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  • Recording times of distance races

    Until sometime in the early 1980s races over 5000m(?) and road races were recorded to the higher 1/5th of a second.
    Timing road races (that are required to have the short course protection factor) to the hundredth seem idiotic to me. Why was the timing rule changed?
    Tom Hyland:
    "squack and wineturtle get it"

  • #2
    Road races are timed in full seconds only.

    In the 10000, they must have been using 1/10th at least a few years before the 1980s, since Kimobwa's 1977 WR was recorded as 27:30.5.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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    • #3
      talking track records only:

      until 1957: everything over 1000m rounded to even 10ths (i.e., 5ths).

      1974: auto-timed 100th-second records accepted up to 400m

      1977: auto-timing for all records, but rounded to 10ths above the 400

      1981: all the track races to 100ths.

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