..What others? I've been talking about dueling, not FFA. Closest thing to others' only exists in Power Duel, which is a whole different animal.
Lightning and Drain have greater range than a blade. Second, at that point it can easily come down to who can strafe jump better, which is legitimate. However, you aren't doing damage either, now are you? Hence, in the end, he'll have Speed for a split second after you run out, and more Force than you if he follows. Hello Drain/Lightning I can't defend against!