The South African teen came second in the 200m race for above-the-knee amputees.

Mahlangu began walking with prosthetics four years ago and fell in love with running soon after – and it’s paid off. Mahlangu came in second at 23.77s. Defending champion Richard Whitehead (Great Britain) bagged gold at 23.39s and bronze went to David Henson (Great Britain) at 24.74s.

Mahlangu told the Sunday Times ZA about learning to use the prosthetic ‘blades’:

‘It took me a week to learn to walk on them, and after two weeks I was able to run. I felt good when I was able to play soccer with my friends. It was lekker.’

We wish him all the best with his career!

Mahlangu celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony © Alexandre Loureiro/Getty