5 Facts: Germany's Markus Rehm

The lowdown on world long jump T44 champion as he prepares to defend his title at London 2017. 13 Jul 2017
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Germany's Markus Rehm celebrates gold in the T44 long jump at Rio 2016.
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This man can jump! Germany’s Markus Rehm will be a hot favourite for gold at the World Para Athletics Championships which begin on Friday 14 July. Here's what you need to know about the 28-year-old reigning world, Paralympic and European long jump T44 champion:

Five Facts About Markus Rehm

1) Rehm made his senior international debut in 2009.

2) He leapt a world record 8.40m at the last World Championships in 2015

3) Watersports is a passion – he lost his leg aged 14 in a wakeboarding accident.

4) He works as an orthopaedic technician specialising in prosthetics in Germany.

5) In 2015 he won a celebrity diving competition broadcast on German television.