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    Ironic that blades are permitted while limiting thickness of shoe soles and banning brush spikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut View Post
    Can we just join paralympic T&F and add a new disability category for athletes with no blades or wheelchairs?
    You make a new category for flesh-hampered athletes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trackCanuck View Post
    What if someone were to high jump with those big springy things? Wait til they makes blades with little rockets. 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.
    Marlies Gohr complaining?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
    Ironic that blades are permitted while limiting thickness of shoe soles and banning brush spikes.
    Yes, Stepanov was the first thing that came to my mind.
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
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    Not sure which character said it in Warren Miller's book, "The Cool World" but someone said "Shitman, this ain't no time for blades!" and I'm inclined to agree. Nothing against Leeper, great athlete.
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    Today while at the meet I spoke to a USATF insider who will remain anonymous here. He told me that last year Leeper tried to enter but was refused entry because he didn't have the required paperwork showing that the blades didn't provide an advantage. This year he showed up with the required paperwork. There apparently is a lawsuit pending over this and until it is decided USATf feels forced to let him compete if he provides paperwork showing no advantage.

    I was sitting at a location that allowed me to time him over the last 100m. I have a reputation as an accurate timer and I got him in 11.87 for the last 100.
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    is that in the semi (where he seemed clearly faster) or the final?
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    Looking at the replay of the semi a number of times I got Leeper at @21.8/22.6. And that was after an incredible slow first 100...There is a close up where the 200 start is.
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    21.8/22.6 is not too bad actually. Renny Quow split 22.4/22.6 in Berlin '09.

    (Leeper probably had a tailwind in the first 200 and a headwind in the last 200, though.)
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    It's not too off a normal 400....but he was so far behind at the start of the backstretch....and burns by everyone who also had a tailwind...its very odd...I suspect Leeper is still learning and is much faster on the straights...and ragged on the turns...
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