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Markus Rehm, Paralympic champ long jumper, gives up Olympic bid

Markus Rehm

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Markus Rehm of Germany competes in the Men’s Long Jump final during the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at Emirates Arena on February 20, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Markus Rehm, a Paralympic champion long jumper who has sought Olympic inclusion, has given up his bid for the Rio Games, but could compete at the 2017 World Championships, according to track and field’s international governing body.

“Rehm ... confirmed he will not be seeking selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the IAAF said in a press release. “Rehm and the IAAF will work together on a rule change proposal to allow athletes using prostheses to compete in a future IAAF World Championships, the aim being London in 2017.”

Rehm, 27, had his right leg amputated below the knee after a boating accident at age 14.

His IPC world record of 8.40 meters set last year would have won the 2012 Olympic long jump gold medal.

The IAAF said last year that Rehm would not be nominated for Germany’s Olympic team, but Rehm continued to try to prove that he was not at a competitive advantage due to his prosthetic right leg that he jumps off of.

Rehm has said he would be interested in competing in able-bodied meets even if his results would not count.

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