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    This is a statement posted by Jon Drummond on another message board. Original post can be found at http://on.starblvd.net/cgi-bin/bbsmsg?sub10&tr=15997

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    Firt of all I appreciate everyone's comments whether positive or negative.

    But I believe all of you have your facts completely wrong. Unfortunately the print media, most of which weren't even at the event,reported events out of context. My protest, laying on the track was all of 10 to 15 minutes. I did this because I asked to run under protest, a rule that was ammended to the no false start rule.

    Due to what I believe was a language barrier the official replied "no you broke first". So I protested. I clearly did not false start. It was obvious to me that there was a problem with the system, or the possiblity of foul play. I FOUGHT.
    I fought what was clear to the naked eye.

    After the protest, I got up and began to leave. One of the team managers ran up to me and said to go back, the coaches have an appeal in and you can run under protest.
    What also held up the meet was the jury of appeals were no where to be found.

    I went back to the starting line and stood. The ref came up to me and said, "we will allow you to run under protest." They escorted us off of the track to allow the other heats compete.
    The meet director Sandro Giovanilli and General Secretary Ishtan Guylyi spoke with me and where apologetic and asked me to walk away to "avoid further scandal." Because I know these men on a personal level, I complied to their wishes.

    I know the reports say I rolled on the grass and jumped in the steeplechase pit. That all happened after the fact. That all happened on the warm-up field after I had left the stadium. Unbeknown to me, they had a camera on me back there, and was showing it on the big screen in the stadium.

    I wasn't rolling in the grass, I fell limp to the ground because I was enraged with tears to the point of cramps in my stomach and hyperventilation. My coach consoled me and told me to get in the steeplechase water to cool off and calm down.

    The meet was held up by the fans in the stadium for 45 minutes, who wouldn't allow the race to continue because I was not in the heat. They booed and whistled each time the starter attempted to start the race. I was not in the main stadium nor did I agitate their actions.

    I am not going to sit here and let any of you make me think if your livilyhood was on the line you wouldn't have done everything to protect it. Say what you will, but I know in my heart and it was obvious to the naked eye, and based on the rules that are in place and my clear understanding of the rules
    I DID NOT FALSE START. My actions are justified. I did what I had to do. I fought for my rights according to the rules.

    Could I have acted differently, possibly, but I did NOT expect to be called for a false start nor were my actions premeditated. I reacted to the situation at hand. I staged a peaceful protest, and the fans agreed with my actions and supported me.

    It could have very easily gone the other way, especially since there is already a political riff between the US and the French, however it didn't, and the fans were in favor of my protest because and I will say it again, I DID NOT FALSE START!

    Most of you in here watch the sport, I am actively apart of this sport. I know the who's who and needless to say most of them felt I was done a disservice.

    Many of you get angry if someone steals a parking spot from you int the grocery store parking lot, I was robbed of an opportunity to become the World Champion! AND at age 34 that is something worth figting for!


    All the best

    JON DRUMMOND
    [email protected]

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    Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

    I agree with him. If I 'felt', I was being fired from my job unjustly, I would have put up a fight too.

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    • #3
      Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

      The preceding message was posted by me. I hope Jon doesn't mind that I posted it here, but I felt that there are people here who REALLY need to read it.

      Brian Gates
      ([email protected])

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      • #4
        Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

        Nothing that Jon hasn't said before.

        There was obviously a lot of confusion among officials at the starting line. That is in Drummond's favor, although it doesn't change anything (perhaps unfortunately).

        Jon has stated repeatedly that he did not false start. Putting it in capital letters or leaving it in lower case does not make it so. Drummond saying so does not make it so, even though he may be totally honest in stating it.
        I'm sure he feels that he did not false start, but the equipment approved by the entire world showed otherwise.

        Professional sports are tough, unforgiving, and sometimes unfair- ALL SPORTS. Those who choose to contest them anyway must recognize that reality and either choose to live with it (warts and all) or move on to employment which is more stable and consistent.

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        • #5
          Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

          Randy, the purpose of JD's statement was not to emphasize the fact that he DID NOT FALSE START. Rather he was clarifying the details of his "tantrum", which he claims were grossly exaggerated. It's got to be frustrating that people are criticizing the living hell out of him without even knowing what happened.

