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Did Linford Christie deliberately false start in the 100m final in Atlanta Christies impressive title collection includes an Olympic World Championship 3 European Championship 3 Commonwealth 10 European cup and 4 World cup medals Sadly this successful career ended in disqualification at Atlanta 1996 Some cynics believe Christie deliberately false-started so he wouldnt have to finish his race and career without a medal The starter intentionally prolonged the time spent in the starting blocks by the athletes therefore this would have shown excellent judgement on Christies behalf to start when he did Starting blocks contain pressure sensors that detect the force exerted by the runners feet When the runner leaves the blocks the exerted force increases sharply allowing false-starts to be detected After rigorous evaluation of reaction times by athletic officials a minimum time at which an athlete could leave the starting blocks without gaining an unfair advantage was reached If it is faster than 01seconds after the computer operated gun fires it is presumed to be a false-start This meant that those athletes predicting the gun would not gain unfair advantage but also those with fast reaction time would trigger a false-start Christie left the blocks in 0086secs During round 12 and 3 his times leaving the blocks were 016 0134 and 0125seconds respectively When later questioned his response was Who is to determine how fast a person reacts They make a figure but who is to say Despite Christies concern about finishing his successful career without a medal I dont believe he deliberately false-started twice I think he may have false-started once to mentally effect his opposition and giving him the upper hand He used his mind to over power those with fragile psyches But after his long preparation for the Games I dont believe the second false-start was intentional Given the intense atmosphere and surrounding environmental stimulus it is easy to see how a false-start can
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