Winner of the gold medal in the triple jump at the 2008 Olympic Games, he also won a gold at the 2007 World Championships.
He moved to Portugal when he was five years old, though he didn't get Portuguese citizenship until 2002.
He became the triple jump world champion in 2007 at the World Championships in Athletics.
He is of Cape Verdean descent.
He and English swimmer Rebecca Adlington won gold medals at the 2008 Olympics.