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REHM Markus
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age30
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
Coach, 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; Willi Gernemann [national], 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 three gold medals at the Paralympic Games. (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. (Facebook page, 14 Jun 2017; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other information
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)

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