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Jesse Owens was snubbed by who? Everyone knows that at the 1936 Olympics Hitler snubbed Jesse Owens. As the story goes, after Owens won one gold medal, Hitler, incensed, stormed out of Olympic Stadium so he wouldn't have to congratulate Owens on his victory. The facts are simple. Hitler did not congratulate Owens, but that day he didn't congratulate ...


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In the men's 1500m at the 2012 Olympics, Abdalaati Iguider ran 3:34.00 in the 2nd semi-final. The final was won by Taoufik Makhloufi in a time of 3:34.08. In the men's 5000m, Mo Farah won with a time of 13:41.66, a time which would have placed him in the middle of the field in either of the heats. The fastest time was Dejen Gebremeskel at 13:15.15, 25s ...


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They are collecting the javelins (and other projectiles) for athletes: Over eight million TV viewers across Europe watched the remote control 1:5 scale model Volvo XC90 collect javelins, discuses and hammers for the athletes at the European Athletic Championships in Gothenburg last week. emphasis added Note that the article linked above is reporting on ...


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According to IAAF competition rules art 163: Lane Infringement (a) in all races run in lanes, each athlete shall keep within his allocated lane from start to finish. this shall also apply to any portion of a race run in lanes. (b) in all races (or any part of races) not run in lanes, an athlete running on a bend, on the outer half of the track as per Rule ...


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4x100m relay are composed by 4 runners that run approximately 100m each. To avoid that a faster athlete run a longer section are imposed limits for the passage of the baton. In the image below you can see those takeover zones (red boxes) on a lap Yesterday (August 18th 2016) Gatlin has touched his mate out of those takeover zone From IAAF rule book rule ...


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Here is a really good article on this subject: When a track is designed for Olympic competition, the designers are going to make the track as “fast” as possible — which usually means that the track will provide a great deal of grip, but will be as hard as possible to allow the runners, especially sprinters, get the best push-off from the track. ...


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TL;DR: 110 m was set for historical reasons and women had the distance set to 100 m to both use metric units and keep consistency with the number of hurdles run by men (10). 110 metres hurdles in Wikipedia explains that the distance of 110 metres comes from a 120 yards standard defined in the mid-1800s: The first standards were attempted in 1864 in Oxford ...


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for men, the mile world record has been 3:43.13 by Hicham El Guerrouj since 1999, and a little more than 1,500 athletes have broken the 4-minute barrier over 6,000 times since then. that number includes ten U.S. high school track runners and likely a few hundred U.S. collegiate athletes. this 6,000 figure is a little bit of a low-ball though, because on the ...


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Owens, a lifelong member of the Republican party, said "Hitler didn't snub me - it was [FDR] who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram," at a Republican rally in October, 1936. You could say he was not snubbed based on his own words, though I think his words may have been a little politically motivated and not representative of his ...


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Yes, the story is true. Here is a video showing the race (at timecode 5:51). As you can see, Kim Collins (at lane 7: it is him indeed, cf. the IAAF official results, heat #5) makes a normal start, but apparently gets hurt after ~40 m of race, and then stops his effort, just jogging from that point on. Since he nevertheless remained in his lane (at least for ...


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Entry by Qualifying Standards In decathlon, your ability compared to the average athlete is irrelevant; what you need is to meet the fixed entry standard within a certain time period prior to the Games, for yourself. The entry standard for the 2016 Olympic Games decathlon event was a score of 8100 or greater, obtained at an IAAF-approved event between 1 ...


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It was Emil Zátopek!! Thanks to JeopardyTempest in comments I could track the results from the European Athletics Championships. There, I found a couple of interesting and promising results: Oslo 1946 - 10,000 metres. Difference of 39 seconds. # Name Country Time 1 Viljo Heino Finland 29:52.0 CR 2  Helge Perälä Finland 30:31.4 Brussels 1950, 10,000 ...


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As aqwert said, gymnasts use a spring floor. As a metric for how high a gymnast can launch, I checked out this video of a quadruple twist in a floor routine. Kenzo Shirai is 1.64m (5'5") tall. At 1:01, his center of gravity is, say, 1.5 times his height, giving us 2.46m -- .01m higher than the men's world record high jump. Again, this is with a springboard. ...


