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"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Track Rage

The recent world record in the 100-meter dash, set by Justin Gatlin at 9.76 seconds, has been revoked. Why? The time was rounded wrong. It was FCAT-unfriendly. Officially he clocked in at 9.766 seconds. With rounding it's adjusted to 9.77 seconds. This puts Justin in a tie with another guy--Asafa Powell of Jamaica. Said Gatlin when informed of the IAAF's (International Association of Athletics Federation) rug yanking, "It is very disappointing to me that it has taken five days to determine the official time of a race with this significance."

Let's say the race was originally timed at 9.77 then upgraded to 9.76, moving Gatlin out of a tie position and into sole ownership of the record. Would he still have said, "It is very disappointing to me that it has taken five days to determine the official time of a race with this significance?"

Gatlin wasn't bummed with the five day wait. He was bummed with the status change. A mild yet significant case of Track Rage.

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