Rehm, one of many largest stars in para sports activities, arrives in Tokyo in scintillating type, having obliterated his personal T64 world report by 14cm in June to set a brand new mark of 8.62m.
That leap would have been sufficient to win gold at each Olympics since 1992, however Rehm believes he can leap even additional when the Video games open subsequent Tuesday.
Three world data fell on the monitor on the Tokyo Olympics — together with in ladies’s triple leap — and Rehm is hoping he can profit from the stadium’s spongy floor.
“I heard that it is a quick monitor, an incredible monitor to leap,” Rehm informed reporters on Sunday.
“We have seen on the Olympic Video games, the triple leap world report. It might be nice to have the same headline on the Paralympic Video games.”
Rehm is aiming to win his third straight Paralympic lengthy leap title and his fourth gold general, having additionally been a part of Germany’s victorious 4x100m relay group on the 2016 Rio Video games.
He acknowledged that it will be “powerful” to interrupt his world report, however stated he’s feeling prepared.
“My coach did every thing to organize me for at the present time, and I am positively going to attempt to assault this 8.62,” he stated.
“I believe I am in actually fine condition this yr. I at all times attempt to compete at the very best degree on the major competitors yearly.”
Rehm misplaced his proper leg in a wakeboarding accident when he was 14, however turned his sporting energies to athletics to gorgeous impact.
Now he’s aiming to seek out extra success in Tokyo, though he admitted he had doubts final yr when the Video games had been postponed as a result of pandemic.
“I used to be unhappy for my final yr, as a result of I used to be in nice form. I had actually nice leads to coaching,” stated Rehm, who turned 33 on Sunday.
“I assumed ‘will I have the ability to come again to this stage’? My coach made it occur. Collectively we made it occur to be in even higher form than final yr.”
Rehm stated he felt “secure” on the Paralympic Village, regardless of the Video games making ready to open as Japan battles report virus infections.
To date, 138 circumstances associated to the Paralympics have been confirmed — together with two within the Village — however Rehm stated he did not “have a destructive feeling about it”.
“They actually take care that we keep on this shut bubble — the foundations are very strict within the Paralympic Village,” he stated.
“I’ve by no means actually skilled it that method, that athletes obey the foundations that a lot.”