Paralympic jumper Rehm places Rio hopes on scientific study

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm hopes a scientific study will clear him to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by finding that he has no unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes by using his carbon-fiber prosthesis.

Rehm is hoping to compete both at the Olympics in August and at the following Paralympics. To become eligible under international rules, Rehm has to prove that his prosthesis gives him no advantage over athletes with a similar disability or non-amputee long jumpers.

The German Sport University in Cologne says it will conduct the study jointly with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo, the University of Colorado and a Japanese broadcaster. The results will be presented at the end of June.

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