Events Long jump, Sprint
Height 1.85 m
|Name Markus Rehm|
|Born 22 August 1988 (age 27) (1988-08-22) Goppingen, Germany|
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Markus rehm 8 40m new t44 wr
Markus "Blade Jumper" Rehm (born 22 August 1988) is a German amputee and Paralympian. He began in sports at age 20 and became a long jump F44 world champion in 2011. His club is TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen and he is a medical specialist. Rehm is nicknamed "The Blade Jumper", as he is a long jumper with a blade-type leg prosthesis. Rehm's right leg is amputated and he uses a carbon-fibre bladed prosthesis, from which he jumps off.
- Markus rehm 8 40m new t44 wr
- Germany s markus rehm long jumps 8 40 at 2015 ipc world champs
- Personal life
- 2012 Summer Paralympics
- 2014 German championships
- 2014 European Athletics Championships
- 2015 German championships
- 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
- 2016 Rio Summer Olympics
- 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics
- 2017 World Athletics Championships
He holds the long jump world record in his category (8.40 m) set at the 2015 IPC World Championships.
Germany s markus rehm long jumps 8 40 at 2015 ipc world champs
In 2005, at age 14, after a wakeboarding accident, Rehm had his right leg amputated below the knee.
2012 Summer Paralympics
Rehm won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the long jump F42/44 classification. He made (7.35 m/1,093 points) and set a new world record. On winning he stated "I think it was the perfect jump today."
2014 German championships
Rehm won the 2014 German Athletics Championships in long jump, with a jump of 8.24 m (27.0 ft). However many able-bodied longjumpers protested that he had an unfair advantage due to his blade. His national title was upheld.
2014 European Athletics Championships
Rehm was banned from the 2014 European Athletics Championships, as it was ruled that his blade gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes. His blade made his amputee right leg 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in) longer than his natural leg. Rehm jumps off with his right leg.
2015 German championships
Rehm again placed first in the long jump at the 2015 German Athletics Championships. However, his results still do not count towards winning the championship, as the German Federation has ruled that the prosthetics cannot be ruled out as providing an unfair advantage. He finished on top with a jump of 8.11 m (26.6 ft).
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
At the 2015 Doha World Championship, Rhem set a world IPC disability record in the long jump, at 8.40 m (27.6 ft). That distance of 8.40m was enough to win the gold medal at the prior 3 Summer Olympics (2012 London, 2008 Beijing, 2004 Athens).
2016 Rio Summer Olympics
Rehm attempted to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics, to become the second bladed athlete to compete at the Olympics, following Oscar Pistorius at the 2012 Summer Olympics. A rules change at the IAAF meant that he needed to qualify his prosthesis with the IAAF to prove that it did not provide an advantage over able-bodied athletes. A study by the University of Cologne determined that the prosthetic was a disadvantage in the run-up portion of the long jump but advantageous during the jump, however there was no overall advantage. However, the IAAF ruled that Germany failed to prove its case, and denied Rehm permission to participate at the Rio Olympics.
2016 Rio Summer Paralympics
Rehm competed in the long jump T43/T44 and 4×100 m relay T42-47 and won both events, jumping 8.21 m in the final. He served as the flag bearer for Germany at the 2016 Summer Paralympics Parade of Nations.
2017 World Athletics Championships
Rehm will again attempt to qualify for an IAAF-sanctioned able-bodied competition, the London 2017 World Championships in Athletics. Following the 2016 Paralympics, he will re-try to persuade the IAAF that his prosthetic does not give him an unfair advantage.