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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Controversy Mars World Track And Field Championships

Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts after being disqualified after a false start in the Men's 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday. (AP)

Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts after being disqualified after a false start in the Men's 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday. (AP)

Officials hoped the World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea would highlight performance by great athletes.

But the competition got off to a false start, when Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, bolted before the starting gun was even fired in the 1,000 meter run.

The dreaded false start disqualified the Olympic gold medal winner, who is also the world record holder in that event.

The disqualification has many asking if the rules of the competition, which don’t allow for a single false start, are fair.

“It’s a brand new rule, this is the first meet that used it,” Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World editor at large told Here & Now‘s Robin Young. “The new rule is one strike and you’re out and Bolt had the one strike-it’s a big loss to the world audience,” he said.

Burfoot said that the debate over the new rule will be a hot topic for months to come in the run up to the London Olympics next year.

“It’s a fair rule, whether or not it’s the best rule is what will have to be determined,” he said.

Guest:

  • Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World editor at large

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