Mozambique has won its first medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The country came second place on Monday, 28th July 2014, when Maria Elisa Muchavo won a silver medal in the women’s 100 metres T12 final, Scotland’s Libby Clegg took first place.
The race was for visually impaired athletes, each participant was accompanied by a guide who ran alongside them.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games is the largest sporting event ever held in Scotland, with just under five thousand athletes from 71 countries competing in 17 different sports. This year’s edition also hosts a record breaking 22
para-sport events spanning five sports.
Maria Elisa Muchavo began the running sport in 2010, in Mozambique’s Maputo, her reason for taking up running was because Miss Muchavo has always liked athletics. Her ambition is to go on and win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she is inspired by Mozambique Olympian 800m runner Maria de Lurdes Mutola. Miss Muchavo was also Mozambique’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Mozambique has a team of fifteen athletes competing at the competition which ends this Sunday.