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    Now, there's an idea.. I can see that running my birthday age/quarter mile is becoming more challenging.. I may reduce it to 400 meters.
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    Surfed across "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" today.. thirty something guy flying though the question without resorting to lifelines. I cringed when he hit the $20,000 question.
    Question: "In track and field, Javier Sotomayer broke a barrier which has not been duplicated."
    A. 3 minute mile
    B. 8 foot HJ
    C. 20 foot PV
    D. 30 foot LJ.
    He yammered awhile before exhausting all his life lines.
    Clueless audience guessed about 22-27 % across the board
    50/50 elimination left choice of LJ or HJ
    Called in his equally clueless Plus One backup..
    They dithered about it until the host got restless.. finally correctly chose HJ, reasoning that if someone had jumped 30 feet surely people would have heard about it.
    Won the $20 K, end of show.. to be continued
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    How about this, from Runner's World:

    >>Juan Miguel Echevarria, 19, stole the show at the Diamond League event on Sunday with an absolutely incredible 8.83 meter (28.97 feet) jump, the longest one recorded since 1995.<<

    https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a2...ng-jump-video/

    Who on earth refers to field event distances in feet and decimals of feet? What reader would relate to that?

    Runner's World should stick to running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Who on earth refers to field event distances in feet and decimals of feet? What reader would relate to that?
    Anyone who has to use Google to understand a metric distance. if you google 8.83 meters, the response asks what units you'd like, and if you click on feet you get 28.96982 feet. He rounded it off. As you say . . . no clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Anyone who has to use Google to understand a metric distance. if you google 8.83 meters, the response asks what units you'd like, and if you click on feet you get 28.96982 feet. He rounded it off. As you say . . . no clue.
    Well, the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Weights and Measures of 1862 noted the existing use "for a considerable time" of "the decimal measuring-chain". Given that the original classic 440 yard track is a chain multiple and could easily have been laid out using decimal equipment, you could say it's a reasonable approach if you must persist with the imperial system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Toro View Post
    you could say it's a reasonable approach if you must persist with the imperial system.
    Not when a sport already has a protocol in place to report results!
    I remember a NY Times article that reported a meet in which Carl Lewis ran a 10.00 (back when that was a very significant time). The sentence said, "Lewis's time was ten seconds." That is a succinct and accurate statement, but does not begin to indicate what the sport's fans are expecting from a meet report.
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    And more on decimalization of Imperial marks. National Geographic has an article I read on the plane to day on Science and Sport. Its by Christine Brennan who is knowledgable on international sports and the Olympics, although T&F is not her specialty. I suspect her copy editors got to it, when she discussed Beamon's mark and Powell's world record, describing them as 29 feet 2.36 inches, and 29 feet 4.39 inches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Not when a sport already has a protocol in place to report results!
    I remember a NY Times article that reported a meet in which Carl Lewis ran a 10.00 (back when that was a very significant time). The sentence said, "Lewis's time was ten seconds." That is a succinct and accurate statement, but does not begin to indicate what the sport's fans are expecting from a meet report.
    You mean protocol as in USATF, which has a conversion page, which helpfully provides a decimal example (ex: 6' 3.25") for inputting imperial to metric conversions?

    If the average, non-specialist, innumerate journalist bothered to search for sport specific conversion, they'd likely get to this page, see that decimals are OK and then revert back to whatever conversion workflow they use for plagiarising non-US articles.

    This could be Google or other online calculators as previously suggested or they may rely on the inbuilt automatic converters that I believe are available in some publishing software and which automatically convert and insert relevant text. Decimals for the win!
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    This is from the USATF press release after the first day of the Athletics World Cup:

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    In the last women’s field event final, 8-time USATF champion Kara Winger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) sat in first place in the javelin after five rounds of throws with 60.75m/199-3. <<

    There were only four rounds of throws in the event.

    Press release is linked from front page headline section.
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    The TV screen for day 2 of the World Cup listed a PR of 47.11 for the French intermediate hurdler. Say what?!?
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