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    This gem is as clueless as it gets:

    >>Kord Ferguson won the men’s shot put (199-00.0) by more than 18 feet. Ferguson also won discus with a meet-record mark of 65-04.0.<<

    https://www.tidesports.com/alabama-t...th-eight-wins/
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    I attended a Middle School meet last weekend. PA announced the winner of the 8th grade boys LJ (18'-6.25") as 18.625 seconds... nobody flinched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
    I attended a Middle School meet last weekend. PA announced the winner of the 8th grade boys LJ (18'-6.25") as 18.625 seconds... nobody flinched.
    This is very common here:

    "Winner of the LJ in 18.6 is . . . "

    or

    "Winner of the 100 in 11 is . . . "

    There is little sense of what these numbers might mean.
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    Another one in the clueless headline writer category. There's a story about 2018 NCAA Heptathlon champion Georgia Ellenwood now linked in the front page headline section. The headline refers to her as George Ellenwood.
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    This is a new one. It's a story in the U. of Florida school newspaper about the men's 4x100 rivalry between the Gators and LSU. The lede sentence reads: Fourteen milliseconds was the difference. He repeatedly thereafter refers to differences of milliseconds between two times. The problem is that milliseconds are thousandths of a second. The actual difference between the times referrred to in the lede sentence is .14, or fourteen hundredths of a second, not thousandths.

    https://www.alligator.org/sports/uf-...4fc0285a3.html
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    "Sprinter Alysia Montaño criticized the company in another New York Times piece on May 12 for failing to ensure maternity leave or pay athletes during pregnancy."

    Ummm... I didn't know Montano was a sprinter...

    https://sports.yahoo.com/allyson-fel...011105472.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN1965 View Post
    Ummm... I didn't know Montano was a sprinter...
    Then you've never seen her first lap in a major meet! It's usually 55. That's haulin'.
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    Then I guess Nick Symmonds would qualify too.

    The Outsports article posted recently to the front page (and referenced in the another thread about a Semenya-related video) described Symmonds as
    Olympic sprinter and renowned LGBTQ ally
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    Recent book I read on the Irish-American Athletic Club – was OK, but the author, who appears to be British / Irish, does not appear to know much about track & field. For the most egregious example, he discusses in the intro how he will list the marks – all from the 1900-1914 era, and all measured Imperially. A typical listing is 38:8:25, which is the style he chose. That equals 38-8¼, or 38’8¼”, in standard nomenclature. Makes it difficult to read, and I have no idea where he came up with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam1729 View Post
    A typical listing is 38:8:25, which is the style he chose. That equals 38-8¼, or 38’8¼”, in standard nomenclature. Makes it difficult to read, and I have no idea where he came up with that.
    Some CAD software uses (or used to use) the colon after the foot element to enter data but I thought the inch/partial were then delineated by a period as you would expect.

    I'm not sure why he would reuse the colon (or any symbol) because, as you note, it's too easy to get confused. Just be greatful he didn't need to use miles:yards:feet:inchesartial, then you'd really be confused!
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