In an endurance race anything can happen so I'd never be worried about someone's other stuff.
I was thinking some of these same things when I saw his comments. He wants gifts, he wants his ego stroked, he wants equality in the name of giving himself a better chance of winning. It is a MARATHON. He who prepare best and keeps his equipment together the whole time has just as good a chance of winning as the POTENTIALLY faster boat.
Should the NYC Marathon be broken up into classes of runners by height and leg length?