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2013 IPC Athletics World Championships

Dias, Schnarndorf Ribeiro voted best para-athletes of 2013 in Brazil

Para-swimming made a big splash at the 2013 Brazilian Paralympic Awards held on Wednesday night (11 December) in Rio de Janeiro with Daniel Dias and Susana Schnarndorf Ribeiro scooping the top awards voted for by the public.

Brazilian athletes celebrate 1000 days to go until Rio 2016 Brazilian athletes celebrate 1000 days to go until Rio 2016 © • Rio 2016
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The awards were based on the performances of athletes in the major competitions of 2013

Held at Museum of Modern Art on the eve of 1,000 days to go until the 2016 Paralympic Games in the city, the awards recognised the best male and female athletes of the year as well as the top athletes in each of the 22 Paralympic summer sports, the best coaches in individual and group sports, and the best new athlete.

Amongst the guests at the star-studded ceremony were International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven; Brazil’s Minister of Sports, Aldo Rebelo; the national secretary for High Performance Sports, Ricardo Leyser and two-time Formula 1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi.

It was the second time that multi-Paralympic and world champion Dias has been voted athlete of the year, after the public also voted for him in 2011. The swimmer’s six gold and two silver medals at August’s IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada, tipped the public vote in his favour and saw him finish ahead of runners Alan Fonteles Cardoso de Oliveira and Odair Santos - both champions at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championship in Lyon, France.

Earlier this year, Dias also became Brazil’s first ever two-time recipient of the Laureus Award for his performances at London 2012, an event that saw him become Brazil’s all-time top Paralympic medal winner.

For Susana Schnarndorf Ribeiro, the award was a new experience. Originally from the south of Brazil, the athlete now lives in Rio de Janeiro and was nominated for the award with two other 2013 world champions: 17-year old sprinter Verônica Hipólito - the winner of the 2013 best new athlete award - and sprinter Terezinha Guilhermina, voted best athlete in 2011 and 2012.

The award crowned Scharndorf Ribeiro’s fabulous season which saw her win the world title in the 100m breaststroke SB6 and bronze in the 400m freestyle S6. Schnarndorf also won national competitions in the Caixa Loterias Circuit and broke several Brazilian records in the S6 category.

The awards were based on the performances of athletes in the major competitions of 2013, recipients were nominated by coaches and managers of the various sports associations and voted for by the public between 30 November and 9 December via the Brazilian Paralympic Committee website.

The other award winners were:

Best individual sports coach: Amaury Wagner Veríssimo

Best coach of team sports: Fernando Guimarães (sitting volleyball)

Best athletes by sport:

Athletics: Alan Fonteles Cardoso de Oliveira

Wheelchair basketball: Lia Maria Soares Martins

Boccia: Maciel Sousa Santos

Paracanoe: Fernando Fernandes de Padua

Para-cycling: Soelito Gohr

Wheelchair fencing: Jovane Silva Guissone

Football 5-a-side: Jeferson da Conceição Gonçalves (Jefinho)

Football 7-a-side: Wanderson Silva de Oliveira

Goalball: Romário Diego Marques

Powerlifting: Evânio Rodrigues da Silva

Equestrian: Vera Lúcia Martins Mazzilli

Judo: Lúcia da Silva Teixeira

Swimming: Daniel Dias

Rowing: Claudia Cicero Santos Sabino

Wheelchair rugby: Alexandre Vitor Giuriato

Table tennis: Bruna Costa Alexandre

Wheelchair tennis: Carlos Alberto Chaves dos Santos (Jordan)

Archery: Andrey Muniz de Castro

Shooting: Geraldo Von Rosenthal

Triathlon: Marcelo Collet and Mauro Silva

Sailing: Antonio Marcos do Carmo

Sitting volleyball: Anderson Ribas da Silva

No. 30: Markus Rehm’s historic 7.95m jump

Germany’s Markus Rehm jumped a distance this season that would have put him in the long jump final of the able-bodied World Championships.

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“It’s definitely possible and I want to be the first one jumping 8m.”

It was the leap of the Championships: 7.95m.

No one in the world of para-athletics has ever jumped that far. That is, until Germany’s Markus Germany did last summer during the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

7.95m, a distance hardly anyone thought possible. Even Rehm and his coach, Steffi Nerius – a former IAAF javelin World Champion – didn’t think of it.

“We both knew that, if everything goes well, 7.50m would be possible,” Rehm said. “That’s what I had shown during practice and it was a realistic goal.”

“It was an intense moment. I felt that I hit the board perfectly, and when I landed I tried to get the most out of it. When I saw the 8m mark next to me I knew this was pretty good.

“I looked back at the officials and was happy when they raised the white flag. I thought 7.50m would be great, but then the 7.95m came up and I was just shocked.”

This jump would have secured Rehm a spot in the final of the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Never in doubt

The season has not gone all that well for Rehm, who had fractured his hand earlier in the season and had some muscular issues. And then there was bursitis in his right knee just before Lyon, which caused swelling and quite a bit of pain when he put on his prosthesis.

