Kermit wrote:It turns out that Pistorius took 92 steps during the race (2.2m per stride), and Oliveira took 98 steps to win gold (2.0m per stride). To break it down further:
In the first 100m, Pistrorius took 49 steps (2.0m per stride), with 43 steps in the straight (2.3m per stride).
Oliveira, on the other hand, took SHORTER strides - 52 in the first 100m (1.92m each) and 46 in the second 100m (2.2m each).
http://www.sportsscientists.com/2012/09 ... es-as.html
Thanks Kermit, that's a very interesting article, and the comments are worth a read too. I note that the author thinks an athlete on prosthetics will sooner or later outrun able-bodied athletes because the technology can advance further using all the possible variables of curvature, weight, flexibility, and composition of prosthetics as well as their length. There's an argument that improving the technology should be just another aspect of paralympic sport, like improving racing bikes or tennis racquets. Pistorius has opted out of the technological arms race by his own choice, to compete in the Olympics.
I think he is now genuinely contrite about his outburst. Roll on the 400 - the more drama the better.