How Can U Tell Who is Leading a Staggered Race?

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Re: How Can U Tell Who is Leading a Staggered Race?

Postby mal » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:28 am

There are a lot more challenges for T&F than concern about whether a TV commentator can read a track in a race.
re: 400. Leave them in lanes. Mass starts and merging is for the indoor circuit and relays.

As for commentary about who'is leading, its largely irrelvent 25 % into the race, and evens out pretty quickly.

Commentary seems to be uneducated, and unnecessary at that stage. Its always the same stuff. So and So got away well. So and So is running a great back straight. Blah blah. Most of it canned, prepared before the race by the experts.

If you want everyone to fight over lane one in a sprint, the sport will spin faster down the drain. Clockwise in the southern hemisphere and anti clockwise in the northern ... or is it the other way around?
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Re: How Can U Tell Who is Leading a Staggered Race?

Postby 26mi235 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:48 am

The 400h race does have markers, they are called hurdles, and it makes it easier to see who is ahead and who is gaining/losing ground.
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Re: How Can U Tell Who is Leading a Staggered Race?

Postby nicest person ever » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:50 pm

I like bijanc's idea the most by far.

Just use those CGI lines like they use for the line of scrimmage and 1st down lines on televised football games. That way you don't have to even deal with running out onto the track to physically lay down strips of adhesive tape across the track or any of that.

And even better still, for the 400, you could have "moving" lines that were set to move at, let's say world record 43.18 pace (or Stadium Record pace, or 44.0 pace or whatever you wish), with a separate little digital line moving along in each lane, so you could see how far back (or in front, if they went out really fast) everyone was relative to the line, so that way you would easily be able to tell who was in the lead in the race and who was in what place in the race during the first few turns pretty easily just by looking at how far in front or behind or whatever they were to their wr-pace moving-lines in their respective lanes. This would take the guesswork out of figuring out who was leading in staggered 400m races.

That also gives an interesting idea for the 100m, of putting in a moving WR-line, or O.R.-line, or National Record-line (for U.S. Champs etc), or what have you, in, say, the 100m dash, so you could see whether guys like Bolt or Gay or Blake were threatening a WR, AS the race was unfolding, during big races. Just like how in swimming during the Olympics the frequently put up a moving-WR or moving-O.R. line in the pool if any of the swimmers are threatening the WR or O.R. during their swim. etc
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