FRANKFURT, Germany — A German amputee long jumper has won the national competition for the second year in a row, although he cannot be called champion.
Paralympic champion Markus Rehm had the longest jump at the German Championships in Nuremberg. Jumping on a specially constructed pit in a city square, Rahm won the competition with an effort of 8.11 meters (26 feet, 7 1/4 inches).
But Rehm’s result will not count officially. The German athletics federation has used biometric studies to rule that his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage. It changed its rules so that Paralympic athletes can compete along non-handicapped athletes but that their results don’t count.
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Rehm was allowed to keep the 2014 title over the protests of other athletes but will not be nominated for the upcoming World Championships in Beijing.