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CUNHA Lenine
Sport Para athletics
NPC Portugal   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthMafamude, POR
Height1.75 m
Weight 69 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T20, F20
Further Personal Information
Residence
Vila Nova de Gaia, POR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age seven at the Clube Federado in Portugal. Almost immediately, he took part in the youth games of Vila Nova di Gaia, Portugal, in the 1989/90 season. He switched to Para athletics at age 16.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to become involved in sport as a way to help him recover from the after-effects of meningitis. There were athletes in his family as well.
Club / Team
Sport Club Lenine Cunha: Vila Nova de Gaia, POR
Name of coach
Jose Costa Pereira [personal], POR, from 1999
Senior International Debut
Year
2000
Competing for
Portugal
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Bollnäs, SWE
General Interest
Nicknames
Lenny (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the long jump F20 at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Being named the Best Male Athlete by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability in 2017. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He suffered a left knee injury in 2017 that required surgery. It took him nine months to return to fitness. He also injured the same knee in 2014. (comiteparalimpicoportugal.pt, 28 Nov 2014; desporto.sapo.pt, 14 Sep 2017; Facebook page, 09 Jul 2018)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is impossible." (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the Best Male Athlete Award at the 2017 International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport Awards. (insidethegames.biz, 23 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
In the short term, his goal is to win a 200th career medal in international competition. As of 20 July 2018, he said he has 197. In the long term, he aims to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. (pt.rfi.fr, 23 Jul 2018; Facebook page, 18 Oct 2017)
Impairment
He contracted meningitis at age four. It caused speech impediments as well as diminished hearing and memory. (Facebook page, 18 Oct 2017; desporto.sapo.pt, 11 Apr 2015; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Other information
CLUB FOUNDER
In November 2015 he formed his own club, Sport Clube Lenine Cunha, which aims to help young athletes to start and develop their sporting careers. (airinformacao.pt, 21 Dec 2015; desporto.sapo.pt, 04 Apr 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2000 100m T20 11.49
5 2000 Long Jump F20 6.62
3 2012 Long Jump F20 6.95
6 2016 Long Jump T20 6.84
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2002 100m T20 11.57
5 2002 Long Jump F20 6.37
2 2011 Long Jump F20 6.74
3 2013 Long Jump T20 6.77
4 2015 Long Jump T20 7.08
1 2015 Triple Jump T20 14.16
2 2017 Triple Jump T20 13.03
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Long Jump T20 6.84
3 2016 Long Jump T20 6.56
4 2018 Long Jump T20 6.43