26mi235 wrote:... Given that the 200 Banked tracks violate the basic fairness and an absolute necessary condition of track and field, I do not want to hear about OTs being BAD and 200 Banked being the gold standard [the 200Banked are downhill, especially for the outer most lanes-- to such a degree that I think that the 200 wold not be legal for a road race course!]
They satisfy the rules as written for indoor track. And given that every World Championships ever contested, every NCAA since the mid-'80s, and every USATF since (can't dredge that out of the memory cells at the moment) have been contested on a 200 banked track, of course it's the gold standard.
Yes, they are flawed in that outer lanes have nasty advantage in the long sprints (but then, so do they outdoors), and the IAAF/USATF have recognized the foolishness of trying to have a fair competition on them, so they axed the event from the Championships, as should the NCAA.
Sorry, but I'm unapologetic in standing up for following the rules and not using facilities that by rule are illegal, plain and simple.