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A Life Pace

Athletes running on an outdoor track.
South African runner Kamogelo Moncho competes in the 5000m

Special Olympics Athlete Kamogelo Moncho, 28, South Africa, is bringing home a gold medal in the men's 5000m and a bronze medal in the 1500m but it is the sport itself that brings him the most pride.

"Running and Special Olympics absolutely changed my life, helping me to get off the streets, build my confidence, set a purpose for the future, and travel to new places."
Kamogelo Moncho, Special Olympics South Africa Athlete

Moncho trains two times a day, seven days a week, once in the morning and once in the evening, to gain strength, stamina, and endurance. While he excels at both the 1500m and the 5000m distances, it is the 5000m where he feels his skills shine and provides an opportunity for his family to be proud of his accomplishments.

"I feel running longer distances requires more skill and strategy and I am stronger for it as a runner."

Moncho began running in 2010 and when he sets out to log time on the track or for distance it makes him happy. "Running helps people see me for my abilities."

Athletes standing on the podium for first, second, and third place after a race, athlete Kamogelo Moncho stands in first.
2nd Ron BECK from Israel 1st Kamogelo MONCHO from South Africa 3rd Jonas LANGE from Denmark 5000m Level A award ceremony Athletics / Leichtathletik Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, 19.06.2023 Foto: Marvin Ibo Güngör