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Angolan Paralympic athletes preparing at hpc

By hpc media office

Posted on 19 March 2012

The Angolan Paralympic team, chosen to represent Angola at the paralympic games in London from 29 August to 9 September this year is currently training at the hpc. The team includes top names such as José Armando Sayovo, Octávio dos Santos, Joaquim Manuel, Maria da Silva and Esperanca Gicasso, all visually impaired.

The Angolan runner José Armando Sayovo, who lost his sight in 1997 as he served in the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) following an anti-tank landmine accident, has become one of the African and world's top references in Paralympics, being the second athlete to win three golden medals and respective record at international competitions.

He was the first person to win a Paralympic medal for Angola when he won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints at the 2004 Summer Paralympic Games in Athens. He represented Angola again at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and was his country's flagbearer during the Games' opening ceremony. He won three silver medals, in the men's T11 100m, 200m and 400m sprints for visually impaired athletes.

The Paralympic athletics classifications are:
11–13: Visually impaired/ Blind athletes;
32–38: Athletes with cerebral palsy;
40: Les Autres (others) (including people with dwarfism);
42–46: Amputees; and
51–58: Athletes with a spinal cord disability.

The class numbers are given prefixes of "T", "F" and "P" for track, field and pentathlon events, respectively.

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