- Paralympic athlete, Teboho Mokgalagadi, won a gold medal on this day in 2004 at the Paralympic Games in Greece
- Teboho, who has cerebral palsy, won what was his first gold medal in a 100m sprint, it was also his first international competition.
- Now 36, Teboho works for the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in the Free State as a School Sports Promotion Officer
On this day in 2004, paralympic athlete Teboho Mokgalagadi won gold at the Paralympic games. The Paralympics were held in Greece that year and Teboho bagged two gold medals during the sports event.
Teboho has cerebral palsy, which causes muscle impairment (among other things) and is ultimately the result of brain damage at a young age. Teboho won his first gold medal in a 100m sprint, it was also his first international competition.
Now 36, Teboho works as a School Sports Promotion Officer at the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in the Free State where he was born. He is truly an inspiration and has remained humble throughout his success.
According to sahistory.org.za, after his win, Teboho fell to his knees in excitement as he matched his personal record of 13.07 seconds. He then went on to finish the 200m in a 26,80 seconds just 4 days later.
paralympic.org reported that Teboho won the Order of Ikhamanga award which is given by the South African to citizens that do well in their field. Although he is not as famous as many other athletes, Teboho remains an unsung hero.
In other news about sports heroes, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a Spanish triathlete who stopped to allow his opponent to overtake him after fumble. A Spanish triathlete is being lauded for his good sportsmanship. Diego Méntrida was behind British triathlete James Teagle when Teagle accidentally ran in the wrong direction.
Méntriga paused at the finish line to allow Teagle to overtake him. A video of the race was uploaded to Twitter by @GoodNewsCorres1yesterday and has since gained seven million views on the social networking site. According to @GoodNewsCorres1's caption, Méntrida waited for Teagle as he believed he deserved 3rd place.
The two shook hands moments before Teagle crossed the finish line, securing a bronze medal. Social media is brimming with messages for Méntrida as he displayed true sportsmanship in the now-viral video.
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