Ntando Mahlangu is a South African Paralympic athlete. He won the gold medal in both the men’s long jump T63 and men’s 200 metres T61 events at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. He won the silver medal in the men’s 200 metres T42 event at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also a two-time medalist at the World Para Athletics Championships.
Mahlangu was born with fibular hemimelia, which affected the development of both his legs below the knee. In 2012, it was decided to amputate both his legs at the knee. Later that year he received his first set of blades. He attended primary school at Laerskool Constantiapark and high school at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria. Early in his career, he competed as a T42-classified athlete. Mahlangu represented South Africa at the 2016 Summer Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he won the silver medal in the men’s 200 metres T42 event at the age of 14.
At the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, United Kingdom, he won the silver medal in the men’s 200 metres T42 event. He also competed in the men’s 100 metres T42 event where he did not advance to compete in the final. At the beginning of 2018, World Para Athletics implemented classification changes and, as of that year, he competes as a T61-classified athlete, a class specifically for athletes with double above the knee amputation.
At the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, he won the gold medal in the men’s 200 metres T61 event and he finished in 4th place in the men’s long jump T63 event. He qualified to represent South Africa at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. In April 2021, Mahlangu set a new world record of 22.94 s in the men’s 200 metres T61 final at the 2021 Toyota South African Sports for the Physically Disabled National Championships in Gqeberha, South Africa.
Mahlangu won the gold medal in the men’s long jump T63 event at the 2020 Summer Paralympics held in Tokyo, Japan, in a world record jump of 7.17 m. He also won the gold medal in the men’s 200 metres T61 event.
In 2020, he starred in the documentary film Rising Phoenix.