Yesterday, Portugal’s Alexandre Almeida won a silver medal in the visually impaired 100 meter race with a time of 13:33 at the Jogos Desportivos da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa currently taking place in Luanda, Angola. He finished just outside the medals in fourth in the 200 meter race with a time of 28.39. Teammate João Mota finished fifth in the 200 meter event, and fourth in the 400 meter visually impaired races.
Other countries that have sent visually impaired competitors to these Games include Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, and Cape Verde. Mozambique has won five gold medals and five silver medals in adaptive athletic events at these Games so far. Edmilson Governo collected three of the country’s golds while winning the 100, 200 and 400 meter races. Hilário Chavela and Denise das Dívidas each won one of the other gold medals.
Vice-President of the Federação Portuguesa de Desporto para Pessoas com Deficiência Cristina Marques is quoted as saying in response to inclusion of adaptive athletics on the program, “The participation of adapted athletes the Jugos CPLP is very important for adapted sports in general and, as with all investments, our role should be to disseminate all appropriate rules and promotion. We are always aiming to produce results at these events, integrating other appropriate rules and in the case of Jugos CPLP to broaden the participation of other disabilities into adapted athletics.” Marques is with the team in Luanda.
This is the fourth time that Portuguese visually impaired athletics competitors have competed at the Games. They also competed at the 2006, 2010 and 2012 editions of the Games. The competition officially wraps up on August 2.