New blocks will enhance performance: IAAF

Jun 11, 2012, 11:12 IST | AFP

Newly-designed starting blocks to be used at the London Olympics will "enhance" the performance of athletes, according to the sport's world governing body, the IAAF, and not slow them down as claimed by Usain Bolt

The blocks redesigned by Swiss timekeepers Omega for this season’s Diamond League and Olympics came in for criticism last week from none other than Jamaican sprint star Bolt, the world’s fastest man whose voice carries considerable weight. But the IAAF insisted that changes to the starting blocks would not affect those using them.

Usain Bolt

“Visually the starting blocks look very different,” an IAAF said. “Actually Omega redesigned the starting blocks, but the changes have been introduced in order to enhance the measurement of the athlete’s reaction times and to enhance the performance of the athletes.”

Bolt escapes unhurt
Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt walked away uninjured from a minor road accident early yesterday, local media reported.

Bolt, also the world record holder in the 100 and 200m sprints, was involved in an accident in a busy part of Jamaica’s capital called Half Way Tree just after 5:15am on his way home from a party.  

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