Gracelino Tavares Barbosa

Cape Verde has won its first ever medal in the Paralympic Games. Gracelino Tavares Barbosa won a bronze medal in the 400m T20 race in Rio de Janeiro. Gracelino, 31, was delighted to have been the first Cape Verdean to win a Paralympic medal. First place went to a Brazilian and second place to a Venezuelan. He is now hopeful that his success will encourage other people with a disability, not only in Cape Verde but also in the rest of Africa, to take up a sport. The President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, telephoned the athlete to congratulate him.