IAAF still undecided on amputee long jumper competing in Olympics
VIENNA (AP) -- There was no immediate IAAF decision on German amputee long jumper Markus Rehm‘s bid to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe says Rehm still has to prove that his prosthetic doesn’t give him an unfair advantage. Rehm is a Paralympic champion and wants to compete in the regular program at the Rio Games.
Rehm commissioned a study last month and it was inconclusive. Rehm is a right-leg amputee.
“Rehm still has to prove that the prosthetic doesn’t give him an unfair advantage and he has not been able to show that,” Coe said.
Rehm is aiming to be the second athlete with a carbon-fiber prosthesis to compete at the Olympics and Paralympics after South African runner Oscar Pistorius in 2012.
Rehm won the gold medal at 2012 London Paralympics and holds the world record in his competition class at 8.40 meters. Rehm also won the German national title in 2014 over non-amputee athletes, drawing a mixed reaction.