Video: The Olympics are supposed to be a series of competitions that test the physical capabilities of the competing athletes. But increasingly, it seems as though it’s become a competition over which athlete brings the best gear, be it highly-engineered running shoes, swimsuits or sleds. So why shouldn’t track and field athletes be allowed to use a comically-monstrous slingshot cannon at the javelin event?
The world’s leading authority on elastic bands, building slingshots, and piercing holes in the side of an old barn has put all of his know-how into designing a (barely) handheld cannon that can hurl 2.5m-long javelins.
During testing, Joerg Sprave quickly proves you don’t want to be downfield when he pulls the trigger on this contraption, but it looks as though it has the potential to shatter a few world records too, if only the IOC would just be cool.