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SA man on crutches finishes marathon

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

A South African amputee has sets his sights on taking part in the Ironman race after completing the Comrades Marathon on crutches.

Xolani Luvuno, who is a recovering drug addict and a cancer survivor, finished the 90km (56 mile) race just shy of 16 hours on Sunday.

The 34-year-old said this race made him a better person and it required a lot of training.

It helped me to turn my life around because I used to be an alcoholic, going to parties. So I see myself not partying anymore, instead concentrating on my running.”

He told the BBC he is now thinking about the future:

I’ve done Comrades Marathon now. It’s in the past. Now I’m thinking about next January. I want to make it to Ironman race [which includes swimming, bike-riding and running].”

Luvuno has been widely praised on Twitter:

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Ross Lester@rosslester

While I am sitting thinking if I should work out or not, Xolani Luvuno completed the Comrades Ultra on crutches. He is a national treasure. What’s my excuse again? WATCH: Amputee runner’s inspiring Comrades finish https://youtu.be/VZbNex291Xk

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