When it comes to the men’s long jump T44, Rehm is in a class of his own. The German has dominated the event since winning the world title in 2011 and consistently leaps more than a metre clear of his rivals.
At London 2012, he once again topped the podium with a leap of 7.35m and won bronze in the 4x100m T42-46 relay.
In 2013, Rehm gave an indicator of his true potential with a world record leap of 7.95m to win gold at the World Championships in Lyon, France.
Then in 2014 he made global headlines with a winning leap of 8.24m at the German able-bodied National Championships – yet another long jump T44 world record.
Despite the disappointment of not being selected for the German national able-bodied team for the Europeans in Zurich, Rehm went on to win the IPC Athletics European title in Swansea, Great Britain, with a distance of 7.63m. He also took bronze in the 100m T44.
2015 brought further acclaim for Rehm as he added a further five centimetres on to his world record in May, leaping 8.29m at a meeting in Spain.
That record was smashed when Rehm leaped to gold at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in October 2015.
The German registered a phenomenal 8.40m – the only athlete to go over eight metres – to seal the win, adding the 4x100m T42-47 title alongside his teammates David Behre, Felix Streng and Johannes Floors.
Success continued in 2016 with the defence of his European title in Grosseto, Italy, then gold at Rio 2016 with a new Paralympic record of 8.21m.
At London 2017, Rehm secured his fourth consecutive world title with a best jump of 8.00m – yet again more than one metre clear of the rest of the field.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In April 2013 he broke his arm during training. He needed an operation, during which a screw was surgically inserted. Two weeks later he was competing again. (aspetar.com, 01 Sep 2018)
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)
He hoped to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but was unable to prove that he would not have gained an advantage due to his running blade. "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. But what I want to avoid at all costs, is that this discussion becomes too important." (kyodonews.net, 28 Aug 2019; bbc.co.uk, 26 Aug 2019; tagesspiegel.de, 13 Nov 2019)
He works as a prosthetist and orthotist technician with Rahm Zentrum fur Gesundheit GmbH in Troisdorf, Germany. "It's not so much for sports, but more for everyday use. It's a great job. I like working with the patients and for me it's great because I have had many years of experience using a prosthetic. When a new patient comes in depressed about a problem, I can say, 'It's okay, I had the same problem once and we can work towards a solution'. I never had to learn much about the job because I have so much personal experience." (protheofit.de, 01 Jan 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; aspetar.com, 01 Sep 2018)
|Men's Long Jump F44||Final||2011-01-25||1|
|Men's 100 m T44||Heat 1||2011-01-25||3|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-46||Final||2011-01-29||4|
|Men's Long Jump F42/44||Final Round||2012-08-31||1|
|Men's 100 m T44||Heat 2||2012-09-05||4|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-46||Final Round||2012-09-05||3|
|Men's Long Jump T44||Final 1||2013-07-24||1|
|Men's Long Jump T44||Final 1||2015-10-23||1|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-47||Final 1||2015-10-31||1|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-47||Final Round||2016-09-12||1|
|Men's Long Jump T44||Final Round||2016-09-17||1|
|Men's Long Jump T44||Final 1||2017-07-17||1|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-47||Final 1||2017-07-23||1|