Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by 223re » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:10:54


Why arent the 100 meter and 200 meter races
held on a dedicated, straight track? The curvature
of the 400 m track (and what's more, the different
degrees of curvature for different lanes) corrupts
the results.
 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Harold Buc » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:17:26


Quote:

> Why arent the 100 meter and 200 meter races
> held on a dedicated, straight track? The curvature
> of the 400 m track (and what's more, the different
> degrees of curvature for different lanes) corrupts
> the results.

What the hell are you talking about? How would a straight track change
the 100m when the straightaway is already 100m? Did you see them turning
at all in the 100m final?

And what do you mean "corrupts" the results? There's a slight difference
in curvature, but they all run the same distance, and they fight through
the heats to gett the best lanes.

Hey, for the 200m, why don't we just have them turn around at the end of
the straightaway and run back to the start?

--Harold Buck

"I used to rock and roll all night,
 and party every day.
 Then it was every other day. . . ."
      -Homer J. Simpson

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by ff » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:31:00



Quote:
>What the hell are you talking about? How would a straight track change
>the 100m when the straightaway is already 100m? Did you see them turning
>at all in the 100m final?

Haha.

Quote:
>And what do you mean "corrupts" the results? There's a slight difference
>in curvature, but they all run the same distance, and they fight through
>the heats to gett the best lanes.

>Hey, for the 200m, why don't we just have them turn around at the end of
>the straightaway and run back to the start?

That's a good idea actually.  If they did that in Atlanta, then there wouldn't
have been all those idiots saying "Wow, if you divide Michael Johnson's 200m
time in half, then the time you get is lower than the world record for the
100m!!!"

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Harold Buc » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:28:16

Quote:

> That's a good idea actually.  If they did that in Atlanta, then there wouldn't
> have been all those idiots saying "Wow, if you divide Michael Johnson's 200m
> time in half, then the time you get is lower than the world record for the
> 100m!!!"

Well, it would have been! :-)

People just don't get that it takes a while to get up to speed.

--Harold Buck

"I used to rock and roll all night,
 and party every day.
 Then it was every other day. . . ."
      -Homer J. Simpson

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by 223re » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:28:16

Quote:

> Hey, for the 200m, why don't we just have them turn around at the end of
> the straightaway and run back to the start?

A straight, 200m straight track would be ideal.
Runners would not have to deal with curves.
The idea is to compete in straight-line running.
 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Harold Buc » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:36:12


Quote:


> > Hey, for the 200m, why don't we just have them turn around at the end of
> > the straightaway and run back to the start?

> A straight, 200m straight track would be ideal.
> Runners would not have to deal with curves.
> The idea is to compete in straight-line running.

Whose idea is that? That's not the idea in the Olympics, or in road
racing, or in high school and college track.

--Harold Buck

"I used to rock and roll all night,
 and party every day.
 Then it was every other day. . . ."
      -Homer J. Simpson

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by 223re » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:46:42

Quote:

> Whose idea is that? That's not the idea in the Olympics, or in road
> racing, or in high school and college track.

It is, in 100 and 200 meters though. These are straight line sprint
races.
 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Long Joh » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:53:59


Quote:

>> Whose idea is that? That's not the idea in the Olympics, or in road
>> racing, or in high school and college track.

> It is, in 100 and 200 meters though. These are straight line sprint
> races.

So they should build a separate stadium so they can fit a 200m track in it?
And how would the seating work? Would you want to see the start or the
finish?
 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Jason Maxwel » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 14:11:54


Quote:



> >> Whose idea is that? That's not the idea in the Olympics, or in road
> >> racing, or in high school and college track.

> > It is, in 100 and 200 meters though. These are straight line sprint
> > races.

> So they should build a separate stadium so they can fit a 200m track in
it?
> And how would the seating work? Would you want to see the start or the
> finish?

Not that hard in Greece.  As I understand it the original Olympic stadium in
Olympia hosted one event for the first ancient Olympics.  A foot race of
approx. 200m in a straight line...

Jason

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Dean » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 14:35:28

Quote:

> > That's a good idea actually.  If they did that in Atlanta, then there
wouldn't
> > have been all those idiots saying "Wow, if you divide Michael Johnson's
200m
> > time in half, then the time you get is lower than the world record for
the
> > 100m!!!"

That was so frustrating! I had this friend who insisted that Michael
Johnson's first 100 was faster than the second 100 (because as everyone
knows, sprinters decelerate in the second half), and that the first 100 time
would have won gold in the 100m. He wouldn't budge on either of his beliefs.

--
Disclaimer: This post is solely an individual opinion and does not speak on
behalf of any organization.

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by David » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 18:24:15

A World Record in the 200m Straight was recognized until the mid-1970's
(Tommie Smith held the record at the time) so they must have run that
event somewhere.
 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Harold Buc » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 22:30:51



Quote:
> A World Record in the 200m Straight was recognized until the mid-1970's
> (Tommie Smith held the record at the time) so they must have run that
> event somewhere.

Well, I'm sure there's a 200m record in the Gay Games as well.

--Harold Buck

"I used to rock and roll all night,
 and party every day.
 Then it was every other day. . . ."
      -Homer J. Simpson

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Harold Buc » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 22:31:45


Quote:


> > Whose idea is that? That's not the idea in the Olympics, or in road
> > racing, or in high school and college track.

> It is, in 100 and 200 meters though. These are straight line sprint
> races.

I've seen a lot of high school and college track meets. The 100m is
straight (outdoors, at least). The 200 is curved.

--Harold Buck

"I used to rock and roll all night,
 and party every day.
 Then it was every other day. . . ."
      -Homer J. Simpson

 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Rober » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 22:54:30


Quote:



>>> Whose idea is that? That's not the idea in the Olympics, or in road
>>> racing, or in high school and college track.

>> It is, in 100 and 200 meters though. These are straight line sprint
>> races.

> So they should build a separate stadium so they can fit a 200m track in
> it?
> And how would the seating work? Would you want to see the start or the
> finish?

I think they should extend that idea to the 400 m.  Wait, how about the 800
m race.  Let's make all the races "straight line" races ;-)  The stadiums
would be a bit larger, so what :-)
 
 
 

Why no straight track for 100, 200 m?

Post by Peter » Thu, 26 Aug 2004 01:07:49


Quote:

> > Hey, for the 200m, why don't we just have them turn around at the end of
> > the straightaway and run back to the start?

> A straight, 200m straight track would be ideal.
> Runners would not have to deal with curves.
> The idea is to compete in straight-line running.

Whose idea is that?  I don't ever remember seeing a 200 race ran in straight
tracks.  And why not extend your idea to the 400M, 800M, etc.  Why not run
everything in a straight line?