One of our readers, Jim West, wanted to know the outcome of Peter Head's olympic debute, earlier reported about here. Head, who had received a wildcard for the Olympic racewalking, unexpectedly came in as 42nd. Congratulations! However, there have been rather wild debates over the rules, specifically newly developed walking techniques, among IAAF Technical Delegates during an International Race Walking Forum held in Beijing just before the Olympics. One of their decisions was to accept Head's "backward technique," a variant of MacFadden's old "goose-step" method.
Head is already preparing for the next Olympics in London 2012. Since it is impossible to get another wild card in race walking, he has changed sport.
At this point, it is uncertain if it will gain olympic status.
Good luck to this brave man we say!