As the Paralympic Games in Tokyo come to an end, one athlete and her guide showed us that things are just getting started.
Following the women’s 200m T11 Heat 4 event, Manuel Antonio Vaz da Veiga, the guide for visually-impaired sprinter Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo of Cape Verde, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend and running partner.
Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo from Cape Verde got a surprise marriage proposal from guide after her Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Women’s 200m T11 Heat 4 event.#YouDeserveIt
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“With the proposal there’s just too many emotions going on right now,” Semedo said, Paralympics.org reported. “I don’t have words to explain how I feel. I am sure our parents will go crazy. They will like it. These were my first Paralympic Games and with my age and speed I was actually thinking about stopping afterwards.”
“But now I have an additional motivation to carry on after the Games, always with him by my side,” she added.