The new rules on false starts in track & field has it's biggest victim. The fans. At the 100 meter finals (the signature event at any track meet) the defending Olympic champion & biggest star false started.
False starts have always been a problem. It's the pressure of getting out quickly, especially on a race that lasts 10 seconds. But the IAFF did something stupid. The old rule was the first false start would be charged to the field, & the next would be a dq for the offending athlete. Made sense. But the new rule is first false start-you're out.
As the announcers said, you knew this was eventually going to happen. At some meet a big name was going to do this, & the new rule would ruin the event. Well, congratulations idiots. You threw out the biggest star in the entire sport with a rule change that guarantees that the winner will not be considered a real champion.
I'm no psychic, but I can just about guarantee that this rule will be changed before the London Olympics. It's overkill. Hey why don't we do this in racing? Can you see the pole sitter in a race, whether it's NASCAR, IndyCar or F1 being kicked out for speeding up to fast at the start? (OK I know F1 does standing starts but still)