Isménia do Frederico

Isménia do Frederico (born 15 June 1971) is a Cape Verdean sprinter. She was the first woman to represent Cape Verde at the Olympics.[3]

Isménia do Frederico
Personal information
Full nameIsménia do Frederico
NationalityCape Verdean
Born (1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 49)[1]
Years active1992–2000
Height1.54 m (5 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight49 kg (108 lb)[1]
CountryCape Verde
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 metres: 12.75 (1997)
  • 200 metres: 25.7 (1994)
Updated on 2 January 2014.

Do Frederico, a two-time Olympian, first competed for Cape Verde at the 1993 World Championships where she ran the 100 metres in 13.03 seconds. Three years later at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Do Frederico made history along with António Zeferino and Henry Andrade by becoming the first athletes to represent the tiny African nation at the Olympic Games. In the women's 100 metres she finished 52nd in a time of 13.03 seconds. The following year she competed in the 1997 Francophone Games, recording her all time personal best in the 100 metres with a time of 12.75 seconds. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Do Frederico had the honour of being the flag bearer at the opening ceremony. In 100 metres, she finished in 78th place crossing the line in 12.99 seconds.


  1. ^ a b c "Profile of Isménia do Frederico". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Profile of Isménia do Frederico". IAAF. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  3. ^ "First female competitors at the Olympics by country". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 June 2020.

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Manuel Jesús Rodrígues
Flagbearer for   Cape Verde
2000 Sydney
Succeeded by
Wania Monteiro