Cape Verde's Keula Semedo, leftl, and her guide Manuel Vaz da Veiga, right, became engaged at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo ©Getty Images

Cape Verdean Para sprinter Keula Semedo is set to marry her guide Manuel Vaz da Veiga in Lisbon in July, after the pair became engaged at the re-arranged Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Vaz da Veiga proposed to Semedo after her women's 200 metres T11 heat in the Japanese capital, and the couple's wedding has now been planned for July 2023.

Semedo recalled the moment which went viral at Tokyo 2020.

"Manuel is a bit of a romantic," she said.

"He’s also shy so I didn’t expect him to have the courage to do that.

"In the last year my life has changed a bit, good things have happened, new projects.

"It was a remarkable day.

"We weren’t expecting so much attention.

"I don’t know how many countries or how many people, but I have an idea that it was several countries and thousands of people.

"We had many messages, especially on social media - exciting, motivating and inspiring messages."

Semedo finished fourth in her women's 100m and 200m T11 heats at Tokyo 2020, setting season's best times in both but failing to progress to the semi-finals.

Since the Paralympics, she has released a song dedicated to Vaz da Veiga entitled Amor, which translates to "Love".

She has also sought to enhance her profile as an Instagram influencer.

Semedo discussed her plans for the future.

"I’m preparing my next song but just waiting for the right time to record," she said.

"Since I was a kid, I really liked singing and listening to music.

"I saw music as a way to ward off my sadness and frustrations."

It was during lockdown caused by COVID-19 that Semdo saw a new future for herself in social media.

"The idea of being an influencer came in 2020 during the pandemic when we were all at home," she said.

"I had the idea of motivating and inspiring other people who are going through any kind of problems.

"My message is that they never give up on their dreams, fight to overcome barriers because many times the barriers are not physical but psychological.

"Focus, strength and faith."

Semedo is hoping for a honeymoon with Vaz da Veiga in the Maldives.