races at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) Federation Youth World Games in Athlone, Ireland.
Amazingly, he participated in the event just two months after receiving new athletic prosthetic blades. He was using normal prosthetics before that.
It's remarkable that he learned how to use them competitively within such a short period. Speaking to Sowetan Live, Tebogo said:
I was shocked when I was invited to compete in Ireland because I was still getting used to the blades. But I had faith in God and focused on my training.
The determined teenager, from Winterveldt in Pretoria, came third in his 400m race. He thanked his parents for supporting his athletic pursuits.
Tebogo's mother, Sinah, praised him for remaining active in sports despite losing his legs at a young age after an illness.
His dad, Johannes, expressed happiness that his son's dreams are finally coming true after years of living without legs.
For Tebogo, this is just the start. He said, "My dream is to work hard and run in the Paralympic Games."
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