Now, this may sound ridiculous, but hear me out.
Obviously, this thought was spurred by Wheating’s clutch dive to grab the fourth spot in the 1500 at USAs by .01 seconds.
When I saw this, and remembering a similar dive at the '08 Olympic trials, I thought “Wow, that’s kind of ridiculous that two world teams have been decided by a dive in the last three years”. I know this is part of the sport or whatever and it’s just an all-out last ditch effort, but as I thought about it I had trouble understanding why it’s a legal move.
Let’s say yesterday Leer and Wheating decided to dive at the exact same moment, Leer would’ve won. But let’s say that Leer was maybe an inch in front of Wheating and they both dove, Wheating would win because of the simple fact that he is taller. So at that point, the race is decided a) not by the fitness of the athletes b) not by which athlete had the better kick at the end, but by their height. And I think that’s stupid. Not to mention that it becomes who can jump the furthest not who can run the fastest.
I know 90% of you will disagree with me and I assume this wouldn’t be the case if, say, Jake Riley dove to beat Solinsky out of a spot, but still 80% of you would disagree with me. But I think it’s a logical argument, what are you guys thinking?
BTW I’m not super strongly for this or whatever I’m just kind of kicking the idea around because of my uncertainty.