Visually impaired runner Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo of Cape Verde who ended up fourth in the 200-meter women’s race at the Tokyo Paralympics received a sweet proposal from her guide Manuel Antonio Vaz da Veiga.
The two who are partners on track became partners for life after a touching proposal following a 200-meter women’s race on Wednesday.
Following the race, Manuel Antonio Vaz da Vega, her guide, grasped her right hand, got down on one knee, and produced an engagement ring. Semedo, 32, looked visually moved and accepted the surprise proposal, and shared a loving hug in front of other competitors.
Visually impaired runners compete with a guide who is attached to them via a small tether, so Semedo and da Vega were already a tight-knit team on the track. She showed off her engagement ring as the guides for the other runners explained to them what was happening, resulting in smiles and applause all around.
Semedo, who lives in Portugal competes for her birth country of Cape Verde. She has been competing since she was a teen in 2005 after the encouragement of a teacher. She listed da Vega as the top influence on her career in her Olympic profile, but now “future husband” is a better description for him.
We wish both of them the very best in life and hope they continue running together in every race of life.