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Germany drops amputee long-jumper over "unfair advantage"


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Germany drops amputee long-jumper over "unfair advantage"

Germany has excluded amputee long-jumper Markus Rehm from its team for the European Championships after tests showed his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage.

In a case echoing that of South Africa’s Oscar Pistorious, the paralympic champion won the German nationals last weekend with an effort of 8.24 metres.

But the German athletics federation, DLV, says there is a “significant difference” between the run-up and lift-off with blades and natural joints.

Rehm is considering whether to appeal the decision.

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