German amputee keeps rivaling top long jumpers, eyes Olympics

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Markus Rehm, the German amputee long jumper who qualified for but wasn’t allowed to compete at the 2014 European Championships, posted another personal best at an International Paralympic Committee meet in Barcelona on Saturday.

Rehm, 26, leaped 8.29m, which was .05 farther than his jump to win the German Championship last year. Rehm’s distance would have won the 2012 Olympic silver medal and registered as the No. 3 jump in the world this year among able-bodied athletes.

Rehm’s goal is to compete at the World Championships and Olympics, according to German press agency DPA, citing German outlet Sport Bild.

Moreover, Rehm wants another investigation into whether his prosthetic right leg gives him a competitive advantage that should disallow him from becoming the Oscar Pistorius of the long jump, though Pistorius wasn’t considered a medal threat in the 400m when he competed at the London Olympics.

In July, tests were performed on Rehm’s prosthetic leg in the four days between his national title and the German team announcement for the European Championships.

“The investigation last year didn’t take enough factors into account,” Rehm told Bild in comments translated by The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Only the potential advantages were considered. But the disadvantages that I have through the prosthesis have to be included in the results.”

The president of Germany’s track and field governing body said in July there was “significant doubt” that jumps on a prosthetic leg and a natural leg were comparable, according to the AP. The president also said Rehm might receive an extra “catapult effect.”

The German track and field federation said then that it would conduct more tests and consult with the German Olympic Committee, according to the AP.

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championships results

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championship top-10 results and notables (full, searchable pro and age group results are here) …

Pro Women
1. Chelsea Sodaro (USA) — 8:33:46
2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) — 8:41:37
3. Anne Haug (GER) — 8:42:22
4. Laura Philipp (GER) — 8:50:31
5. Lisa Norden (SWE) — 8:54:43
6. Fenella Langridge (GBR) — 8:56:26
7. Sarah Crowley (AUS) — 9:01:58
8. Daniela Ryf (SUI) — 9:02:26
9. Skye Moench (USA) — 9:04:31
10. Laura Siddall (GBR) — 9:07:49
16. Heather Jackson (USA) — 9:22:17
DNF. Sarah True (USA)

Pro Men
Race is on Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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Chelsea Sodaro wins Ironman Kona World Championship, ends American drought

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Chelsea Sodaro was the surprise winner of the Ironman Kona World Championships women’s race, ending the longest American victory drought in the event’s 44-year history.

Sodaro, a 33-year-old mom to an 18-month-old, prevailed in an unofficial 8 hours, 33 minutes, 46 seconds on Hawaii’s Big Island.

“My mind is a little bit blown right now,” she said in a finish area interview 25 minutes later, standing next to her daughter, Skylar. “This is the culmination of things being right in my life and having perspective. … This is freakin’ incredible, but the greatest gift at the end of the finish line is my little 18-month-old.”

Sodaro was in fifth place after the 2.6-mile swim and 112-mile bike, then recorded one of the fastest 26.2-mile marathon runs in event history (2:51:45) to win by 7 minutes, 50 seconds over Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Swiss Daniela Ryf, who was eyeing her sixth Ironman world title, led after the bike but faded quickly on the run.

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Sodaro, whose lone previous full Ironman was a second-place finish at June’s European Championships (reportedly in the second-fastest Ironman distance debut in history), became the first American to win in Kona since Tim DeBoom in 2002 and the first American to win the women’s race since Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser in 1996.

She is the first woman or man to win in their Kona debut since Brit Chrissie Wellington took the first of her four titles in 2007.

Sodaro (née Reilly) was an All-America runner at Cal, then placed 19th in the 10,000m at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

She turned to triathlon in 2017, made podiums on the World Cup circuit (just below the top-level World Series for Olympic hopefuls) and moved up to long-distance racing in 2018.

At the half Ironman distance, she was fourth at the 2019 World Championships, her last major championship start before the pandemic, pregnancy, childbirth and a move up to the full Ironman this year.

“I’m pretty stoked that I think I maybe get to take the rest of the year off and be a mom for a month or so,” Sodaro said.

The pro men’s race is Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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