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Half a year later I can answer this myself. The formula is points = floor(conversionFactor * (result + resultShift)^2 + pointShift) And all the smarts are within knowing the coefficients. But let's start with something simpler to understand what's going on. Track events In track events the result is measured against a reference time. Your improvement ...


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tl;dr: Track distance, tightness of curves, and banked curves Event distances Different implement weights Lack of wind Differences in runways (length and responsiveness) For the track events, you've nailed it: the 200m standard indoor track means races of the same distance (e.g. 800m) can be notably different from races on a standard 400m outdoor track. In ...


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This took me a long time to find. According to the USA Track & Field rule book for 2013, there is no maximum age limit for the main "OPEN" and "MASTERS" classifications of race walking. There is however a maximum age limit for other classifications. Classifications OPEN Minimum age: 14 years old. Maximum age: NONE Junior Minimum age: 14 years old. ...


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Like Philip Kendall said, in athletics, a person who throws a javelin is called a "javelin thrower". Collins Dictionary has an entry for "javelin thrower": (athletics) a person who throws a javelin There is the word "javelinier" (or "javelineer"), but apparently that is only used for non-athletic purposes. Wikitionary defines "javelinier" as: A ...


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This is covered by the IAAF Competition Rules. Quoting from the 2014–2015 edition, Rule 187.20: The measurement of each throw shall be made [...] from where the head of the javelin first struck the ground to the inside edge of the arc, along a line to the centre of the circle of which the arc is part.


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IAAF rule 162.2 ("The start") says: All races shall normally be started by the report of the Starter’s gun held upwards. and 162.6 ("False start") specifies that: An athlete, after assuming a full and final starting position, shall not commence his start until after receiving the report of the gun. Your question, I think, proposes changing this rule,...


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Track stars have been successful in the NFL in the past, but not necessarily pure track stars. Bullet Bob Hayes, for example, won two gold medals in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics (one individual, one relay) and tied or set world records in both events; he then went on to have a long NFL career as a wide receiver, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys, and was ...


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There are 2 general cases when athletes pass on jumps: The height is too low They want to go up in the standings Usually when an athlete starts jumping, they don't pass to preserve energy. The jumps start at a lower height and incrementally get higher. So a better jumper might skip the first few jumps, while the others attempt them. Once the jumper starts ...


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Not in a global final before Rio 2016, which is to say, probably no. Blake's breakthrough came in 2011, so he wasn't a factor in 2009. There was no global championship with a 4x100m in 2010. Powell was injured in 2011 and didn't run the relay at that year's World Championships. Since then, either Blake or Powell has not been on the team for each global ...


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The only practical preference for lane assignment in the 100m sprint is for a matter that's no longer the case at the Olympic games and many other large competitions. In 2008, research was published that showed that sprinters nearer to the starting gun (which is always inside lane 1) had slightly quicker reactions to the gun. This is because of their ...


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I looked for recorded instances of the same finishing time by more than 3 runners, and couldn't find any. As was mentioned in the comments, the race you referenced in your question was reported to 0.01 seconds. A quick online search showed that they eventually ruled based on the photo finish camera (those results can be seen in the photo you included in the ...


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I spent two years trying to perfect the hang technique in high school and I was an utter failure. I was fast and tall so was sent to do the long jump, but ended up being a little too big to make this technique effective. There were a lot of 5th place finishes in my future at meets. The key to the hang technique is the short step at the end - think about ...


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Specifically for the long jump, the issue for the competitors is their starting marks. They set themselves up very carefully for their jumps in order to make their last stride as close to the board as possible without being on it (i.e. fouling). As @steelerfan's answer explains, a "fast" track or runway is giving the athlete more "return" for the force ...


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Racketlon a combination of racket sports. Modern pentathlon fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting, running. Throws pentathlon Chess boxing Also possibly: Joggling running/juggling, Cycle ball cycling/football and Underwater hockey hockey/swimming.


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Yes, it is possible if the rules of the respective national athletics federations allow it. National records are governed by national athletics federations and, while everywhere the big line is that you need to be a citizen of the country to break a national record, there is no uniform way to define the national record of a country. The devil is in the ...


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