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World Athletics unveils 'take-off zone' trial to revolutionize long jump measurements

Posted : 21 February 2024

In a bid to revolutionize long jump measurements, World Athletics unveils plans for a trial involving a new method called the "take-off zone," potentially replacing the traditional wooden board.


Under this trial, athletes' take-offs will be gauged from a designated zone rather than the conventional board, aiming to minimize the frequency of nullified jumps caused by overstepping.


Jon Ridgeon, CEO of World Athletics, champions the innovation, highlighting its potential to heighten competition drama by ensuring every jump is crucial.


Ridgeon emphasizes the necessity of refining processes in athletics, including swift result announcements and enhanced spectator engagement, amid discussions about changes within the sport's landscape, drawing attention to plans for a new global event in non-championship years.


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