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BARBOSA Gracelino Tavares
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cape Verde   
Place of BirthTarrafal, CPV
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
T20, F20
Further Personal Information
Portuguese, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at about age 14 in Cape Verde.
Why this sport?
His dream was to play football, but after he broke his toe he switched to athletics as his friends were involved in the sport. "I ended up realising that athletics is not only running. We learn techniques, schedules, responsibilities and discipline. Rules that make us men."
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Cape Verde
Cape Verde
General Interest
Eurico (, 10 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His children. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
He was affected by a knee injury during the 2019 season and missed about a month towards the end of the year. (, 11 Sep 2019;, 17 Oct 2019)

He missed several months of action in early 2014 because of a knee injury. (, 21 May 2014)
Awards and honours
He received an acknowledgement in the sports category at the 2018 Cape Verde Success Gala. (, 01 Dec 2018)

In 2017 he received the Order of Merit in Cape Verde. (, 25 May 2017)

He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2017 INAS Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. (, 23 May 2017)
He became the first athlete representing Cape Verde in any sport to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, when he claimed bronze in the T20 400m at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 10 Sep 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 28 Sep 2018)
Other information
In 2018 he established the Gracelino Barbosa Foundation in Cape Verde, which aims to promote, support and develop sporting, social and cultural activities. "Our focus is the inclusion of people with impairments and children, as well as teaching children and old people. For children we also created a sports section including a teaching programme before training. The goal is to overcome difficulties, because I have been overcoming difficulties all my life." (Associacao Gracelino Barbosa Facebook page, 14 Sep 2019;, 28 Sep 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 400m T20 48.55
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2013 Long Jump T20 5.99
6 2015 400m T20 51.36
14 2015 Long Jump T20 5.97
4 2017 400m T20 50.16