The Paralympic long jump champion is set to go up against the Olympic champion in Scotland on February 20
Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm is set to compete against Olympic champion Greg Rutherford at next month’s Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix.
Rehm bettered his own world T44 long jump record to 8.40m when winning his third successive title at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha last October. That mark is just one centimetre off the leap Rutherford recorded to win the IAAF world title in Beijing in August.
“I’m very excited to compete at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix,” said Germany’s Rehm, who has competed against Rutherford once before, in Hengelo in 2014. “It will be my first time competing in Scotland and I’m looking forward to testing myself against some of the best long jumpers in the world.
“This is a massive year for me with the Paralympic Games in Rio coming up,” added the 27-year-old single-leg amputee, who competes wearing a carbon fibre blade prosthesis following a wakeboarding accident when he was a teenager. “I think competing against athletes such as Greg Rutherford in Glasgow will be the perfect way for me to start my preparations.”
Last year, Rehm spoke with AW at the London Anniversary Games where the athlete explained how he had been denied a second national title despite recording the longest jump at the German Championships for the second year in a row.
The decision followed questions about whether Rehm’s blade gives him an advantage when competing against able-bodied athletes, with the situation requiring consideration because of the distances he is achieving.
“I do understand the discussion,” he told AW at the time. “We have to find out and maybe we can make some measurements and find out if there is an advantage or maybe a disadvantage as well.”
Other athletes so far confirmed for the Glasgow meeting, which will be the final event in the IAAF’s new World Indoor Tour, include Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill.