Puseletso Mabote

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Born17 April 2005
SchoolKing Edward VII School
Lives inNigel, South Africa

Story

In 2010 Puseletso Mabote underwent an emergency amputation after a truck crashed into the family vehicle on the way to school. The accident claimed his right leg from above the knee.

After struggling with his mobility for three years, he became a beneficiary of the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund in 2013 and was introduced to Para athletics to aid in his rehabilitation, as well as to give him a chance to test his prosthetic equipment and meet and mingle with physically challenged peers achieving great things.

By 2019, through intervention from the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund, Puseletso started high school at prestigious King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. That same year he set a new world record in men’s 200m T63 final at the 2019 World Para Athletics Junior Championships. That was only the start.

Now, at the start of his matric year (2024), Puseletso Mabote is a sponsored Global Team Toyota Athlete, a Start Your Impossible campaign ambassador, and well on his way to qualifying for selection to represent South Africa at Paris 2024 Paralympic Games in the Men’s T63 division.

HIGHLIGHTS since becoming a Jumping Kids beneficiary…

  • Selected to represent South Africa at the Kobe 2024 Para Athletics World Championships (17-25 May) in Japan.
  • World Record (00:25.12) in the Men’s Open 200m T63, and African records in both the 100m (00:12.23) and long jump (5.93) items in his division at the 2024 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • Leapt to a new T63 African Record (5.58) in the men’s long jump T63/64 final for fifth place, and added gold in the 100m men’s 100m T42/63 race in a new African Record time (00:12.43) at the Dubai 2024 World Para Athletics Grand Prix.
  • World Record (00:61.85) in the Men’s Open 400m T61/62/63 Final at the 2023 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • World Record (00:25.99) and Silver for Gauteng Province and in the Men’s Open 200m T44/61/62/63 Final at the 2023 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Gold (00:12.82) for Gauteng Province in the Men’s Open 100m T44/61/62/63 Final at the 2023 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Won the Men 200m T44/42/63 gold (27.26) at the 2022 Toyota South Africa SASAPD National Para athletics Championships in Germiston, South Africa.
  • Set a Men 100m T63 African record and new personal best time (12.64) at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan.
  • Competed in the Men Long Jump T63 Final for South Africa at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan.
  • Leapt to a (provisional) African Record in Long Jump u/17 men’s T63 division measuring 4,84m at the 2021 Toyota SA SASAPD National Track & Field Championships (24-26 April 2021) adding a 200m u/17 men’s T63 (provisional) RSA record (26,88 seconds) to his campaign
  • Unofficially smashed the T63 400m World Record time when he ran a blistering 1:04.65 at the Tuks Athletics stadium at an Athletics Gauteng North league meet in March 2020.
  • Set a new men’s 200m T63 world record at the 2019 World Para Athletics Junior Championships that took place in Nottwil, Switzerland.
  • Selected to represent South Africa at the 2019 IWAS World Games in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (February 12 – 16).
  • Won gold in the Boys 16 T64 100m, 200m and long jump events at Central Gauteng Sports Association for Physically Disabled Provincial Athletics Trials in Germiston  (3 November 2018).
  • Represented South Africa at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal in 2017 (November 30th to December 6th).