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    A lot slower.....the one legged blade guys complain they are at a disadvantage compared to the 2 blade guys ..
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    Just watch that 2nd 100 of Leeper's semi to see what an advantage he has...
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    I share the safety concerns these blades present. And I have no doubt that technological improvements will be made and performances will improve.
    The massive disadvantage mentioned above is offset by the greater energy returned and the lesser amount of body weight being carried.
    What is Leeper's weight and what are the stride lengths for these blades?

    I can easily see the WA allowing these competitors and at some point when they start winning, the WA will start handicapping these athletes with weight vests to level the playing field.

    Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJG View Post
    I share the safety concerns these blades present. And I have no doubt that technological improvements will be made and performances will improve.
    The massive disadvantage mentioned above is offset by the greater energy returned and the lesser amount of body weight being carried.
    What is Leeper's weight and what are the stride lengths for these blades?

    I can easily see the WA allowing these competitors and at some point when they start winning, the WA will start handicapping these athletes with weight vests to level the playing field.

    Just my opinion.
    Weight vests? That would be ridiculous...they don't belong anymore than wheelchair racers...
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    Ridiculous and WA go together like.....
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    The adding weight thing seems like an easy solution. Isn't that what they do in auto racing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merner521 View Post
    The adding weight thing seems like an easy solution. Isn't that what they do in auto racing?
    Don't know anything about auto racing, but it is common practice in horse racing.
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    In the Kentucky Derby, all stallions carry 126 lbs, fillies (when one is entered) 124 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    A lot slower.....the one legged blade guys complain they are at a disadvantage compared to the 2 blade guys ..
    The single blade guys tend to be quicker out of the blocks and often win at 100m but the 2 bladers seem to have a big advantage at 200 and 400.
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    The 400 seems to be the perfect race for "blade guys".

    Just enough distance to stay in it if you're a stud, then end up running a "no lactic acid in my lower legs" final 100.

    To me that's all the more reason to say - "love ya, but - this is not apples to apples."
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