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grunt

Usain Bolt - an inferior runner to Walter Dix

It's about time the issue was addressed of the inherent unfairness of pitching a freakish gangly bloke against a little stumpy chap in a test of speed.
Clearly Dix has to take twice as many strides to cover the same distance as Bolt and yet manages to finish less than half a second behind him (200m). He is therefore better than Bolt.
We wouldn't allow this kind of discrepancy in boxing where they quite correctly have a pound for pound measure of excellence, and would not ask Barry McGuigan to try and knock seven bells out of Larry Holmes.
Seal

Like it. But how would you split the classes though? By height?

Sounds like it would be well open to jiggery pokery for the unscrupulous. Not to mention shenanigans.
Plastic Man

Re: Usain Bolt - an inferior runner to Walter Dix

In these type of races, it is customary to simply award the win to the person who completes that particular race in the fastest time, while staying within the rules.

So if someone finishes behind someone else, then that person has, what is called in technical jargon, "lost" and "was not good enough" - short-arse or not. Just because someone is tall, doesn't automatically make them good at sport. Peter Crouch, for example.

There are other races for people that takes their personal circumstances into account - at the Paralympics, for example.
grunt

Seal wrote:
Like it. But how would you split the classes though? By height?

Sounds like it would be well open to jiggery pokery for the unscrupulous. Not to mention shenanigans.


Yes well I haven't thought that far ahead yet, but it would be some kind of height/leg-length equation. I could probably live with the jiggery pokery but something would definitely have to be done about the shenanigans.
grunt

Re: Usain Bolt - an inferior runner to Walter Dix

Plastic Man wrote:
In these type of races, it is customary to simply award the win to the person who completes that particular race in the fastest time, while staying within the rules.

So if someone finishes behind someone else, then that person has, what is called in technical jargon, "lost" and "was not good enough" - short-arse or not. Just because someone is tall, doesn't automatically make them good at sport. Peter Crouch, for example.

There are other races for people that takes their personal circumstances into account - at the Paralympics, for example.


Football is different because it encompasses a wider range of skills. A good biggie is not better than a good littley. Crouch's amazing robotic skills could easily be matched by Defoe if he put his mind to it.

The paralympics points to the solution. They have about 12 different categories for every distance according to the amount of disability you have. Then a panel of judges could work out using certain co-efficients and common sense, who actually is the best and relatively fastest. Simples.
Grind

They'd have to be a committee to ensure that there were genuine shenanigans afoot too.

That pretend stuff just doesn't cut it.
Plastic Man

There you go - you've answered your own question.

You just need to enter your Dix in the Paralympics  in the "very small" category to find out how your very small Dix performs in relation to the other very small Dix-types.
Grind

I bet he pulls something and doesn't finish his dismount to the judge's satisfaction.
Grind

Barcelona to clean up in the newly devised UEFA PORG League.
Grind

"Yes, they're head and shoulders beneath the rest of the competition, Brian."
grunt

Plastic Man wrote:
There you go - you've answered your own question.

You just need to enter your Dix in the Paralympics  in the "very small" category to find out how your very small Dix performs in relation to the other very small Dix-types.


Are you taking this seriously?
grunt

I haven't even got on to the question of supremely talented yet tragically short high jumpers.
Plastic Man

grunt wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
There you go - you've answered your own question.

You just need to enter your Dix in the Paralympics  in the "very small" category to find out how your very small Dix performs in relation to the other very small Dix-types.


Are you taking this seriously?


I am addressing the topic with the reverence it merits.
grunt

Well that's ok then.

A flea can jump around 10 inches, many times it's height. Javier Sotomayor jumped 2.45 metres and he is almost that tall anyway.

By saying Bolt is better than Dix, you are in effect saying that Sotomayor is a better jumper than a flea. I hope you realise how foolish you look.
fartcatcher

There's not many sports where being a shortarse is an advantage - except maybe if you're a jockey. There's a few where it isn't actually a disadvantage (cricket, tennis?, hockey, dwarf tossing), but not many.

It's also generally an advantage being skinny. Did anyone see the Brit sprinter Harry Akinye-anyende (or something like that)? The one that took the yanks out in the relay. He was as broad as a badger's bollock. Ran like a hippo though.

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