Did anyone see what they used as a pacemaker in Hengelo? They had computerized lights on the rail running a perfectly even 65 seconds. Take a look at this video I took from the NOP instagram page.https://youtu.be/Frjdfu81RjQ My thoughts.1) I think the lighted rail is really cool. Personally, down the road, I'd much rather see the sport get rid of human rabbits and just use a robotic light like this. 2) Despite me loving it, how in the world is this legal? Here is the IAAF rule on pacing.
So my reading of the rules indicates that pacing by technical devices is strictly prohibited unless it's "carried or worn personally" by the athlete. That clearly wasn't the case yesterday.
Am I misinterpreting something?
If not, I think the IAAF should allow the times for qualifiers for Worlds but issue a warning for future races that such a stunt is illegal (and perhaps strike all the times from the alltime lists).
Then change the rule to allow the lights to be used as a pacer.