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Can the slow winning time in the men's 100m really be attributed to the new false start rule? Below are the final marks with reaction times for the past 4 major Men's 100m championships. I also averaged the reaction time for each final. As you can see, this year's final had the fastest average reaction time of the past 4 championship 100meters. Are reaction times a proper gauge for determining the impact/non-impact of the rule or am I missing something? Any thoughts?
1 Collins Kim SKN 10.07 0.148
2 Brown Darrel TRI 10.08 0.152
3 Campbell Darren GBR 10.08 0.112
4 Chambers Dwain GBR 10.08 0.145
5 Montgomery Tim USA 10.11 0.140
6 Williams Bernard USA 10.13 0.133
7 Aliu Deji NGR 10.21 0.132
8 Emedolu Uchenna NGR 10.22 0.164
Average Reaction Time = 0.14075
1 Greene Maurice USA 9.82 0.132
2 Montgomery Tim USA 9.85 0.157
3 Williams Bernard USA 9.94 0.146
4 Boldon Ato TRI 9.98 0.148
5 Chambers Dwain GBR 9.99 0.160
6 Collins Kim SKN 10.07 0.162
7 Malcolm Christian GBR 10.11 0.142
8 Zakari Abdul Aziz GHA 10.24 0.148
Average Reaction Time = 0.149375
1 Greene Maurice USA 9.87 0.197
2 Boldon Ato TRI 9.99 0.136
3 Thompson Obadele BAR 10.04 0.216
4 Chambers Dwain GBR 10.08 0.174
5 Drummond Jon USA 10.09 0.147
6 Campbell Darren GBR 10.13 0.193
7 Collins Kim STK 10.17 0.210
Zakari Abdul Aziz GHA DNF 0.180
Average Reaction Time = 0.181625
1 Greene Maurice USA 9.80 0.132
2 Surin Bruny CAN 9.84 0.127
3 Chambers Dwain GBR 9.97 0.140
4 Thompson Obadele BAR 10.00 0.145
5 Harden Tim USA 10.02 0.136
6 Montgomery Tim USA 10.04 0.136
7 Gardener Jason GBR 10.07 0.142
8 Streete-Thompson Kareem CAY 10.24 0.173
Average Reaction Time = 0.141375
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First, I am not all that keen on every competition having to be a record setting performance. In sprints that is less of an issue since the all out nature lends to "honest" records (unlike rabbited distance racing).
Second, I would say that Jon thinks the new rule affects the race.
I just think the rule is really ridiculous. My bet is that the rule will be changed back at the next meeting of the rules folks.
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I agree 100%.....I would prefer to go with the old rule, 2 false starts. But I would accept a 1 false rule as in college and HS over what they have now.
I agree... if IAAF doesn't like the 2 false start rule, then don't allow any false starts. Is it really fair that the 1st person to false start gets away with it but the others don't?
If I knew my start wasn't as good as my competitors, I'd be the first to false start in every race. That way, the rest of the field might not try to get out as fast.
There probably will be an impact on this rule. However, after JD's disgusting performance at this event, I'd like to remove his USA uniform from his body. More ridicule for the good old USA! Who wants to watch this on national TV. We wonder about the lack of representation. I turned it off! You wouldn't see MJ pulling a stunt like that. He was a class act and a credit to our country's track team.
>Maurice USA 9.87 0.197
2 Boldon Ato TRI
>hompson Obadele BAR 10.04 0.216
>Dwain GBR 10.08 0.174
5 Drummond Jon USA
>ampbell Darren GBR 10.13 0.193
>Kim STK 10.17 0.210
>Aziz GHA DNF 0.180
Average Reaction Time =
The reason thatthe average RT's(and the majority of RT's) were so slow because the starter was standing far away from the athletes.
Only JD and Ato had RT's under 0.15s because they have the fastest natural reactions to the gun.
The false start rule is rubbish and should be reversed.
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