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BARBOSA Gracelino Tavares
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cape Verde   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthTarrafal, CPV
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20
Further Personal Information
Family
Two children
Residence
Porto, POR
Occupation
Electrician
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at about age 14 in Cape Verde.
Why this sport?
His dream was to play football, but after suffering a broken toe he switched to athletics as his friends were involved in the sport. "I ended up realising that athletics is not only running. We learn techniques, schedules, responsibilities and discipline. Rules that make us men."
Club / Team
ACR Senhora do Desterro: Portugal
Name of coach
Jose Costa Pereira
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Cape Verde
Location
Cape Verde
General Interest
Nicknames
Eurico (desporto.sapo.cv, 10 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His children. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He returned to competitive action in May 2014 after suffering from a knee injury. (asemana.publ.cv, 21 May 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the Order of Merit in Cape Verde. (governo.cv, 25 May 2017)

He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2017 INAS Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. (rtc.cv, 23 May 2017)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Cape Verdean athlete from any sport to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when he claimed bronze in the T20 400m at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jul 2017; dw.com, 09 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 400m T20 48.55
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2013 Long Jump T20 5.99
6 2015 400m T20 51.36
14 2015 Long Jump T20 5.97
4 2017 400m T20 50.16