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    Don't count the scores just yet in the womens pole vault and relay. Sources from the world cup say that protests in both events are being filed by numerous teams. As for the pole vault, it looked more like a poorly run junior high meet than the IAAF World Cup. Mistakes were so numerous that we will simply list them.

    1. Seemed as if America's Stuczynski started early as officials in the call room took her chalk, pole tape, and english version tape measure. After several arguements and official phone calls with the help of Kym Howe, the items were returned just in time.

    2. First indiciation something was wrong when Kym Howe blew over 4.30 by a mile three times in a row but knocked the bar off. Something didn't look right.

    3. Stuczynski at 4.40 missed her first attempt. She requested the standards at 80 but looked like they were at 10. After discussion with the official she protested the jump.

    4. 2nd attempt at 4.40 Stuczynski put her pole down at the end of the runway having requested 80 depth again but knowing they were wrong (65) went down the runway to tell the offiical the standards had not been moved. The official argued that they were in the right spot and told her she had 27 seconds left. She jogged to the end of the runway and over penetrated the cross bar which was clearly at 65 cm. The official seemed to start the clock over only have she hurried to start her attempt.

    5. Pyrek 2 times in a row had a javelin thrower walk in front of her stopping her approach as she went back with time nearly expired, yet the officials would not restart the clock to 1 minute as you are supposed to. Pyrek argured in protest for 15 minutes to the same official that Stuczynski approached.

    6. Yelena after winning the meet was not given enough time in between jumps. They gave her 1 min. , she too had to argue for the correct time. The pinnacle came when Yelena was given 3 min. with the clock nearly expired they had yet to put the bar up. She looked confused as her time was ticking and there was no bar to jump.

    Is it too much to ask to simply have a some what qualified crew to run an event as complicated as the PV at a meet this big and important. This is an embarrasment not to the athletes who cried out but to the people who were incompitent in running the event.

    Could someone let the officials know that all 4 team members are supposed to be in the same lane?!?

    Bryce Carlson
    Media and Marketing

  • #2
    whatever...... standards off

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    • #3
      wonderful post bryce !

      is it just me or is the standard of officiating in sports just pathetic ?

      just recently we've had controversy in soccer & cricket

      is it time to have a cadre of pro officials for athletics ?

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      • #4
        How frustrating.

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        • #5
          Are the officials sourced locally? Even if they are, surely after the ridiculous amount of championships/big meets handed over to Athens in recent years, someone would have acquainted themselves with a rulebook or two??

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          • #6
            In an age of professional athletics, only the officials are amateur.

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            • #7
              Re: What really went on at world cup

              Originally posted by suhrsports
              As for the pole vault, it looked more like a poorly run junior high meet than the IAAF World Cup.
              Quite accurate assessment. I've never seen a High School or Middle School meet run that poorly.

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              • #8
                Dear IAAF,
                Can we please ban anything Greek from the sport of Athletics?
                Love,
                the rest of the world.
                137

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AS
                  Are the officials sourced locally? Even if they are, surely after the ridiculous amount of championships/big meets handed over to Athens in recent years, someone would have acquainted themselves with a rulebook or two??
                  I hear the pit crew at the Olympics was not that great, and it sounds like this was the same crew. Most or all didn't understand English, and they did not seem to have a good understanding of how the pole vault works.

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                  • #10
                    Add to that the fact that pb's and Sb's kept coming up on captions for absolutely no reason, and the stadium has a lousy audience figure...and you have an absolute sham of a world cup- Every four years for this? I preferred the Irish schools champs!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jaack
                      Add to that the fact that pb's and Sb's kept coming up on captions for absolutely no reason, and the stadium has a lousy audience figure...and you have an absolute sham of a world cup- Every four years for this? I preferred the Irish schools champs!
                      what do you mean by a lousy audience figure ??

                      the stadium is almost full all the way around on the lower level they've even open the top level as well. the crowd is actually really good and there is a great atmosphere. i was quite suprised
                      i deserve extra credit

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                      • #12
                        nobody

                        Originally posted by mump boy
                        Originally posted by Jaack
                        Add to that the fact that pb's and Sb's kept coming up on captions for absolutely no reason, and the stadium has a lousy audience figure...and you have an absolute sham of a world cup- Every four years for this? I preferred the Irish schools champs!
                        what do you mean by a lousy audience figure ??

                        the stadium is almost full all the way around on the lower level they've even open the top level as well. the crowd is actually really good and there is a great atmosphere. i was quite suprised
                        They opened up the gates and let people come in for free.

                        Hey, maybe they just fired somebody; they're looking for a new competition director:

                        http://www.iaaf.org/news/Kind=512/newsId=36321.html

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                        • #13
                          yeah

                          Yeah, it was a joke.

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