Australian Vanessa Low wins gold in long jump at the Tokyo Paralympics

Even by her standards, it was an extraordinary performance from the 31-year-old, who was born and competed for Germany before switching nationalities when she married Australian Paralympic sprinter Scott Reardon.

Low already held the world record at 5.07m for Class 61, and had won the gold medal at the last Paralympics in Rio while representing her birth land, but on a wet night at the Tokyo Olympic stadium she just kept leaping further and further.

A double above the knee amputee after being hit by a train when she was a teenager, she broke the record on her second jump when the tape measured 5.16m.

Then she broke it again on her fifth jump, soaring 5.20m, before touching the sand.

Assured of the gold before her final leap, she managed to break it again, jumping 5.28m to secure Australia’s 17th gold medal in Japan and third in athletics.