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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Backlash over ‘BS Rule’ as track star disqualified from World Championship

The sporting world was left disappointed by the disqualification of hurdler Devon Allen from the final of the World Athletics Championships on Sunday after the gunfire was started soon after.

Allen, an Olympic athlete who was signed as a wide receiver by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year, appeared to start as usual with his rivals in the men’s 110m hurdles final in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday .

But as they approached the first obstacle, the officers pointed a gun to call them back.

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

Under current international rules for track and field sprints, an athlete is disqualified for a wrong start if they start within 0.1 seconds after firing a gun. This meant that Allen had a false start by a thousandth of a second.

According to Fox Sports, Allen argued that he should be allowed to compete. However, he was eventually disqualified and avoided the track. This was his last athletics competition before starting his NFL career.

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

NBC Sports’ Nick Zacardi said, “It’s another time to question whether a tenth of a second should be considered the cut-off for a false start DQ.” tweeted, “Especially when .108 and .109 were legal response times [competitors] Shane Brathwaite and Trey Cunningham. It’s actually closer to .100. How can one be so sure that no one can react to a gun faster than a .100?

Cunningham, an American, eventually finished second in the race. Grant Holloway from America also came in first place.

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

“I was very surprised when I was flagged off,” Alan told reporters Later “Which, you know, was also part of the frustration because I know for a fact that I didn’t react until I heard the gunshot. And 1/1000 to be too quick.. .It kinda sucks.”

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

“Great job to my boys,” he tweeted, tagging Holloway and Cunningham. “In 1,2 odds! America back on top! ,

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

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