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Samkelo Radebe



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T45, F45

Further personal information

South Africa
Zulu, English
Higher education
Law - University of Johannesburg: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport during high school in 2003.
Why this sport?
"Athletics is an individual sport with individual success or failure."
Name of coach
Suzanne Ferreira [national]
Coach from which country?
South Africa

General interest

Sam, Saminator (Athlete, 06 Oct 2010)
Movies, computer games, listening to music. (Athlete, 23 Jan 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 19 Jun 2013)
Hero / Idol
US actor Will Smith. (Athlete, 23 Jan 2011)
He developed shin splints in 2007, which led to him failing to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. He also cites it as a reason for the drop in his performance levels until 2010. (Athlete, 23 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's not the fastest person that wins the race, and it's not the strongest men that win the war. It's determined by time and opportunity." (Athlete, 23 Jan 2011)
Awards and honours
He was named Gauteng Sport Personality of the Year in 2013. (, 2013)

In 2013 he was awarded NYDA Future Leaders Presidential Award in Durban, South Africa. (, 2013)

In 2013 he was chosen as Sportsman with a Disability of the Year in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. (, 07 Jul 2013)

He was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the South African National Championships in 2006 and 2009. (Athlete, 06 Oct 2010)
He was electrocuted at age nine when the kite he was flying hit a pylon. He spent nine months in hospital and recalls a time during treatment when he couldn't tell skin from bone. Both his arms were amputated below the elbow. "I lost my hands but I don’t just want to be a disabled person. I want to be an extraordinary, amazing human because being disabled is not enough. I want to be that guy without hands who can do things much better than most." (, 19 Jun 2013;, 24 Aug 2012)
Other information
In 2014 he started working at Werksmans Attorneys, a law firm in Sandton, South Africa, where he has to complete two years of litigation and commercial law work before he is admitted as an attorney. (, 06 Apr 2014)

He has been an ambassador for iStart2, an initiative that uses art, sports and business for sustainability programmes in South Africa. (, 2013)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T46 Heat 1 2011-01-23 4
Men's 200 m T46 Final 2011-01-24 7
Men's 100 m T46 Heat 1 2011-01-25 4
Men's 100 m T46 Final 2011-01-26 6
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final 2011-01-29 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
Men's 100 m T46 Heat 2 2012-09-06 6