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08 Mar 2004


I was watching the indoor world champs this weekend and noticed that when somebody false started, they gave a woarning to ALL the athletes, the warning used to go only to the one in the wrong - has this changed?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Chris

The rule changed 2 years ago - it used to be that the athlete who false started was given a warning, but everyone else still had two chances - what was sometimes happening was that you would get about 6 out of 8 athletes who all had warnings for a false start in one race. So, to speed things up a little, they introduced this new rule. THe athletes weren't too pleased, but it has sped things up a little - the downside is that it's slowed the times down, because athletes are a little nervous to attempt to anticipate the gun nowadays, so whereas the times used to commonly be lower than 10 seconds in the mens' 100 m, they very rarely break ten anymore, and this is one of the factors that may account for this.

Hope this helps

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