Markus Rehm, German amputee long jumper, left off World Championships team
Markus Rehm, the amputee long jumper who won the 2014 German title against able-bodied jumpers and has the farthest jump by a German this year, was not on the German team nominated for the World Track and Field Championships announced Wednesday.
The omission was expected, as Rehm had to compete separately at the German Championships on Friday night as the German track and field federation “has used biometric studies to rule that his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage,” according to The Associated Press.
Rehm’s 8.11m jump Friday was the farthest jump of the night among all jumpers at the German Championships.
Rehm, whose right leg was amputated below the knee after a boating accident at age 14, leaped a personal-best 8.29m on May 16, which ranks him the seventh-best long jumper in the world this year.
The 2012 Paralympic champion has said his goal is to compete at the World Championships and Olympics, according to German press agency DPA, citing German outlet Sport Bild.
Rehm has said he wants another investigation into whether his prosthetic right leg gives him a competitive advantage over able-bodied athletes.
Last year, tests were performed before the German team was named for the European Championships to determine if Rehm gained a competitive advantage from running with and jumping off a prosthetic leg. Rehm was not named to the European Championships team, after he won the 2014 national title.