World record in the broad jump with the aid of space technology

The German track and field athlete Wojtek Czyz, who competes with a leg prosthesis enhanced with the aid of space technology, set a new world record in the long jump at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing with an astonishing leap of 6.50 metres, surpassing the old record by 27 cm. 

“The objective was to see how to improve his performance, and we found the most important problem was related to a connection angle, the so-called L-bracket, between the knee joint and the foot module," explains Dr Werner Dupont, MST Aerospace Managing Director. “In collaboration with the German company ISATEC, we developed a new L-bracket using materials originating from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an instrument that will be mounted on the International Space Station to study extraterrestrial anti-matter, matter and missing matter.” 

At the previous Paralympics Games in Athens Czyz competed with a space-tech enhanced prosthetic leg and won a gold medal in three disciplines: 100 m sprint, 200 m sprint and long jump. Following this success, MST and ISATEC, a German engineering company dealing with ultra-light materials, continued to work on improving the prosthesis. 

For the long jump discipline, the previous design consisting of an L-bracket and a foot module was proven to be the most efficient, A single-component module made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic proved to be the best solution for a sprinter’s prosthesis, whereas the previous design consisting of an L-bracket and a foot module was proven to be the most efficient for the long jump. 

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