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Track & field world championhips

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by ringer, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. ringer

    ringer Member

    Anyone watching?

    Everyone' all pissy about the false start rule (one FS and you're out) but I haven't heard a persuasive argument as to why it's so horrible and why Bolt's DQ signals the demise of the entire sport. (Really!?)

    It seems like a great rule to me, unless it's inconsistently enforced.

    Anyone else?
  2. CarltonBanks

    CarltonBanks New Member

    How did Glenn Chervin do?
  3. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Can't agree ringer. Single false start and you're out, with all the variables at the starting line and nerves jangling, particularly in a race like the 100? Bad rule change.

    One false start on the field, second a DQ for the person doing it was a fine rule and kept meets moving along fine. Hope they change it back.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Agreed. Dumb rule change.
  5. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    The worst thing about it, ringer, is that most of the athletes were against the change, but the IAAF went ahead with it anyway. According to Christopher Clarey's latest story in The New York Times, there is new video showing Blake twitching before Bolt false started. If true, that's a tough way to lose. If it happened next summer, the sport would get hammered.

    Pistorius, btw, failed to qualify for the 400m final.
  6. RLE

    RLE Member

    It's a tough balance. On one hand it helps to heavily punish false starts so you end up with fewer events like the 100 at this year's adidas Grand Prix, where there were like three false startd. On the other hand, it was a huge buzzkill. Seeing Bolt in his prime (which the prelims indicated he was) is one of the few sporting events today that is truly amazing.
  7. ringer

    ringer Member

    I respectfully disagree.

    What variables at the start? Track is one of the most controlled sports.

    Jangling nerves? These are professional athletes. Should a batter with two strikes against him in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series be allowed an extra strike when their team is down by one run with two outs? Because of the pressure? No.

    The old rule just enabled runners to intentionally false start.
  8. SpeedTchr

    SpeedTchr Well-Known Member

    Preferred the previous rule, where the first false start would be charged to the field, then the DQ's would kick in.
  9. joeggernaut

    joeggernaut Member

    I never saw anything wrong with the old rule.
  10. ringer

    ringer Member

    South Africa just pulled its second-fastest 400m guy out of the 4x400 meter final.

    Oscar Pistorius, aka Blade Runner, double leg amputee, has been yanked so the JV can run for a medal without him. Okay, they added one good guy, but the other 3 are slower than Pistorius.


    Can anyone figure out a logical rationale?
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