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Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Cape Verde   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T64, F64
Further Personal Information
Wife Linda, two children, including son Ruben [2013]
London, ENG
English, Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1994 in Portugal.
Why this sport?
He chose the sport so he could have different challenges in different disciplines.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Cape Verde
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Canadian cancer research activist Terry Fox. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Play fair and clean." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He won the 2017 Disability Sports Award at the Bedford Sports Award ceremony in England. (, 10 Dec 2018)

He was Cape Verde's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (, 06 Sep 2016;, 29 Aug 2012)

In 2015 he received an Order of Merit in Cape Verde. (, 19 Nov 2015)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Sep 2019)
At age 10 his left leg was amputated after he was involved in a car accident. (, 03 Jul 2012)
Other information
In February 2018 he announced his retirement from Para athletics due to lack of motivation and lack of support.. "Everything in life has a beginning and an end, and the time came to put an end to my high performance competitive career. I will always be linked to the sport and available to collaborate and share all my experience with younger generations." In 2019 he returned to the sport to try and compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 23 Feb 2018;, 25 Sep 2019)

He has also served as a coach of young athletes at Bedford & County Athletics Club in Bedford, England. (Bedford Borough Council, 11 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 200m T44 24.84
9 2012 Javelin Throw F44 46.04
Round 1 2012 100m T44 12.16
9 2016 Javelin Throw F44 51.67
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 100m T44 11.74
2 2013 Javelin Throw F44 53.87
10 2015 Discus Throw F44 34.20
Heats 2015 100m T44 12.48
1 2015 Javelin Throw F44 56.24
4 2017 Javelin Throw F44 54.25