Earlier today, the International Paralympic Committee announced that German long jumper Markus Rehm had been chosen at the IPC’s Athlete of the Month, following a month that saw him break the world record in his class and win the long jump event at the German national championships only to miss selection for the European championships because of questions regarding competitive advantage. His world record jump of 8.24 meters was over a quarter of a meter longer than the previous world record of 7.95 meters that Rehm had set at last year’s world championships in France.
Rehm won the award with 33.66 per cent of the online vote, narrowly beating Brazilian goaball Leomon Silva who captured 32.06 per cent of the vote. Silva guided his team to a first place finish at last month’s world championships in Finland.
Australia’s Shaun Norris was third in voting. Norris was a key player in Australia’s first place finish at the men’s wheelchair basketball world championships.
Australian swimmer Maddison Elliott finished fourth following double gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Swedish shooter Jonas Jacobsson finished fifth after winning a pair of titles at the IPC Shooting World Championships. British cyclist Sophie Thornhill finished sixth after winning double gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.