“I arrived at the venue on crutches, because of the swelling in my knee,” Rehm said, “I didn’t really get into the prosthesis, but I knew that when I put it on and walk or run on it for about 10 minutes, the pain will be gone and it will be OK.

“I only put it on just before the event when I had to warm up. I wasn’t in pain while jumping, the swelling was just not that comfortable.”

While some of his competitors might have thought they got a shot at beating Rehm, he was never in any doubt during the competition who would win the gold medal.

“After the 7.95m I could feel that they were shocked as well,” he said. “They knew it would be hard to beat me, but I don’t think they expected that.”

Pushing the boundaries even further

Rehm lost his right leg in 2003 in a wakeboarding accident. Even though he stayed active and fit throughout, he did not pick up athletics until 2008.

“I had done lots of athletics also before the accident, so I quickly picked it up again,” he said.“And soon, I realised that I do have some talent for that, so I decided to try doing it on a high-performance level.”

He then moved to Leverkusen in 2009, where he started to work with his coach Steffi Nerius, a highly decorated athlete herself in able-bodied athletics.

“Steffijustknows the right timing, she always gets me in shape in time for the season’s highlight,” Rehm said.“She has a big stake in this and I am very thankful for her support.”

After the successful Championships in Lyon, the 25-year-old went back to his normal life, doing one to two training sessions each day and working as an orthopedic technician.

But he is already looking ahead and setting himself new goals for the future.

“The next goals are the upcoming competitions next year, with theEuropean Championships in Swansea, and possibly also some national able-bodied events,” he said.

“And I do believe in the 8m. It will be really hard, I am realistic. But I believe in it, that’s what I train for, that’s my motivation in the winter.

“It’s always been so far away, and now it’s so close.

“It’s definitely possible and I want to be the first one jumping 8m.”

30. Markus Rehm jumps 7.95m at Lyon 2013

30. Markus Rehm jumps 7.95m at Lyon 2013

Athlete from the UAE at Lyon 2013

Athlete from the UAE at Lyon 2013

Tunisian Athletes celebrate at Lyon 2013

Tunisian Athletes celebrate at Lyon 2013

Chinese Athlete competes at Lyon 2013

Chinese Athlete competes at Lyon 2013

Women's race Lyon

Women's race Lyon

Athletics - men's 200m T38 semifinals 2 - 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon

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The official hashtag for the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships Lyon is #Lyon2013.

Start list:

Dyan Buis, South Africa

Edson Pinheiro, Brazil

Tim Sullivan, Australia

Mohamed Farhat Chida, Tunisia

For more videos about #Lyon2013 check out this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6CBAXPeBajlp5FcxM9_HxwoOEvlggYG-

Lyon, France hosted the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships between 19-28 July. More than 1,100 athletes from 98 countries attended the event which was the first major gathering of international track and field stars following the hugely successful London 2012 Paralympic Games. The majority of medal winners from London competed in Lyon as they started their preparations for the next Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including athletics. The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.

For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org/athletics, http://www.twitter.com/IPCAthletics, http://www.facebook.com/IPCAthletics or http://www.ParalympicSport.TV.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org. To watch videos on demand from Paralympic Games and to subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/paralympic.

2013 IPC Athletics World Championships Lyon Saturday, 20 July, evening session

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Full schedule: http://www.paralympic.org/Events/Lyon2013/Schedule

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Events:

Men's Discus Throw F11

Final Men's High Jump T42/44

Final Men's Long Jump T36

Final Men's Javelin Throw F57/58

Medal Ceremony Women's 200m T53

Semifinals Women's Shot Put F58

Medal Ceremony Women's 200m T54

Semifinals Men's Shot Put F42

Medal Ceremony Men's 200m T11

Semifinals Men's Long Jump T37/38

Medal Ceremony Men's 200m T12

Semifinals Men's Javelin Throw F33/34

Final Men's 200m T44

Semifinals Men's 5000m T12

Semifinals Men's High Jump T42/44

Medal Ceremony Women's Javelin Throw F37

Final Men's 5000m T12

Semifinals Men's Long Jump T36

Medal Ceremony Women's 4x100m T11-13

Final Men's Long Jump T46

Final Men's 800m T37

Semifinals Women's 4x100m T11-13

Medal Ceremony Men's 800m T52

Semifinals Men's Discus Throw F11

Medal Ceremony Women's 5000m T54

Semifinals Men's 10000m T54 Final

For more videos about #Lyon2013 check out this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6CBAXPeBajlp5FcxM9_HxwoOEvlggYG-

Lyon, France hosted the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships between 19-28 July. More than 1,100 athletes from 98 countries attended the event which was the first major gathering of international track and field stars following the hugely successful London 2012 Paralympic Games. The majority of medal winners from London competed in Lyon as they started their preparations for the next Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including athletics. The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.

For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org/athletics, http://www.twitter.com/IPCAthletics, http://www.facebook.com/IPCAthletics or http://www.ParalympicSport.TV.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org. To watch videos on demand from Paralympic Games and to subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/paralympic.