Monday, September 26, 2022

Negative reaction as track star disqualified from world championship over ‘BS rule’

The sporting world was dismayed on Sunday by hurdler Devon Allen’s disqualification from a World Championships in Athletics final for starting too soon after the gun went off.

Allen, an Olympian who was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as a wide receiver earlier this year, appeared to start normally alongside his competitors in the men’s 110-meter hurdles final in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday.

But as they approached the first obstacle, the officers fired their guns to call out to them.

According to timing technology, Allen had started 0.099 seconds after the shot.

Under current international rules for track and field sprinting, an athlete is disqualified for a false start if he starts within 0.1 seconds after the gun is fired. This meant that Allen had made a false start by one thousandth of a second.

Allen argued that he should be allowed to compete, according to Fox Sports. However, he was eventually disqualified and escorted off the track. It was his last track meet before beginning his NFL career.

Many fans and commentators were outraged at the decision and called for the rule to be changed.

“Another time to question whether a tenth of a second should be considered the limit for false start disqualifications,” Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports. tweeted. “Especially when .108 and .109 were legal reaction times of [competitors] Shane Brathwaite and Trey Cunningham. That’s very close to .100. How can one be so sure that no one can react to a gun faster than .100?

Cunningham, an American, eventually took second place in the race. Grant Holloway, also from the US, got there first.

Performance coach and author Steve Magness called the 0.1 standard a “rule of BS” and “completely arbitrary” with no science behind it.

“When they marked me I was very surprised”, Allen told reporters after. “Which, you know, was also part of the frustration because I know for a fact that I didn’t react until I heard the gun. And being 1/1000 too fast… kinda sucks.”

He later congratulated his fellow American athletes for taking the top two places.

“Great job my boys,” he tweeted, tagging Holloway and Cunningham. “1.2 on the fences! America is back on top!”

World Athletics, the sport’s governing body, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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