By the way, this leads to a related topic. The governing bodies have never been hesitant to go for the latest technology in electronic starting blocks with reaction time measurements, wind gauges, and laser-spotting triangulation measuring devices,...
yet they've never tackled what seems simple- a computer hooked up to mesh material which could sense contact fouls, to be placed in such areas as the toe board, the outside of the ring, and the area in the horizontal jumps now occupied by 'plasticene'.
Touch the mesh and a red light comes on- it's a foul. A computer could even record WHERE on the mesh the contact occured, in case an athlete were to argument that a falling leaf landed on the mesh or something like that.
Does it sound too difficult technically?
Of course then we'd have throwers laying down across the ring refusing to acknowledge an electronic foul, ala Drummond/Christie.
Coaches could also use the mesh as a training aid, turning up the voltage to a level which would get the athlete's attention!!!
One more comment- in all my years of officiating I noticed that elite throwers, when called for a foot foul, did not react the way elite sprinters are prone to react. On rare occasions they'd give a scowling look to the official, but that's about it. Now their coaches and teammates- that's a different story- especially at the collegiate level in a tight scored dual meet. They'd sometimes go nuts.
But the athlete themselves?- naw. They are big and often look mean and tough, but they are almost always a pleasure to officiate.
I'd take them any day over the prima donna sprinters.