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World Athletics announces rule change for long jump

The controversial "final three" format in the long jump could be established in future Olympics and World Athletics Championships through a rule change highlighted on Wednesday with the publication of the latest World Athletics competition and technical rules, 2020 edition.

The format means only the leading three jumpers after five rounds earn a sixth jump, with the best of that final round being proclaimed the winning jump, even if it does not exceed distances set earlier in the competition.

The introduction of the "final three" format at last month's Wanda Diamond League meeting in Stockholm was strongly criticized by the athletics association, the umbrella organisation representing track and field competitors to which the majority of elite performers belong.  

The rule change means that alternative formats can be included in the World Championships and Olympic Games. Previously that was not the case within these two events.

 

 



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