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    I think they should have to compete with the prosthetics they wear every day. Those blades are designed for running fast, but it was clear watching Leeper as he walked onto the track that they are not meant for walking.
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    I guess I was thinking about straddle HJer where there would seem to be a big advantage but I can see the difficulty of using that spring in the flop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JumboElliott View Post
    I think they should have to compete with the prosthetics they wear every day. Those blades are designed for running fast, but it was clear watching Leeper as he walked onto the track that they are not meant for walking.
    That's a good point, Jumbo, but we should then require other runners to compete in the footwear they walk in every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
    I guess I was thinking about straddle HJer where there would seem to be a big advantage but I can see the difficulty of using that spring in the flop.
    I think there might be some potential problems with the blade on the 'free' non-take off leg catching the ground as it is brought through to lead over the bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trackCanuck View Post
    I think Marlies Gohr said something to the effect that Florence had rockets on her shoes (or up her ying yang) when she ran 10.49.
    LOL!!! Yes, I remember that.
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    Best blade HJ technique would probably be with a double amputee with just one blade and a straight on approach with a dive technique.
    See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FoUNuTGFzg
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    Quote Originally Posted by JumboElliott View Post
    I think they should have to compete with the prosthetics they wear every day. Those blades are designed for running fast, but it was clear watching Leeper as he walked onto the track that they are not meant for walking.
    That's actually a good solution but a variant of it might be better. In the 1980s the only thing we had for lower leg prosthetics was a thing called a SACH foot (SACH = solid-ankle, cushion heel). That actually replicates the motion of the ankle when walking and with pants and shoes on its sometimes hard to tell if somebody has a prothesis with a SACH foot. Probably a pipe dream but maybe mandate that they have to use a SACH foot type device, which is what standard protheses still are, in most cases.
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    What would count as everyday would probably make the problem worse...just drag yourself through the day wearing the most efficient blades possible...

    And making these people use 1980s technology? That sounds brutal...Why not wheelchair racers in heavy old fashioned wheelchairs...

    Just have separate races like the wheelchairs....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    What would count as everyday would probably make the problem worse...just drag yourself through the day wearing the most efficient blades possible...

    And making these people use 1980s technology? That sounds brutal...Why not wheelchair racers in heavy old fashioned wheelchairs...

    Just have separate races like the wheelchairs....
    Actually SACH foot is still standard for non-competitive amputee athletes. So by mandating that you're saying use the standard lower leg, like a full-bodied athlete does, not something designed to give a material advantage.
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    Whatever solution this board comes up with is going to matter little when the powers at be attempt to legislate. If they try and ban the use of the blades, the court of public opinion will bury them.

    I wasn't a fan of Pistorius using them and never understood why he was permitted to compete with them as I saw it at the time as leading the sport down a very slippery slope. However, the general public loved him....or so it seemed to me. "Bladerunner!!!" and all that. This, of course, prior to his deciding to take out his SO.

    I think the slope is just beginning to be soaped up.
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