Whenever Markus Rehm was anywhere in the world, he was often received as a “blade jumper”.
That was also logical.
Prosthetic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who started at the Olympics, was the “Blade Runner”.
So long jumper Rehm became a "blade jumper".
In Germany he was not really known by that name until now. Until Robert Harting came. The London Olympic champion in the discus throw is now managed by Rehm. "As a brand developer, I pushed for it and found it only logical," says Harting. "Robert said: If that's your nickname anyway, you have to call yourself that too," reports Rehm. And immediately mentions the advantage of the name. "If an Olympic athlete loses against the" Bladejumper ", it's not as bad as when he loses against the disabled athlete Markus Rehm."
The probability that all Olympic athletes would have lost to Rehm in Tokyo is high.
Gold went to the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou with 8.41 meters at the Olympics.
Rehm jumped 8.62 meters in his para world record in June.
The furthest jump would have been his drive.
But as a political issue, he really just wanted to jump out of competition.
“I want to win my medal at my games, the Paralympics,” he says.
After the norm had been met, the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) reported him for the Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) passed the case on to the World Athletics Association.
The declared Rehm for not allowed to start.
The international sports court Cas confirmed the decision.
When the Cas reported, “first the cell phone flew through the room”, Rehm admits: “The whole thing cost me a lot of grains, gave me a couple of sleepless nights and really dragged me down for a few days.” To the promise made until August 5th He's still waiting for the reason for the Cas.
"If it is so difficult to write it down, I have to doubt the judgment myself again," says the three-time Paralympics winner.
"A chance was missed"
Already in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro he had strived for the double start in vain.
But to this day, he has not been able to prove any benefit from the prosthesis.
That's why he somehow had "the experience that they don't want me and will do everything so that I don't start".
Nevertheless, this time he was firmly counting on an acceptance.
"I already believed in it because I thought they couldn't decide otherwise."
The suspicion that Rehm is simply jumping too far and that the Olympic jumpers should not be presented does not at least seem absurd.
And that's exactly why the Leverkusen resident is annoyed with the IOC.
"An opportunity was missed to set an example for inclusion," he says: "And that's a shame because the IOC and World Athletics have made it their business."
Rehm complains of a kind of double standard at the IOC. “You let prosthesis wearers lead the nation into the stadium, nice with shorts so you can see the prosthesis. People in wheelchairs are allowed to carry the Olympic flame. You take advantage of the beautiful image that Paralympic athletes give you, "he says:" But when it comes to living this image, it seems to be too much of a good thing. Then it's over with inclusion. Especially when the athlete who could give the beautiful image is just as good as the Olympic athletes. "
At the Paralympics, gold doesn't seem to take away from him. At the EM he won with a 1.64 meter lead. The Japanese expect him to set another world record as one of the biggest stars of the games. “But it will be difficult to top that again,” says Rehm: “At some point the air will get thin. But it's not impossible. ”Probably not for a“ blade jumper ”.Keywords: