In QWOP you play as an elite athlete (of sorts) for the small nation QWOP -- a real place in South America. It is unclear exactly what QWOP spends its GDP on, because it sure as hell isn’t the track and field team.
It’s probably gravity intensifiers, considering the fact that your character is relentlessly shoved head first into the ground every time you try to start running. But that’s okay. After a couple dozen times I can really tell I’m getting the hang of it -- I made it 4.1m (out of 100m) along the track. Progress!