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A visually impaired Paralympian is overjoyed when her guide proposes to her after their race
via Paralympic Games / Twitter

Sprinter Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo won't be leaving the Tokyo Paralympics with a medal, but she did get something that may be even better: an engagement ring.

Semedo currently lives in Portugal but is originally from Cape Verde, the country she's represented as a Paralympian since 2005.

Semedo came in fourth place in the preliminaries for the 200-meter dash for athletes in the T11 classification, meaning they have very low visual acuity and/or no light perception. To run safely, she is tethered to her running partner, Manuel Antonio Vaz da Veiga.


But it looks like they're going to be tethered together for much longer than their time on the track. After the 200-meter dash was over Vaz da Veiga can be seen briefly leaving the track and then returning with a few more runners and guides.

Then, he got down on one knee and proposed to Semedo, who appeared to be overjoyed by the proposal as Vaz da Veiga put a ring on her finger and then gave her a big hug.

"May the two of them run together for life!" tweeted the official Paralympic Games account.

Shortly after the race and proposal, Semedo was completely overwhelmed.

"With the proposal, there's just too many emotions going on right now," Semedo said after the race, via Paralympic.org. "I don't have words to explain how I feel. These were my first Paralympic Games and with my age and speed, I was actually thinking about stopping afterwards. But now I have an additional motivation to carry on after the Games, always with him by my side."

Vaz da Veiga later admitted he had been planning the big moment since she was selected for the Cape Verde team in July.

"I thought this was the best occasion and the best place to do it," he said. "This [an athletics stadium] is her second home. She has been competing since 2005."

"We have been together in a relationship for 11 years, so I thought it was about time to come up with a proposal," he added. "So why not do it?"

The engagement wasn't the only in Tokyo this summer. During the Summer Olympic games Argentine fencer Maria Belen Pérez Maurice was proposed to by her coach of 17 years, Lucas Saucedo.

After Pérez Maurice was knocked out of the games she gave her post-match interview and Saucedo stood behind her with a sign that read: "Will you marry me, please?"

When Pérez Maurice saw the sign she let out a scream of joy and accepted the proposal.

"They [the interviewer] told me to turn around, and he had the letter. I forgot everything. I was like: 'Oh my God,'" she said. "We are very happy. We are very good partners. Of course, we have fights, but we enjoy each other's time. We love each other so much, and we want to spend our lives together. We are going to celebrate in Buenos Aires with a big barbecue."

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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