The Paralympics are all about incredible sporting moments and fairy-tale stories – and this latest moment is up there with the highlights of the Games so far.
T11 runner Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo’s Tokyo Paralympics will live long in the memory thanks to the romantic gesture of her guide.
Visually impaired Semedo narrowly missed out on semi-final qualification after she finished fourth in the women’s 200m but still left the track with a smile on her face.
At the end of the race her guide Manuel Antonio Vaz da Veiga got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.
Visually impaired runners run side by side with their guides and are attached together via a small running tether.
And the pair are clearly attached at the heart too as Semedo said ‘yes’ to her partner’s proposal surrounded by her fellow athletes and their guides.
‘They’re the ones who are able to make this possible, by putting me on the start line in a position to go for it, so I’m a little bit lost for words in many ways.’
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