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Old 05-09-2011, 11:54 AM
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The original 'false start' rule was that each participant got a warning for their first fals start and then were disqualified on the second. This, in theory, could lead to 8 false starts and no-one disqualified and the race not yet run. This was deemed to potentially take too long, probably for television purposes so was changed.
The next rule was that after the first flase start, the whole field was on a warning and if there was a second false start, that person was disqualified even if they hadn't caused to first false start. This was deemed to be open to abuse and gamesmanship, in that a runner could deliberately false start and then potentially get a fast-starting rival disqualified.
The latest rule is basically 'one strike and you are out' and people are falling foul of it, a bit like they used to when the football back-pass rule was introduced. It may be harch in some circumstances, but everyone is playing by the same rules and they'll get used to it over time.

With regard to Usain Bolt, he is not renound and a fast starter anyway, and he's so quick anyway that he can get away with it. But there are other athaletes that do rely on a fast start and they are the one's who could be in a bit more difficulty now.

Like Linford used to say "You've got to go on the B of Bang!", now you might have to wait for the A.

I got all this from a radio interview I heard on 5 Live on Saturday.
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