norunner wrote:......So what do they do in the US at big international meetings, for example the DL in New York? Announce and show results both in feet and meters?
Having announced at both NYC and Eugene I can tell you that when the DL crranked up 3 years ago, the Swiss Timing people were in meters-only mode, so the on-field indicators were metric-only. That went over like a lead balloon (and wrought havoc in the booth).
The last two editions, the indicators show both metric and English.
And if I'm on the mike, meters get mentioned only when it's good filler to stretch out the drama on the measure of an obviously long jump/throw.
It's called understanding your audience and enhancing their understanding/enjoyment of the proceedings.