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Smartly executed Brussels: Some ideas on Para athletes within the lengthy leap


Stuart Weir has lined Para-athletes for RunBlogRun for years now. That is his ideas at the Van Damme Memorial and the blended LJ festival. 

Smartly executed Brussels

Previously, there was some debate about whether or not para-athletes must be allowed to compete towards non-disabled athletes in mainstream occasions. It began with the now disgraced Oscar Pistorius working within the 400 and four through 400m relay within the 2011 International Championships and 2012 Olympics.  From reminiscence, I imagine he was once handiest allowed to run the primary leg of the relay (in lanes) to steer clear of a conceivable harm thru touch together with his blades to any other runner.

Paralympic international file holder Alan Davies incessantly participates within the GB “able-bodied” nationwide championships within the shot or discus.

Markus Rehm, LJ, photograph through IP

When the German athlete Markus Rehm, an amputee leaping with blades, was once attaining distances that may win non-disabled lengthy leap competitions, he made a passionate plea to be allowed to compete in International Athletics-sanctioned competitions. 

In 2014, 2015, and 2016, he competed within the German non-disabled Championships and, on each and every instance, did neatly sufficient to qualify for the Ecu/Worlds/Olympics however was once now not decided on.  The argument was once that his blade gave him an unfair benefit because it was once extra springy and longer than his herbal leg. Rehm approved this however argued that his incapacity supposed that he may now not run as speedy or as balanced as an “able-bodied” athlete, which means that the possible benefit of one was once canceled out through the opposite. He additionally informed me that he felt it unfair that the IAAF (International Athletics) put the onus on him to turn out that he had no benefit fairly than on them to turn out that he did.

Markus Rehm, photograph through IPC

Rehm sought after to compete in Diamond Leagues – even supposing excluded from DL issues and prize cash, only for the enjoy of competing towards other people leaping the similar distance as himself, which he didn’t get in para-athletics occasions.  In Brussels 2023, the meet organizers did simply that, together with Fleur Jong (Netherlands) within the ladies’s lengthy leap box. Fleur is a double amputee, leaping off blades. She accomplished 6.74 and moment position.

Fleur Jong, photograph through IPC

She mentioned of the enjoy:In June, I already jumped a para WR, however Brussels was once a unique festival for me. We nearly by no means had the risk to compete as paralympic athletes in the similar box because the athletes who compete within the Diamond Leagues, so I labored laborious to be at my ideal right here. This can be a nice instance for younger athletes and the entire international. We’re for sure in a position to competing with them. It gave me an unbelievable spice up to have 4 world-class athletes round me. That was once a large problem for me. Within the name room, I presented myself to the entire box as a result of I used to be now not positive they’d know who I used to be. 6.74 was once an enormous leap for me. However I may now not be any happier with my season”.

I cherished the best way she had self assurance in her talent however was once anxious concerning the social sides, that no person would know her. 

Fleur Jong, photograph through IPC

Within the 3rd spherical, Fleur jumped 6.74 – to equivalent Ivana Vuleta’s successful distance. That the contest was once determined on second-best jumps and that Fleur completed a transparent moment should were very pleasant for her. It additionally raises the query of why different para-athletes don’t seem to be integrated in Diamond League occasions when they’re just right sufficient. 

  • Stuart Weir

    Since 2015, Stuart Weir has written for RunBlogRun. He attends about 20 occasions a 12 months together with all maximum world championships and Diamond Leagues. He enjoys discovering the quirky and difficult to understand tale.

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