Friday, 29 April 2005

False Start

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 29, 2005 with 1 comment
False start rule to be tightened.

Any athlete making a false start could soon suffer instant disqualification.

In a bid to "prevent gamesmanship", athletics' governing body the IAAF is proposing to disqualify any athlete making a false start.

At present, an athlete can false start once, but any competitor who does so a second time is disqualified.

The proposal will go before the IAAF Congress in August for confirmation, just ahead of the World Championships in Helsinki.

"The opinion of a majority of council members was that this rule change would prevent gamesmanship, by penalising those athletes who deliberately false start to unsettle their rivals," said IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai. "But this is just a recommendation, and Congress will take a decision in Helsinki."

Jon Drummond protesting after disqualification at the 2003 Worlds

1 comment:

  1. I have devised a way of getting a flying start in the Vets handicaps - you start 10 metres behind the line, anticipate when your start time will be called, and run across the line on "go". Don't try it too often or they will get onto you - in fact big brother could be reading this right now, so "Shhhh!"
    Perhaps the girls running the jogalong this Sunday could test it for me?
    This MUST work - I don't see how they can recall the front markers!