DURBAN- It took a monumental effort, just shy of 16 hours amputee runner Xolani Luvuno did the unimaginable on Sunday when he finished the Comrades Marathon on crutches.
Luvuno set off on the grueling 90km race five hours before the official start, and finished in a time of 15 hours and 50 minutes.
He crossed the finish line just before 16:30 – an hour before the official cut-off time.
Luvuno was set to participate wearing running blades but the prosthetic’s let him down, he did not give up on his dream of running the Comrades marathon.
He is a former drug addict and convict, was homeless, ended up living under a bridge in Pretoria, his right leg was amputated in 2009 after his diagnosis of bone cancer.
His life changed after businessman Hein Venter spotted him begging on the street and decided to help in 2016. Venter introduced him to his new passion, running, and he hopes to compete in the Ironman Triathlon next and has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
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