Tributes pour in for Xolani Luvuno after running for 19 hours and finishing the Comrades at the last 5km mark!
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Amputee runner, Xolani Luvuno inspired all of South Africa yesterday as he pursued his dream of completing the 2019 Comrades Marathon on crutches, even though marathon organisers denied him entry.
But that did not stop the incredibly talented South African who chose to run next to the route, without any support vehicles, refusing to give up on his dream!
“Xolani’s vest today, honouring the children of Ethembeni school and others who have made him count his own blessings…. What an amazing young man!
And yes, he is running in a 2018 number. Xolani was granted permission to run in 2018 but denied permission in 2019. They tried to stop him from starting last night. After about 35 km while it was still pitch dark, he was forced by the traffic police to run on the pavement and without his support vehicles.
Show them Xolani, our battle to run was worth it…”
Runners who passed Xolani all offered him support and recognised him for his strength of character will power and courage, but unfortunately, the runner finished the day’s race at the last 5km mark.
Xolani took a lift in a sweep vehicle as he would have missed the cut-off time, but tributes have been pouring in since then in support of the inspirational running!
Nicolle Shedden Weir posted: “Xolani you’re a legend! Well done for enduring u have inspired all of us with your never give up attitude and a happy smile.”
Dietlyn Bekker said: “What an absolute privilege to watch you today Xolani you are an inspiration to all! Congratulations!”
Marlene Raubenheimer Van Rooyen commented: “Respect Xolani! You are an amazing athlete! And we love you!!!”
Frances Meeser added: “What an absolutely amazing effort – well done Xolani!! Your courage and determination is amazing and may it encourage our nation as a whole.”
Jean Reed posted: “Absolutely fantastically well done. He did better than everyone who stayed home!! Onwards and upwards from here. What a hero and an inspiration. Xolani, you can be so proud of yourself.”
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