Walking or running?

Hi guys, found this on ‘what constitutes walking in the Olympics’ which might help clarify things.

RULE 230 of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rulebook is not common knowledge to most fans watching the Olympics, but it is likely to be among the most frequently invoked regulation of this Olympiad. Paragraph two of the laws of race walking define the sport as “a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground, so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs”. But try walking at any pace and you quickly realise that keeping one foot in touch with the ground is easier said than done. Competitors who break this rule are first cautioned, then eventually disqualified if they repeatedly infringe it. The problem is that humans are fallible; our eyesight can fail us. One 2013 study found that judges in controlled conditions only picked up 57% of all illegal steps made.

Also … ” the athlete’s back toe cannot leave the ground until the heel of the front foot has touched. Violation of this rule is known as loss of contact.”

10 thoughts on “Walking or running?

  1. Even the professional judges can’t get it right. The poor ref at the walking football has a lot more to look out for than running. It’s easy when you’re spectating to spot a run, thats all you’re looking for, and let’s face it, when someone runs, it’s a short burst. I’m not condoning running, I’m just saying that when you’re reffing, it’s bloody hard to spot.

  2. At least everyone knows that one foot must always be in contact with the ground so will just have to try their hardest. I agree it’s very tough to decide if someone is running of not, we’ll maybe just have to shackle everyone’s feet!! 😂😂😂

  3. I think it’s about time we ALL took our turn of refereeing. The biggest “problem” refereeing has is that it’s based on your opinion. From the highest level to walking football the whole game pivots on what the referee perceives as the Laws of the game. Some are easy to impose, others are based on experience and opinion. Our opinions will always differ but there is only one persons opinion that matters within the game. Hopefully someday we can gain some assistance from some official videos about what constitutes a run in walking football.

    But bear in mind that in a competition a referee can sin bin you for running…..

  4. I don’t have to worry about running but it’s fun to watch. Was a great night last night really enjoyed myself can’t get a better bunch of people.

  5. I would just like to add that speed is irrelevant, it really is about the action. One foot on the ground at all times. I’m also adding this comment to show that any comments made here will appear on the website (within the hour).

  6. At my age I would be delighted to be accused of running 🏃 Good games again last night apart from bouncing off Brick wall Cargill ⚽👍😄

  7. I agree with Mike on this one – it is down to the referee to decide if someone is running 🏃 or 🚶- once the decision is made it should be accepted & in our clubs case we do accept the refs decision (with a bit o banter thrown in for good measure) – I also agree with Pete’s comments about last night some quality fitba played in a great spirit 👍

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