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REHM Markus
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthGöppingen, FRG
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64
Further Personal Information
Residence
Leverkusen, GER
Occupation
Athlete, 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.
Why this sport?
In 2008 German Para sprinter Heinrich Popow invited him to Leverkusen, where Rehm was given a prosthetic leg. He achieved 5.50m in long jump later that year and he decided to take up the sport.
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Steffi Nerius [club], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Germany
Location
Bengaluru, IND
General Interest
Nicknames
Blade Jumper (bbc.co.uk, 20 Feb 2016)
Hobbies
Wakeboarding. (markus-rehm-88.de, 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a total of three gold medals at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Steffi Nerius. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He suffered from a knee injury in 2015. (tagesspiegel.de, 24 Jul 2015)
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 Team of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 by the National Paralympic Committee of Germany. (der-querschnitt.de, 28 Nov 2017; paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2016)

In 2016 he was presented with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf], the highest sports award in Germany. (markus-rehm-88.de, 01 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)

He was named the 2015 Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the Felix Awards, the sports awards for state North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. (markus-rehm-88.de, 11 Dec 2015; mkffi.nrw, 11 Dec 2015)

He was named the 2014 Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Germany. (dbs-npc.de, 29 Nov 2014)
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)
Ambitions
To compete at the Olympic Games. (medizintechnologie.de, 14 Feb 2018)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated below the knee following a wakeboarding accident at age 14. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; Facebook page, 14 Jun 2017)
Other information
OLYMPIC HOPE
He attempted to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but was unable to prove that he would not have been at an advantage due to his blades. "For me it's not that I would be more happy to compete in the Olympics than the Paralympics, I'm obviously a Paralympic athlete and I'm proud of it. But it would still be great to compete at the Olympics because I would like to use this stage to promote the Paralympic Games. I think it always has to be Olympic and Paralympic Games, but I would like to connect them. This would be great and would show that we are united. This is my dream for the future." (kyodonews.net, 28 Aug 2019; bbc.co.uk, 26 Aug 2019)

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
1 2019 Long Jump T64 8.17
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
1 2018 4 x 100m Relay T42-47/61-64 41.42
1 2018 Long Jump T64 8.48