First Cape Verde Athlete Ever Achieves London Qualification03.07.2012
For the first time, Cape Verde will participate at the Paralympic Games on merit and not by invitation. Márcio Fernandes achieved the A Qualification time and will be the country’s only athlete in Athletics.
"The funny thing is that just started playing sports after the accident."
He also ran the 100m T44 in a time of 12.02 and the 200m in 24.59 in May at a meet in Paris, also achieving the A qualification standard.
Fernandes, who at the age of 10 had his leg amputated after a car accident in 1994, trains twice a day for the Paralympic Games.
"The funny thing is that just started playing sports after the accident," he said.
Born in Portugal, the 29-year-old electrician and father of two has chosen to represent the country of origin of his parents.
The 200m T44 preliminaries take place on 1 September at 19:48, with the final the following day at 21:30.
The men’s javelin F44 final takes place on 2 September at 19:10.
The preliminaries of the men’s 100m T44 take place at 19:00 on 5 September, with the final the following day at 21:58, a race in which USA’s Jerome Singleton, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius and Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock will likely go head to head.