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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 August 2005, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
IAAF keeps one false-start rule
Jon Drummond of the USA lies on the track in protest after being disqualified for a false start during the quarter final of the men's 100m at the World Championships in 2003.
Jon Drummond protested after disqualification at the 2003 Worlds
The International Association of Athletics Federations has decided to retain its one false-start rule for the next two years.

It had been proposed that the IAAF would sanction instant disqualification for any athlete that false started.

But president Lamine Diack withdrew the plan from consideration after pressure from several countries.

"It's great. I like the way it is now - you have to have room for error," said Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin.

Critics of the current system - which allows one false start and disqualifies the perpetrator of any subsequent indiscretion - said it encouraged some to deliberately false start once to unsettle opponents.

"There is a certain amount of gamesmanship in the sprints and not allowing any false start eliminates that," said former sprinter Frank Fredericks, who is on the athlete's commission.

The issue will be taken up again at the next IAAF Congress in Japan in 2007.

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