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Getting an edge, or cheating?   General Confusion

Started Oct-19 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 169 views.
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Oct-19

BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Oct-19

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

Athletes are complaining that the shoes worn by marathon record breakers are offering a clear mechanical advantage.

Mechanical advantage not a new problem in sport

Swimming and cycling have also had to consider how to deal with technical developments providing too much of an advantage to athletes.

Swimming's world governing body, FINA, moved in 2009 to ban "fast suits" that provided extra buoyancy and reduced drag in the water.

FINA launched a review of technology in swimming suits after 100 world records were broken in the space of 18 months.

The men's 100-metre freestyle record is case in point.

Pieter van den Hoogenband's world record stood for eight years after the Sydney Olympics before being broken seven times between March 2008 and July 2009. It has not been broken since fast suits were banned.

World cycling's governing body, the UCI, announced it was introducing "rigorous testing" during this year's Giro d'Italia to detect hidden motors inside the frames of bikes — including magnetic scanning and X-rays.

The UCI has been working on a tracker that can be fitted onto every bike in the peloton to detect whether a motor is used at any point in the race.

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Oct-21

Interesting article.

BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Oct-21

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

Interesting article.

Indeed - better running shoes might be one of the few real technical improvements coming from athletics.

The electric cycling thing is clearly cheating - but I fail to understand why better swim-suits are a threat.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Oct-22

The problem with the swim suits is they are lined with buoyant material, so the swimmer does not have to use as much energy just keeping themselves floating.

BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Oct-22

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

The problem with the swim suits is they are lined with buoyant material, so the swimmer does not have to use as much energy just keeping themselves floating.

Ah. Maybe I understand why that's objectionable.

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