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Just the second non-Victorian AFL finals derby will be the highlight of the biggest weekend in the history of Australian rules in Sydney. Swingman Tracy McGrady Jersey .On Saturday the Swans and Giants clash at ANZ Stadium in the first AFL finals Sydney derby, before their reserves teams meet in the NEAFL grand final at Blacktown in Western Sydney on Sunday.Although the NSW derby is younger than those in SA, WA and Queensland, its already stolen a march on those areas when it comes to intra-state finals.It has taken five years for both NSW AFL teams to meet in the finals, four years fewer than in took for the AFL teams in South Australia to play each other in a final.The two SA teams have been doing battle for 20 seasons, but have both made the finals in the same year on just five occasions with the Crows thrashing Port by 83 points in their only finals meeting in 2005.Fans of Fremantle and West Coast are still waiting for their first finals derby after 22 seasons, though theyve both only made the top eight in the same year four times.Followers of the two Queensland clubs are still waiting for their first intra-state final after six seasons and its hard to see that run ending any time soon based on their performances this season.The all Sydney finals match has attracted enormous media coverage in that city, but its unlikely to get the same treatment nationally.Asked if family and friends back in Melbourne sensed how big a deal the ANZ Stadium clash was in Sydney, Giants All Australian half-forward Toby Greene quipped probably not, they are in their little Melbourne bubble down there.NSW Premier Mike Baird last week confidently predicted a Sydney club would win the 2016 flag and the two harbour city teams would contest the grand final.He may be proven right, but if not he might be able to claim he just got his Australian rules letters mixed up and he was talking about the NEAFL.Both Sydney clubs had 80-point plus wins in their respective NEAFL preliminary finals.Each fielded a stack of players with senior experience, especially in their backlines where the Swans included Ted Richards and Jeremy Laidler and the Giants side contained Adam Kennedy, Matt Buntine and Tim Mohr.Its always a good indicator if your reserves team has been pretty competitive throughout the year, Swans senior coach John Longmire said on Monday. 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He came in sixth place out of eight runners. The five who finished ahead of him were double amputees.Oh, to be bilateral, said U.S. sprinter David Prince, a friend and training partner of Seitis, as he watched the race unfold.Technology for prosthetics has improved so much that it is actually better to be a double amputee in track and field than a single amputee, says Prince, who lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident.That pace of development has accented a trend within Paralympic sports. Sometimes better technology has created a gap between athletes within the same division -- or classification, as its known at the Paralympics -- who have distinctly different levels of disability.Last year and this year were really hard for me to stay motivated to actually continue training, because I go into the race knowing that they (double amputees) run faster times and I know Ill get beat, Prince said.Technology plays a prominent role at the Paralympics, with athletes across a variety of events utilizing different equipment to perform at the top of their discipline.Tatyana McFadden, the top wheelchair racer at this years games, is sponsored by BMW Racing and uses a specially designed chair to perform at her peak.The technology is amazing, McFadden said after one of her races on Thursday. She added: Its important in this sport to have that little extra edge.And more gear is always coming down the pipeline, like a swim cap that alerts a swimmer when a wall is approaching, which is being developed for athletes with visual impairments. Such swimmers are currently tapped on the head by a guide with a long pole.The athlete-technology partnership was acknowledged in the opening ceremony for the Rio Paralympics when a dancer performed a routine with a human-sized robotic arm as a partner, a piece called Harmonious Relationship.The developments are both exciting, and -- to Prince -- somewhat concerning. He worries that some athletes, such as single amputees like himself, will be left behind.At the same time, he does not begrudge double amputees for availing themselves of whatever is within the rules.I support them going tall, said Prince, referring to the fact that newer blades are longer and can increase the height of runners. Because if they go tall and start running these ridiculous times, guess what, the IPC has pressure now to address it.Craig Spence, spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee, said the Rio Gammes have shown him an increased level of athletic performance. Swingman James Harden Jersey. However, he was hesitant to attribute all of it to advances in technology. Training for disabled athletes also is improving.Ive noticed that our athletes are getting faster, stronger and more agile in every single sport, Spence said. Whether I put that down to technology, well youve got to look at the facts that our visually impaired athletes are getting faster as well. As are athletes with coordination impairments and they dont use any piece of technology.Spence said the only stipulation in terms of access to blades or any other piece of technology is that it must be available on the public market.Prices for running blades vary, but the top-of-the-line options can reach tens of thousands of dollars.Prince, who won a bronze medal in the 400 in London and finished sixth in the 200 meters in Rio, said the biggest difference that he has seen between the 2012 Paralympics and this year has not been a new piece of technology, but rather the number of competitors who are using the best equipment available.He also has had conversations with members of the IPC about figuring out competition between single amputees and double amputees. The main question that Prince is concerned with is whether double amputees and single amputees should compete against each other at all.The data is inconclusive, but if you have eyes, you can see, Prince said. It doesnt take a doctorate degree to look at that and say, `Huh, maybe a bilateral does have an advantage over a unilateral amputee.While Prince acknowledges that it is still possible for a unilateral like himself to beat double amputees, he said when he lines up in a lane and sees a top level double amputee competitor, he knows what is most likely to follow.With the number of competitors using the top blades on the market larger than ever, and many of those being under the age 25, what could happen over the next four years is a sharp dropoff in the number of single amputees competing in events against bilaterals, the 33-year-old Prince said.That would be a shame, he feels, and would go against the spirit of the Paralympics.If things progress and were kept together, he said, theres not going to be any unilateral amputees running because we wont have a chance.In order for the sport to stay legitimate, something has to be done.--Garrett Ross is a journalism student at Penn State University. 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