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Edmilsa Governo



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
F13, T13

Further personal information

Maputo, MOZ
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Accounting - Commercial Institute of Maputo: Mozambique

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 14 in Maputo, Mozambique.
Why this sport?
"My teachers, because of my disability, did not accept me to be part of the teams that competed in the school sports games. I felt discriminated against, but that did not make me abandon the sport. One day, a teacher recognised that despite the disability, I had a promising future in the sport, and thanks to him I am still in athletics."
Club / Team
CD Madchedje: Maputo, MOZ
Name of coach
Narciso Faquir

International debut

Competing for
Mafra, POR

General interest

Travel, shopping, cooking. (Facebook profile, 09 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T12 400m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Mozambican middle distance runner Maria de Lurdes Mutola. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to music before competitions. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Time is my biggest rival." (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was Mozambique's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Sep 2016)
She became the first athlete representing Mozambique to win a medal in any sport at the Paralympic Games, when she claimed bronze in the women's T12 400m at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 14 May 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 06 Aug 2021)
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
She was born with a vision impairment. (, 30 Oct 2014)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T12 Heat 1 2015-10-22 3
Women's 400 m T12 Final 1 2015-10-23 3
Women's 200 m T12 Heat 2 2015-10-24 10
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 2 2015-10-26 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 3 2016-09-08 3
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 2 2016-09-09 3
Women's 400 m T12 Heat 3 2016-09-15 2
Women's 400 m T12 Final Round 2016-09-17 3