broke his para record in the long jump
Tuesday at the European Para Championships in Poland, according to World Para Athletics.
According to Jumpers World, Rehm set a record in the T64 class for competitors wearing a lower-leg prosthesis.
Markus Rehm just broke his T64 World Record with a jump of 8.62m (28-3.50)!!! IG: paraathletics pic.twitter.com/ml7I516bkO — Jumpers World (@jumpers_world) June 1, 2021
According to Athletics Weekly, he said, "I feel amazing, and setting a world record is always great."
Rehm, the Rio 2016 and London
2012 Paralympic Games
champion, is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which will take place in August.
“It’s my main competition this year, and I’m going to try to reach my peak there; it’s getting harder as I push my limit higher and higher,” Athletics Weekly reports.
According to Paralympic.org, Rehm's long jump distance would place her 15th all-time among all jumpers.
According to his Paralympic.org bio, the German track and field
star had his leg amputated below the knee after a wakeboarding accident when he was 14 years old and began competing in track and field at the age of 20.
Rehm is known as the "Blade Jumper," and if he maintains his record-breaking pace, "we're going to need a bigger pit," one broadcaster tweeted.