Now this was something that annoyed me a bit, at the Pre classic there were two false starts one in the mens 100m and one in the womens 400m, i can’t remember who it was in the mens 100m ivory williams i think.
but this was the one that annoyed me, the womens 400m, allyson felix twitched in the blocks (very obviously), way before the gun, so when the gun went off she just jogged a little bit, waiting for the second gun and the inevitable disqualification, so when they shoot the gun a second time, she was waiting for a red card. it never came, instead a green card was shown to the field signifying a technical difficulty.
now, the fact of the matter is that it was definitly a false start, but imo because the womens 400m being billed as “felix vs. richards-ross” was a bit of a marquee event, she wasn’t disqualified, that’s certainly what it felt like anyway.
this was always going to be a problem with the new false start rule, (people used the “what if bolt false starts in the olympics in the semi’s, what then” example and this is, whilst not as exaggerated, similair) and the officials did not follow through with it. i’m dissapointed to be honest…