August 04, 2007

Oh, the irony!

I can't for the life of me remember what it was I was watching, but it was discussing the fact that prosthetic limbs can be tailored to specific situations - such as a more springy Running Leg.

This led to the delicious irony of athletes with two biological legs complaining about competing against athletes with one or more prosthetic legs because the "disabled" athletes were too good!

That amused me no end...

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  1. Mathew Mannion

    Not really bizarre or funny but a serious issue in the world of athletics at the moment – Oscar Pistorius (a south african runner) can run the 400m in a competitive time that could make it possible for him to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The blades he wears are longer than is strictly necessary to replace a leg, which allows him to have a longer stride than a normal runner, thereby making it possible that he is expending less effort to cover the distance (although this is disputed).

    06 Aug 2007, 01:40

  2. I fully comprehend how serious an issue this is within the World of Athletics; with springy “legs” – as mentioned in my unknown documentary – and a potentially longer stride – in the case of your Mr Pistorius – they are most definitely expending less energy. I know it gives them an unfair advantage over “normal” athletes.

    As an outside observer, however, the fact that this man with no legs has an unfair advantage over his able bodied competitors – that he has had both his legs removed, and can still run better than anyone else – is absolutely hilarious.

    06 Aug 2007, 01:51

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