Devon Allen, of the United States, competes in a semi-final heat in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. Allen was later DQ’d in the event for a controversial false start.

Ashley Landis, Associated Press

Devon Allen, the NFL-bound world-class high hurdler, was disqualified from the final of the 110-meter high hurdles Sunday evening at the world track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon, — for being too quick.

The official ruling was that he was disqualified for a false start, but that isn’t what actually happened. In other words, he did not start running before the sound of the starting gun. He simply reacted faster than human beings are supposed to be able to react — faster than some scientists say an athlete can react, although even they seem dubious on this point.

World Athletics — the governing body for international track and field — has a rule that stipulates any reaction at the starting line that is faster than .100 of a second (a millisecond) is considered a false start and therefore a disqualification. Allen’s reaction time was .099 — one one-thousandth of a second under the allowable limit.

Two female sprinters were DQ’d for the same reason in the semifinals of the 100-meter dash — Julien Alfred (reaction time: .095) and TyNia Gaither (.093).

No early movement by Allen could be detected on TV replays, even in slow motion; that’s because, as noted previously, there was no early movement. He simply reacted too quickly, as if there should be such a thing.

All of which is exactly what the sport did not need. Australian sports broadcaster Quentin Hull tweeted: “Undetectable to the naked eye. The kind of moment that alienates track fans.”

Track and field is desperately trying to find an audience, which is one reason it came up with the silly mixed relay event, but the sport is failing miserably. It is WNBA-bad when it comes to interest.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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