Which leg are long jumpers with a prosthesis allowed to use at take off?

Athletes with leg or foot prosthesis are allowed to choose the leg they take off with. 28 Jul 2014
Allianz - Fact of the week - long jump

How it works: Competitors sprint along a runway and jump as far as possible into a sandpit from a wooden take-off board. The distance travelled, from the edge of the board to the closest indentation in the sand to it, is then measured.

A foul is committed – and the jump is not measured – if an athlete steps beyond the board.

Paralympic Games competitions involve six jumps per competitor, although a number of them, those with the shorter marks, are often eliminated after three jumps. If competitors are tied, the athlete with the next best distance is declared the winner.

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