Thursday, August 09, 2007

Angola is now represented by visually impaired athletes!

Angola starts competing at the third Visually Impaired Athletes Championship of Brazil, which started last Monday at São Paulo and São Caetano do Sul.

Angola will be particularly placing a special focus on the defence of the triple record in athletics set by the Angolan José Sayovo Armando in the Paralympic Games of 2004, held in Greece.

After beating the world record at the championship's second edition in Quebec/2003 (Canada) in 400 metres, timing 51.29 minutes in 2004, Sayovo broke other records in Greece, in the categories of 100m (11.37 min.), 200m (23.04) and 400 metres.

Miguel Francisco and Evalina Alexandre, both got bronze medals from the just ended Pan-African Games of Algiers (Algeria), Octávio dos Santos, Estefânia Matias, Alayne Baptista, Jorge Amaro and Beatriz are also participating at the event.

The national team, coached by José Manuel, will participate in 100m, 200m and 400 meters races and long jump.

The athletics competition happens at Icaro de Castro Melo Stadium, at Ibirapuera, south of São Paulo.

The mentioned stadium, inaugurated in 1974, has the capacity to host 13.400 seated spectators.
With a delegation of 27 people in which eight are athletes, Angola competes only in the athletics discipline.


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