Bahamian sprinter Michael Mathieu ended up being a footnote to Jamaica's historic men's 200-metre dash sweep, for all the wrong reasons.
The International Association of Athletics Federation's 'one and done' false-start rule was under heavy scrutiny before London 2012 after it resulted in Usain Bolt being disqualified in the 100 at the 2011 world championships. Bolt acknowledged that he "sat in the blocks" during last Sunday's men's before winning in an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds.
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International athletics pooh-bahs might think that getting through the track portion of London 2012 without a star being disqualified validates the new rule and shows performers have adapted. Turkey's Nagihan Karidere, in the women's 400, was the first Olympian disqualified under the new rule. On Thursday, Mathieu, a relay medallist in Beijing, was DQ'd in from his semifinal heat. Jamaica's Warren Weir won it and went on to take bronze.
Why is this relevant a day later? It turns out the criteria for what constitutes a false start might not be scientifically sound.Read More »from Researchers show track’s false-start rule is too strict