COUTO Kurt < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Mozambique   
Gender Men
Born 14 May 1985 in Maputo, MOZ
Height1.80 m
Weight 74 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Other names Kurt Leonel da Rocha Couto
Residence Maputo, MOZ
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Portuguese
Higher education University of Pretoria: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Irma Reyneke, RSA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a silver medal at the 2011 All-Africa Games that were held in his home country. (africanathletics.org, 06 May 2012)
Awards and honours He was the flag bearer for Mozambique at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (GNS, 24 Jul 2014)

He was a flag bearer for his country at the 2012 London Olympic Games. (gettyimages.com, 27 Jul 2012)
Ambitions To compete in the 400m hurdles final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And to win an Olympic medal. (opais.sapo.mz, 13 Jan 2016)
Other information FADED MEDAL
He won a gold medal at the 2014 Lusofonia Games, but added to the criticism of the quality of the medals at the event. "Gold, did you say? It's hardly gold-plated. Why, I'd be surprised if it doesn't turn green in a few weeks' time." (indiatimes.com, 15 Feb 2014)

MOZAMBIQUE'S STAR
He feels there is a lot of pressure on him from Mozambique as he is considered the country's premier athlete since Maria Mutola retired from athletics. "There are huge expectation on my shoulders after I won a silver medal at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo. Winning the only athletics medal on home soil during the games is by far the high point of my career." (africanathletics.org, 06 May 2012)

MOZAMBIQUE TO SOUTH AFRICA
He moved to Pretoria, South Africa, at age 17 in order to train there. (deutsche-welle.de, 08 Jun 2011)