After winning her first major title in 2014 – a European gold in long jump T42 – Low has gone on to win Paralympic and world titles, rewriting the record books along the way.
Having failed to medal at London 2012, Low warmed up for Rio 2016 by retaining her long jump European title with a leap of 4.71m. As she had done at 2014 European and 2015 World Championships, she also took silver in the 100m T42 behind her Italian rival Martina Caironi.
In Rio, a leap of 4.93m saw her smash her own long jump world record by 14cm and top the Paralympic podium for the first time. She also set a personal best of 15.17 seconds in the 100m as she won silver again behind Caironi.
At the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, she broke the then long jump world record which she had jointly held with Italy’s Martina Caironi to land her first world title. Her jump of 4.79m added 19cm to the previous record.
The popular German made her international debut in 2009. She won 100m bronze at the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand and at the 2013 equivalent won bronze in both the long jump and 100m.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
She broke her elbow in 2009. The injury kept her out of action for three months. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
She received the 2009 Athlete of the Year award in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2011)
She began competing for Australia in February 2019, having previously represented Germany. (IPC, 15 Feb 2019)
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
She retired from competitive Para athletics after participating at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. In 2013 she visited her friend, German Paralympian Katrin Green, in the United States of America, and it was there where she rediscovered her love for the sport. She lived and trained in Oklahoma City, OK, for three years until mid-2016 when she returned to Germany due to her visa becoming invalid. (paralympic.org, 24 Sep 2015; 11 May 2016)
She has the latitude and longitude coordinates of four cities tattooed on her right arm, including the three cities where the para-athletics world championships were held between 2011-2015 [Christchurch, Lyon and Doha]. She also has the coordinates for Bangalore, India, due to her having made her international debut there at the 2009 World Games. (Facebook page, 30 Dec 2015)
She has studied a long distance degree in digital media. (paralympic.org, 11 Mar 2015)
When she first tried training on her 'running legs' it took her some time to get used to them. "In the first session I fell over, basically, every other step, and with my disability being quite a bit higher than those I compete against, I think I sometimes forget that back then it was not normal for someone with my kind of disability to walk, let alone run. There was just no one to look up to, there was no one in the Paralympics with my disability. For me, it just meant I had to figure out everything on my own." (canberratimes.com.au, 13 Sep 2018)
|Women's Long Jump F42||Final||2011-01-23||4|
|Women's 100 m T42||Final||2011-01-25||3|
|Women's Long Jump F42/44||Final Round||2012-09-02||6|
|Women's 100 m T42||Final Round||2012-09-05||4|
|Women's Long Jump T42||Final 1||2013-07-22||3|
|Women's 100 m T42||Final 1||2013-07-27||3|
|Women's Long Jump T42||Final 1||2015-10-22||1|
|Women's 100 m T42||Heat 2||2015-10-29||2|
|Women's 100 m T42||Final 1||2015-10-30||2|
|Women's Long Jump T42||Final Round||2016-09-10||1|
|Women's 100 m T42||Final Round||2016-09-17||2|
|Women's 100 m T42||Heat 2||2016-09-17||1|