In the soggy Olympic Stadium on Thursday, Cape Verde’s Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo failed to qualify for the women’s T11 200m semi-finals – but there was a surprise consolation.
After the race, her guide runner Manuel Antonio Vaz da Veiga got down on one knee and proposed.
A video of the magic moment showed both athletes beaming as Semedo accepted.
#Paralympics proposal alert 🥺— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) September 2, 2021
Manuel Antonio Vaz da Veiga, guide to Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo, popped the question after the women's T11 200m heats
May the two of them run together for life! ❤️#Tokyo2020 #ParaAthletics pic.twitter.com/BYfWVwtwYm
“Now I have an additional motivation to carry on after the Games, always with him by my side,” she said.