Markus Rehm hopes taking on Greg Rutherford leads to Olympic ticket

• The 27-year-old has beaten Olympic champion’s 2012 mark
• German wants to ‘send a message’ about Paralympians

Markus Rehm has not given up hope of competing at the Olympics in Rio after it was announced the Paralympic champion will take on Greg Rutherford in the long jump at next month’s indoor athletics grand prix in Glasgow.

Rehm, who set a T44 world record of 8.40m last October – further than Rutherford leapt to win Olympic gold in 2012 – is looking to “send a message to the audience” as part of his quest to ensure Paralympians and Olympians can compete alongside each other in the future.

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