Germany announces Rio delegation

Edina Muller Photo: Alchetron

Germany has announced their delegation for Rio, with the German NPC sending a 148 athlete strong squad to Rio. Germany comes to Rio after winning 66 medals in London four years ago, 18 of them being gold, seeing Germany finish eighth on the medal tally.

There are three notable champions returning from winning gold in London, one being the wheelchair basketball team. Seven from Germany’s winning women’s wheelchair basketball team four years ago have made the final 12 woman squad for Rio to defend the title.

One of the wheelchair basketball gold medalists from London will also be attending Rio but not with the wheelchair basketball team. Edina Muller has switched to canoeing and will appear in Rio in that sport, the first time it will be in the Paralympic Games program.

Muller has a big opportunity to win one of the first Paralympic medals in the sport having won the World Championship at home earlier in the year. That saw her defeat the 2015 world champion, Jeanette Chippington, from Great Britain, and Rio should see another chapter written in this thrilling rivalry.

Another defending champion, Markus Rehm will be getting plenty of attention as he tries to defend the T44 Long Jump title. Rehm is coming in on form with a world record of 8.40m at the 2015 World Championships, becoming the first para athlete in history to jump more than eight meters.

Another notable returning athlete is the oldest member of the team the 63 year old Marianne Buggenhagen. She will appear in her seventh straight Paralympic Games, seeking her tenth title as she competes in the throwing events.

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