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          • #6
            Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

            Well as they say 'both beauty and ugliness are in the eye of the beholder', and things seldom look the same in a mirror.

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            • #7
              Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

              when you find out that the seiko pads were untested and that their "unique false start detection system" (as they put it on their web site)was thrown out of world swimming champs in 2001 for gross errors (www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,4862-89723,00.html)one really has to wonder about the fast gun and the electronic system...
              if jon's start began at .052 wouldn't you all be able to see it without the detection system...did the "unique system" pick up someone getting into the set position with the gun being fired before iaaf rule 162.3...when all competitors are set, the gun shall be fired?????????

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              • #8
                Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                I read an article this week about FINA (the swimming federation) finally deciding to switch from Seiko to Swiss Timing as their official timer. And yes, a lot of it had to do with the touch pads.

                HOWEVER, the problem with the swimming touch pads were they were TOO hard to trip- apparently they were right at the edge of the psi threshold called for in swimming rules and were causing problems for Masters swimmers who don't slam their hand into the pad as hard.

                The situation in track & field seems to be the opposite- the pads on the blocks are said to be TOO sensitive.

                So I'm not sure this has any corrolation to the FINA/Seko problem at all.

                The entire question should be easily resolvable by a technical committee. Are the pads/blocks supplied by Seiko (or whoever the supplier was for Paris) in compliance with the range of psi thresholds called for by the IAAF technical specifications, and are they calibrated consistently from one set of blocks to another?
                If not, then it's probably too late to do anything about results already 'booked'- an argument could be made that all athletes were treated equally even if the blocks were too sensitive- but equipment changes could certainly be made at future competitions.

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                • #9
                  Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                  seiko is big $$$$$$ to iaaf...notice large yellow signs in st. denis.....

                  also...iaaf does not certify starting equipment!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                    The key to this whole situation remains in the fact that JD thought he was unjustly deprived of his 'right' to compete. Whether that is true or not is totally irrelevant. He THOUGHT he was. I dare say every one of would fight to defend ourselves in this situation. What he did was all he could think of to do AT THAT TIME. If you think you can criticize his behavior, (I THINK) that means that you have no ability to empathize (in the most literal meaning of the word) with his situation, as HE perceived it.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                      yes, he THOUGHT...and to add great credibility to his THOUGHTS on the start, comtemplate these facts:
                      -he is a very experienced starter
                      -he has been the selection of many olympic coaches to be the lead off leg for 1996/2000 olympic games, and any other international competitions he was in..if he fs, who would make him the lead-off leg?
                      -he is more aware of the new rule than any other athlete since he was the first athlete to sign the petition more than 2 years ago
                      -jon has never fs out of a meet
                      -if his reaction time was .052 compared to the others in the race, wouldn't a .052 reaction time show you clearly on the video that he was out first?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                        >if his reaction time was .052 compared to the others in the race, wouldn't a .052 reaction time show you clearly on the video that he was out first?

                        The way the rules read, you can false start without even leaving the blocks, or be out 'dead last'.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                          Which is a HUGE problem!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                            yes...but we are speaking of a specific incident....a fast gun during which time (.052)in coming to a set position, jon was adjusting his foot - had the starter allowed all to become set (still) as is the iaaf rule, and then fired the gun,that normal movement that all athletes have getting into the still (set) position would have terminated ...what i said is, if he actually left the block at .052, everyone would actually see that kind of a break...you don't need detection equipment for that...a fast gun will produce that electronic reading all the time on the last ones set...but the athlete has the right to be set last, the starter is charged to wait until the field is set (still)

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                            • #15
                              Re: Statement from Jon Dummond on another message board

                              What is all the fuss about. Athelics in what you would like to call the third world go through this all the time and have to accept it. It is termed "the rules". Did we here a squeak from the Jamaician who also got disqualified?
                              When you start going in this direction a lot of questions can be asked. If the equipment was malfunctioning, how long has this been going on? Do we recall all the previous races? etc, etc.
                              Jon must accept the decision of the officials and move on.

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