Markus Rehm of Germany competes in the Men's Long Jump T44 Finalat the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

Markus Rehm


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.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T64, F64

Further personal information

Leverkusen, GER
Athlete, Technician
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?
"My first contact with athletics was in 2008. I was at a trade fair when an athlete [German Para sprinter Heinrich Popow] saw me jumping on a trampoline. I had done some athletics when I was younger and he brought me back into it." An official from the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club gave him his first running blade. "At the time I was learning to be a prosthetist so I knew how expensive blades were and I refused to accept it but he insisted. He said it was 'an investment for the future'. I will never forget it. That was a life-changing moment."
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Steffi Nerius [club], GER

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Blade Jumper (, 20 Feb 2016)
Wakeboarding. (, 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)
He suffered from a knee injury in 2015, taking two months to recover. (, 24 Jul 2015;, 01 Sep 2018)

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. (, 01 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no 'I can't'." (Instagram profile, 05 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
In November 2020 he was named the inaugural Para Athlete of the Decade [2010-19] by the German Disabled Sports Association [DBS]. (, 30 Nov 2020;, 26 Nov 2020)

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. (, 28 Nov 2017;, 29 Nov 2016)

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

He was Germany's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 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. (, 11 Dec 2015;, 11 Dec 2015)

He was named the 2014 Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Germany. (, 29 Nov 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied athletics at international level, winning gold in long jump at the 2016 Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland. He also finished second at the German junior wakeboarding championships in 2005. (, 16 Mar 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jun 2017;, 21 Feb 2016)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 28 Feb 2020)
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
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." (, 28 Aug 2019;, 26 Aug 2019;, 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." (, 01 Jan 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020;, 01 Sep 2018)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2013-07-24 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2015-10-23 1
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's Long Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-17 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2017-07-17 1
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2017-07-23 1