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WATCH: Amputee runner's inspiring Comrades finish

11 June, 11:16 AM

It took a monumental effort, just shy of 16 hours, but amputee runner Xolani Luvuno did the unimaginable on Sunday when he finished the Comrades Marathon on crutches.

Luvuno set off on the gruelling 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. 

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The determined athlete was due to compete wearing running blades, but when the prosthetic let him down, he refused to give up on his dream.

A former drug addict and convict, Luvuno ended up living under a bridge in Pretoria. His right leg had been amputated in 2009 after he was diagnosed with bone cancer.

But his fortunes changed in 2016 when Irene businessman Hein Venter spotted him begging on the street and decided to help. 

Venter introduced Luvuno to his latest addiction - running. 

Luvuno has already identified his next goal.

He hopes to take on the Ironman Triathlon next and has his sights on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

And then, of course, there is next year's Comrades Marathon.

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