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Recalling Stélio Craveirinha

The voice that bothered the managers, directors and sports makers, who, accustomed to patting themselves on the back and pretending that everything is fine, were indignant with the straightforwardness, frankness, fidelity to Stélio’s truth and verticality, was silent. Many did not swallow it, because I told them the truths right away! Stélio did not tolerate falsehood, unmasked without intrusion any intruders and sports-lesbians that swarm around. Today the headlines of newspapers and television and radio news programs praise Stélio’s achievements and the ‘great lack and emptiness’ that he leaves in the national athletics family! Honestly, what hypocrisy! We are ALL hypocrites.

It was thinking about Stélio Craveirinha that I decided to briefly remind readers about the path of athletics in Mozambique. Indeed, the practice of athletics in Mozambique began to register some development in the 1950s, being practiced mostly in the missions and in rudimentary schools. During this phase, the main stage of the competitions was Parque José Cabral, the current Parque dos Continuadores. It was also during the colonial period that some of the greatest national references of the sport emerged, such as António Repinga, half marathon record holder and Victor Magalhães, 200 meter record holder. However, since the 1960s there has been a weakening of this modality due to the advancement of the National Liberation Struggle.

With the conquest of National Independence, the practice of this sport gained a new impetus and given the importance that the sport was acquiring, in 1978 the Mozambican Athletics Federation was created which in the same year joined the IAAF (International Athletics Federation). At the provincial level, the Mozambican Athletics Federation is represented by the Provincial Associations that organize the events at the local level and qualify the provincial representatives for the national championships that are organized by the Federation.

In individual terms, during the first half of the 1980s, some athletes, who came from the period before independence, stood out in this modality with national records, as mentioned above. António Repinga (national record of 10,000 meters), José Magalhães (record of 200 and 400 meters) and Cândido Coelho (record of decathlon), Constantino Reis and Pedro Mulomo, Ludovina Oliveira, Stélio Craveirinha are the athletes that stood out in Mozambique.

The first international competition in which Mozambique took part as an independent country, was the 1979 Moscow Spartacias, in which two athletes from the club Ferroviário and the National Team, Pedro Mulomo and Constantino Reis, participated.

In 1980, Mozambique participated for the first time in the XXII Olympic Games held in Moscow. At the event, the country was represented by fourteen athletes, twelve men and two women. No athlete made it to the semi-finals. The following table shows the times and classifications obtained:

Men

Eduardo Costa (100 meters): 11.02 in the Heat

Constantino Reis (200 meters) – Disqualified

Vicente Santos (1,500 meters): 3.58.07 in the Heat

Pedro Mulomo (5,000 meters): 15.11.9 in the Round

Dias Lettuce (10,000 meters) – Gone

Abdul Ismail (110 meters hurdles): 15.18 in the Heat

Stélio Craveirinha (Long Jump): 6.94 in the Elimination

 

Women

Acácia Mate (800 meters): 2.19.07 in the Heat

Ludovina Oliveira (Disco) – Disqualified.

 

Today is done!

 

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