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Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthGöppingen, FRG
Height1.85 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T44, F44
Further Personal Information
Residence
Leverkusen, GER
Occupation
Technician
Languages
German, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 20 in Leverkusen, Germany.
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Steffi Nerius [club], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Germany
Location
Bangalore, IND
General Interest
Nicknames
Blade Jumper (bbc.co.uk, 20 Feb 2016)
Hobbies
Wakeboarding. (Facebook page, 14 Jun 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Steffi Nerius. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Choose the limit." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was a member of the 4x100m relay squad that was named the 2016 Team of the Year by the National Paralympic Committee of Germany. (paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2016)

He was Germany's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied athletics at international level. He won gold in long jump at the 2016 Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jun 2017; theguardian.com, 21 Feb 2016)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated below the knee following a wakeboarding accident at age 14. (Facebook page, 14 Jun 2017; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other information
PROSTHETIC STUDIES
In 2014 he won the able-bodied German national long jump title but was blocked from competing at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, after tests on his prosthetic leg ruled that it may have given him an advantage over able-bodied athletes. In 2016 he commissioned a second study, which came back as inconclusive, to determine whether his prosthetic gave him an edge. "The investigation [in 2014] did not take enough factors into account. Only the potential advantages were considered, but the disadvantages that I have through the prosthesis have to be included in the results. The study [in 2016] could not identify any advantage through the prosthesis, and I think that for me is a good result." (olympics.nbcsports.com, 30 May 2016; olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 20 May 2015)

NATIONAL FIRST
In 2014 he became the first athlete with an impairment to compete in the final of an event at the able-bodied German championships. He won the long jump with a leap of 8.24m. (sportschau.de, 27 Jul 2014)

OCCUPATION
He began training as an orthopaedic technician in 2005, and in 2012 he took up a position with medical supplies company Rahm in Troisdorf, Germany. His main field of activity is leg prosthetics. (Facebook page, 14 Jun 2017)

TV APPEARANCE
In November 2015 he featured as a contestant on the German television show 'TV Total Turmspringen' [TV Total Diving], a celebrity competition in single and synchronised high diving. He and his diving partner Jonas Reckermann, a German Olympic beach volleyball player, were the winners of the competition. (paralympic.org, 06 Mar 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Long Jump T42/44 7.35
3 2012 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.23
Round 1 2012 100m T44 11.92
1 2016 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 40.82
1 2016 Long Jump T44 8.21
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Long Jump F44 7.09
10 2011 100m T44 12.13
4 2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.71
1 2013 Long Jump T44 7.95
1 2015 Long Jump T44 8.40
1 2015 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 41.86
1 2017 Long Jump T44 8.00
1 2017 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 42.81
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m T44 11.85
1 2014 Long Jump T42-44 7.63
1 2016 Long Jump T44 7.98
1 2016 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 41.49