DJG wrote:mal wrote:DJG wrote:gh wrote:"all lanes are equal" may be a great motivational speech to give to your athletes, but unfortunately it defies the laws of physics.
If you've ever sat in on the technical meeting at a pro-level invitational and seen the heated pissing matches that go on over regards lane assignments, you'll know that the big-name athletes very much believe the draw makes a difference.
Fortunately, the laws of physics apply to all lanes and the tracks these big-name athletes are running on are the best-designed and best-engineered tracks that money can buy. So I am glad I have never witnessed the scene you describe. I might say "teach your athlete how to run the curve better!"
All lanes are equal still works for me. Even lane 1 in which hardly any sprinter has to run.
Q.) Are these Olympic and WC tracks banked ever so slightly?
GH is absolutely correct.
And a mistake you make is saying these tracks are the best engineered and best designed. That's not always so.
And finally (for me) the lanes are only equal if you are slow. The faster you run, the less fun it is on an inside turn. I'd guess that anything over 21.5 is almost like a straight to a top guy. When you are sub 21 it starts to play with you.
mal, if OG and WC tracks are not the best, then why aren't they the BSET?
Hello, it has nothing to do with being the best or better, There is no way to change the fact that the inside lane is at a severe disadvantage. I would even suggest that the adverse effect is measurable at times above 21.5. As reported above, just do the math.
Possible solutions 1) move to a 200m straight ...2) let the performance in the semi fully determine the lanes. No draws can be used. Athletes get to decide based on their performance during the semi.