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Draw for Lanes - Is it time for a change?

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1 Draw for Lanes - Is it time for a change? on Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:42 am


Just looking at the heat draw for the 2013 New year Sprint in Scotland and got me thinking about the way we draw heats in Australia.

In Scotland it is totally random and the backmarker could be anywhere in the lanes. The event frontmarker could be along side the event backmarker - just depends on how it comes out.

Up until the late 70's the final of the Stawell Gift was based on what semi an athlete won. In 1975 Ravelo ran off scratch and was in the middle of the field. There's a line from the commentator where at one stage he says: "Ravelo - look at him coming through the middle"...

I don't think that a random draw or basing it on a semi/heat result are the way to go, but I wonder if we could try putting the backmarker in the middle and then work them out towards the fringes?

Similar to the amateurs I guess where the fastest athletes are seeded in the middle of the field.


1 Black
2 Yellow
3 Blue
4 Red
5 White
6 Green

Often the backmarker doesn't come into view until he/she has passed a few runners. Might make it a little easier to pick them up.

The final of Sacred Heart might have looked like this -

Lane - Colour - Athlete
1 Black - L Buchanan 13.00
2 Yellow - T Sanderson-Milera 7.50
3 Blue - A Saliu 6.75
4 Red - C Watkins 3.75
5 White - A Bubner 5.00
6 Green - R Hancock 9.25

Be an interesting exercise to try it for a one off race at a meeting somewhere......

By the way, why were the lanes at Sacred Heart in reverse colour order? The red lane was on the right hand side of the track when normally it is on the left?

"Let's Go While We're Young"

2 Re: Draw for Lanes - Is it time for a change? on Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:53 am


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Sounds like a good idea to me PCY. Another point is surely it would be better for the back markers to be in the middle. With them starting behind being an obvious disadvantage, this may just make it a bit easier for them to pull off the win.

I just hope they even out the bumps for the 120m at the bay sheff this year.. it is always unfortunate to see 2 out of the 6 lanes have a little dip 20m out from the line.

3 race lanes on Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:22 am


late 1960's i ran northcote 100 final i remember being middle of track runners either side staggered handicap so is not new idea also there were 10 starters in final

early 60;s i remember red runner backmarker ''nsw'' was given choice which side of track to run from for day

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