German Federation Drops Amputee Jumper From Team - Yahoo Sports
Paralympics champion Markus Rehm won the long jump competition at the German nationals last weekend with an effort of 8.24 meters. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Germany excluded an amputee long jumper from its team for the European Athletics Championships on Wednesday, saying the athlete's carbon-fiber prosthesis http://renatoaayf.jimdo.com gives him an unfair advantage. Paralympic champion Markus Rehm won the long jump at the German nationals last weekend with an effort of 8.24 meters (27 feet, 1/2 inch). As German champion, that would normally qualify him for the Aug. 12-17 Euros in Zurich. But the German athletics federation, known as the DLV, dropped him from the team. ''I find it a pity and disappointing,'' said Rehm, adding that he was considering appealing. The case has parallels to that of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee South African runner who went to court to win the right to compete in the http://galencynn.wordpressy.pl 2012 London Olympics. DLV president Clemens Prokop said there was a ''significant difference'' between jumps with a blade-like prosthesis and natural jumps in the run-up and liftoff.
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