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Long-jumper Ntando Mahlangu and 400m runner Anrune Weyers both won gold medals for South Africa at the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday.

Mahlangu, a 19-year-old South African, achieved a new world record.

This is South Africa's first two Olympic medals.

Mahlangu set a new world record with a jump of 7.17 meters in the T63 final, beating out German Leon Schaefer's 7.12 meters.

Back in Rio, the adolescent sensation grabbed silver in the men's 200 meters T42, making him the youngest South African to reach the Olympic podium at the age of 14.

Mahlangu was born with fibular hemimelia, which necessitated the amputation of both legs at the knee in 2012.

Due to a revision of the International Paralympic Committee's classification system, he was reclassified from T42 to T61 in 2018.

After winning the 200m T61 at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, the Rio silver medalist has progressed into a world-class para-athlete.

Puseletso Mabote of South Africa finished 9th with a distance of 5.18 meters in the same long-jump event on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Weyers won her 400m T45 final in 56.05 seconds, finishing comfortably ahead of Lisbeli Vera Andrade of Venezuala in second (57.32).

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