Eight Leading Afro-Portuguese Women

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  • Lura
  • Maria de Lurdes Mutola
  • Tais Araujo
  • Alcinda Abreu
  • Lidia Brito
  • Sara Tavares
  • Graca Machel
  • Isabel Dos Santos

Maria de Lurdes Mutola

This retired track-and-field star specialized in the 800 meters event and was the fourth athlete to compete at six Olympic Games. Nicknamed the Maputo Express because of her birthplace in the capitol of Mozambique, Maria de Lurdes Mutola has one gold and one bronze Olympic medal and is a three-time 800 meter world champion.

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