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Double medals for ties?
Last Post 09/26/2013 04:07 PM by Michael Davis. 6 Replies.
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longslowdistance

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09/24/2013 07:16 PM
Evelyn Stevens missed the women's world's TT bronze by 0.04 seconds. Jeez, how accurate are the measurements? This may be within the margin of error. How small a time gap is insignificant? At some point, it's equivalent to a coin toss. Maybe gaps of less than say 0.1 seconds are statistical ties, and it would be more fair to award two bronze medals in this case. Opinions?
Master50

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09/25/2013 09:55 AM
Timing is to 1/1000 of a second and it is accurate to 1/10,000 so .04 is enough for electronic timing. Manual timing error is too close for that resolution.
longslowdistance

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09/25/2013 01:06 PM
Sure, but I mean the relative "value" of the performance. Do you think at some point a difference that can be detected only by an atomic clock is meaningless?
Dale

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09/25/2013 01:18 PM
Regardless of the time difference if a difference can be detected there is no tie
Master50

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09/26/2013 10:13 AM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 09/25/2013 01:06 PM
Sure, but I mean the relative "value" of the performance. Do you think at some point a difference that can be detected only by an atomic clock is meaningless?


If there is a detectable difference yes there is no tie. I wonder what you are saying? if two riders give it all they should both get a medal> it could be like Iron man , all finishers get medals. Whoo Hoo! Having been a time keeper I can tell you it is much better to use atomic clocks than manual timing. to be sure there are less errors this way. I am sure that with stop watches that any two riders finishing within 1 full second might have been cheated by stopwatches and human error.
nightfend

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09/26/2013 01:14 PM
There have been ties before in cycling. I remember a few years back Taylor Phinney tying with another under-23 for a medal. But I think the tie was for a sprint or something. Not sure you can tie in a TT.
Hey There

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09/26/2013 04:07 PM
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