The Irony of Pistorious

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bokkatankie

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Pistorious was pipped to the post in the final of yesterday's 200M - immediately complained that the winner had an unfair advantage as he was using longer blades. Compare this to the dispute over whether his blades gave him an unfair advantage over non-disabled athletes and one begins to sense a touch of ironic justice.


Fury of the 'Blade Runner': Oscar Pistorius loses 200m race at the Paralympics | Mail Online
Have been watching the story in SA, general consensus is that his stumps are longer than the Brazilians, hence Brazilians has potential for longer blades, however, shorter stumps means less overall stability, so hard to see any advantage.

What they all do is quite remarkable.
 

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One would assume that having no legs means no trousers and therefore less ironing.
 
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bokkatankie

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Yet another non-story from The Mail.

Yawn.

Not sure if you're attempting berate these athletes or not, but I wish I had the inclination to achieve half of what they have.

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It is not just from the Mail (many other papers and media are covering it) it is from the comments made by Pistorious.

Try reading before posting, always helps.
 
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Yet another non-story from The Mail.

Yawn.

Not sure if you're attempting berate these athletes or not, but I wish I had the inclination to achieve half of what they have.

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Not attempting to 'berate' or otherwise. Fantastic achievement by all the athletes - a little more grace in defeat from Pistorious might better, however, have acknowledged the winner's fine achievement
 

Joker62

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Yet another non-story from The Mail.

Yawn.

Not sure if you're attempting berate these athletes or not, but I wish I had the inclination to achieve half of what they have.

FBG
Not been watching the Paralympics then? He virtually accused Oliviera of cheating by having longer blades therefore a longer stride, not withstanding Pistorious took 46 strides to the finishing line to 49 of Oliviera, so not sour grapes? For years, he's had the advantage over other paralympians with no qualms, but now the tech has improved and turned round and bit him on the arrse, he's not happy.
 
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Some of these blade runners do seem to have rather long legs

Now I know this is for disabled athletes and all but that American bloke is a bit nails. Can't be easy hopping on one of those blade things.
 

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A commentator this morning was making the point that this was about sponsorships that Pistorious has and losing will maybe affect them , so maybe it is not just about not picking up the gold medal!!!

Pistorious was out of order but given the pressures these guys are under it is not really unexpected. He at least has had the guts to apologise for losing the plot - although he did not apologise for the comments he actually made about the length of blades.
 
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Shame there was sour grapes from pistorious - took away from what was a great race (always like a non favorite coming through).

Love to see what the paralympics will be like in 20 odd years. The sport is getting popular, which hopefully correspondends to more funding, giving athletes better opportunities to concentrate on their sports and drive up the general conditioning levels (in a similar way as when union was profesionalised). This combined with further technological advances (particularly new composites for use in the blades) could see even more amazing performance levels achieved.
 

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Okay, I shall admit to not reading it and to having missed the last few days of the games.

Off to catch up on the news.
So, basically saw a Mail headline and jumped on the outrage bus because it was a Mail headline? Tut tut
 
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Awww leave him alone, I mean think about his human rights, just because he's handicapped doesn't mean he has to be a nice bloke!
 
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bokkatankie

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Shame there was sour grapes from pistorious - took away from what was a great race (always like a non favorite coming through).

Love to see what the paralympics will be like in 20 odd years. The sport is getting popular, which hopefully correspondends to more funding, giving athletes better opportunities to concentrate on their sports and drive up the general conditioning levels (in a similar way as when union was profesionalised). This combined with further technological advances (particularly new composites for use in the blades) could see even more amazing performance levels achieved.
We are not that far from bionic limbs, already happening with arms, legs are a little more problematic but as you say 10 -20 years time will see technology beyond blades and sockets.
 

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