Vanessa Low17 July 1990 Ratzeburg, Germany
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 - Gold: Long jump T42; Silver: 100m T42
- Grosseto 2016 European Championships - Gold: Long jump T42; Silver 100m
- Doha 2015 World Championships - Gold: Long jump T42; Silver 100m
- Lyon 2013 World Championships - Bronze: 100m T42, long jump T42
- Christchurch 2011 World Championships - Bronze: 100m T42
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.
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