Monday, 24. July 2017

Ottobock Ambassadors and technicians shine at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017

Léon Schäfer in the repair center

On the field of play and in the technical service repair center the Ottobock team display their expertise, speed and passion

In front of a packed crowd in the London Stadium Ottobock Ambassadors brought the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 to a thrilling close last night.

Marlou van Rhijn sprinted to gold in the T44 200m and Martina Caironi achieved a personal best to take gold in the T42 long jump.

It was also a proud night for Paralympic long jump champion and Ottobock Ambassador Heinrich Popow as three athletes he introduced to sport at an Ottobock Running Clinic in Japan competed in the women’s T42 long jump.

“I was really disappointed not to be able to compete at London 2017. However, it has been so rewarding to see athletes who four years ago never imagined they could run now competing on the world stage.
I still remember the enthusiasm of the fans at London 2012. So it gives me real pleasure to now be part of the crowd, knowing how important their support is to the athletes.”

Earlier in the week Heinrich watched his protégé Léon Schäfer leap to bronze in the T42 Long Jump.
“The encouragement I’ve received from Heinrich has given me the confidence I needed to believe I could become a world class athlete.
Competing in the London Stadium is a dream come true. With the on-going support from Heinrich and Ottobock I am looking forward to applying what I have learned and can’t wait to compete at the European Championships in Berlin, in front of my own home crowd.”

Also competing this week were Ottobock Ambassadors from Great Britain, newly crowned world champion Sammi Kinghorn, Kare Adenagan and Julie Rogers as well as Alexander Pototschnig from Austria and Alicja Fiodorow from Poland.

Also putting on an impressive performance are the 24-strong Ottobock Technical Service Team. Ottobock is the Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Provider for the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017. Carbon fibre, welding, wheelchair and prosthetic expertise was called on for a variety of repairs. These ranged from a crack in a socket for a running blade to repairing a wheelchair moments before the athlete was due to compete.
One of the most challenging repairs was to the gloves of a wheelchair racer. Ottobock technicians applied their trademark creativity to recycle an inner tube to repair worn thumbs.

Ottobock Ambassadors won 13 medals. They also broke two world/championship records and recorded two seasonal and five personal bests.

This is the 37th time Ottobock has provided technical service and once again demand for repairs and maintenance expertise came from all over the world. Technicians in the Ottobock Technical Service Repair Center completed over 400 repairs for athletes from Australia to Great Britain, and everywhere in between.

Notes to the Editors

  • Ottobock has been an International Paralympic Committee Worldwide Paralympic Partner since 2005 and Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Provider for the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The expertise of Ottobock technicians has been relied on since 1988 when the company first began providing technical service.
  • Ottobock develops med-tech products and fitting solutions for people with limited mobility in the areas of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility solutions (wheelchairs, rehab solutions) and medical care. Subsidiaries in more than 50 countries offer ’Made in Germany‘ quality all over the world, and are supported by more than 7,000 employees.
  • Ottobock Running Clinics are a unique opportunity for everyone from absolute beginners to enthusiastic amateurs to enjoy learning to run and developing their skills with expert tuition from Heinrich.
  • For more information on the technology used by athletes in Paralympic sport and Ottobock Running Clinics visit:

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