Partners on the track became partners for life in a touching proposal following a 200-meter women’s race at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Visually impaired runner Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo of Cape Verde finished fourth in her qualifying heat, but she ended up with something even better than a gold medal.
Following the race, her guide, Manuel Antonio Vaz da Vega, grasped her right hand, got down on one knee and produced an engagement ring.
Semedo, 32, tearfully accepted the surprise proposal and the two shared a hug as their fellow competitors applauded.
Visually impaired runners compete with a partner who is attached to them via a small tether, so Semedo and da Vega already had become a tight-knit team on the track.
“May the two of them run together for life! ❤️” the official Paralympics account tweeted.
She showed off her engagement ring as the guides for the other runners in the race explained to them what was happening, resulting in them breaking out in smiles and applause.