Golden Boy Ntando Mahlangu Needs Your Vote

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South Africa’s Ntando Mahlangu, who won two gold medals at the Paralympics has been shortlisted for the BBC African Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award.

Mahlangu won the gold medal in both the men’s long jump T63 and men’s 200m T61 events at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.

On Wednesday the BBC featured the track and long jump star born with a congenital condition, hemimelia. 

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The disease had affected the development of his calf bones on both legs, so he spent the better part of his childhood in a wheelchair. 

In 2012, medics recommended the amputation of his legs through the knees.

The brave 19-year-old needs your vote to win the prestigious BBC African Sports Personality of the Year award.

Voting which can be done on the BBC website closes at 23:59 GMT on Sunday, 19 December.

The shortlist for BBC African Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award announced earlier this week has six contenders chosen by a panel of journalists from Africa and the United Kingdom.

The panel selected a shortlist based on the best African sporting achievements on the international stage in 2021 (between January and September).

The impact of the person’s achievement beyond their particular sport was also taken into account.

To vote for Mahlangu go to: https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/59089895

Voting closes at 23:59 GMT on Sunday, 19 December and the winner of the award will be announced on Friday, 7 January 2022 on Focus On Africa television and radio and on the BBC Sport website.

The nominees are:

  • Eliud Kipchoge (athletics)
  • Faith Kipyegon (athletics)
  • Ntando Mahlangu (para-athletics)
  • Christine Mboma (athletics)
  • Edouard Mendy (football)
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker (swimming)

The winner of the award will be announced on Friday, 7 January 2022 on Focus On Africa television and radio and on the BBC Sport website.