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A furlong is a traditional measure of distance originating in Anglo-Saxon England within Imperial units and US customary units Although its definition has varied historically in modern terms it equals 40 rods poles or perches which is exactly 10 chains 220 yards 660 feet or 18 of a statute mile One furlong is exactly 201168 meters so a 200-meter dash covers a distance very close to a furlong Coincidentally 5 furlongs is 100584 meters exactly and is therefore approximately 1 kilometer The name furlong derives from the Old English words furh furrow and lang long The word furlong from the Old English fuhrlang means the length of a furrow and refers to the length of a furrow in the common field characteristic of medieval farming it represents the distance a team of oxen could plow without needing a rest It originally referred to the length of the furrow in one acre of a ploughed open field a medieval communal field which was divided into strips The system of long furrows arose because turning a team of oxen pulling a heavy plough was difficult This offset the drainage advantages of short furrows and meant furrows were made as long as possible For this reason it was once also called an acres length Distances for thoroughbred horse races in the United Kingdom Ireland and the United States are given alternately in miles and furlongs but the unit is otherwise no longer in common use --and even in that discipline its usage is confined mainly to denoting distances of less than one mile Long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 Saxon farmers in England were measuring distance in rods and furlongs and areas in acres Its official use was abolished in the United Kingdom under the Weights and Measures Act 1985 which also abolished from official use many other traditional units of measurement
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