Track Twitter is fuming.
by ewillND (2022-07-19 13:19:32)

In reply to: Not sure what to make of the Devon Allen DQ.  posted by G.K.Chesterton

It's hard to fault the judges who were enforcing the rule. But the rule is pretty lousy.

In the semis, Allen's start time was (IIRC) 0.101. The finals it was 0.099 and a DQ. It's hard to imagine that he reacted properly in the semis, and anticipated the gun in the finals, when they were 0.002 different.

The IAAF actually commissioned a study several years ago that pegged the fastest reactions times at 0.08. So why they are clinging to 0.1 is beyond me.

Between that, the DQ of the two women in the 100m semis, and the cameraman on the track impeding runners during the steeplechase, World Athletics isn't really doing the sport any favors.