Skip Nav

Guide Runner Proposes to Partner After Paralympic 200m Race

A Cape Verde Paralympic Athlete and Her Guide Ran Across the Finish Line — Then He Proposed

After racing in the women's 200m dash prelims on Sept. 2 for athletes in the T11 classification, meaning they have "very low visual acuity and/or no light perception," Cape Verde's Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo received a diamond-size surprise from her guide runner and partner of 11 years, Manuel Antonio Vaz da Veiga. He got down on one knee and proposed! Watch the sweet video above.

"With the proposal there's just too many emotions going on right now," Semedo said after the race, via Paralympic.org. "I don't have words to explain how I feel." Semedo continued, "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." Semedo has been competing since 2005.

Though they didn't qualify through to the finals, it's safe to say that their future seems to have gotten off to a golden start!

Latest Fitness