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  • Three more tie breaker questions

    In the throws and the horizontal jumps, the 1st through 5th tie breakers are 2nd best jump/throw, then 3rd, etc., but what if all 6 throws/jumps in the final are the same ? This probably has never happened but what if ?

    In the Decathlon or Heptathlon, what if total score is tied. Is the tie breaker most events "won" head to head between those tied, or is it most points scored in one event. Pretty sure it's one of these two.

    And in the runs, if it's a flat out tie for 1st that cannot be broken by human judges combined with electrical timing and sophisticated photography, I certainly assume that's it, the tie remains ? No run off, be it 100m or 10,000m.

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    >In the throws and the horizontal jumps, the 1st through 5th tie breakers are 2nd best jump/throw, then 3rd, etc., but what if all 6 throws/jumps in the final are the same ? This probably has never happened but what if ?<

    Then it's a tie.


    >>In the Decathlon or Heptathlon, what if total score is tied. Is the tie breaker most events "won" head to head between those tied, or is it most points scored in one event. Pretty sure it's one of these two. <<

    It's the first, and then the second if the first still produces a tie. (And then the most points scored in the second highest scoring event, if there's still a tie. Theoretically, I suppose, two competitors could have identical performances in each of the component events. I think that's about the same "theoretically" that applies to the possibility that a chimpanzee could type out Hamlet.)


    >>>And in the runs, if it's a flat out tie for 1st that cannot be broken by human judges combined with electrical timing and sophisticated photography, I certainly assume that's it, the tie remains ? No run off, be it 100m or 10,000m.<<<

    That is correct.

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      Re: Three more tie breaker questions

      thanks tandfman !

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        Re: Three more tie breaker questions

        As Dan Lilot noted in the original thread that talked about tiebreaking procedures, the above rules apply only to IAAF and USATF competition. The NCAA stipulates (9-2(8)) "ties shall not be broken"

        No idea how long that's been in place, but then, you don't see a lotta ties in the multis.

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