It’s time that we read J.P. Hartley’s 1960 novel Facial Justice that “depicts a post-apocalyptic society that has sought to banish privilege and envy, to the extent that people will even have their faces surgically altered in order to appear neither too beautiful nor too ugly.” It was a crazy notion in 1960, but we may be headed this way in sports because of supposed gross inequities that should be remedied for the betterment of all of us.
Ryan Crouser unleashed a throw of 76 feet, 8.25 inches in the men’s shot-put final at the Olympic Trials to set a new world record. The previous record of 75 feet 10.5 inches was set in 1990 by Randy Barnes, who was 6’ 5” and weighed 290 pounds. Barnes was later banned for steroid use. He was trying to be more than equal.
This has got to be unfair to people who are shorter and weigh less than Crouser who is 6′ 7″ tall and weighs 315 pounds. Weight and height have their distinctive advantages and disadvantages in the throwing events (shot put, discus, and javelin). Being tall is a measurable advantage for men and women. Weight is also an advantage in the shot if that weight is muscle. Keep in mind that women have a decided disadvantage in terms of muscle size and density. Something must be done about it to reach “equity” in the throwing events.