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ATHLETICS : Sprinters given second chance; UPDATE.

THE world's fastest runners were given a reprieve last night after athletics chiefs decided against a proposed rule change that would have disqualified sprinters and hurdlers after their first false start.

Instead, the International Amateur Athletic Federation Council, whose recommendations are usually accepted by the decision-making IAAF Congress, suggested allowing one false start before disqualifying anyone who then jumps the gun.

Currently, a runner is kicked out after his second false start but the change was mooted to stop fans from becoming bored and to speed up TV broadcasts.

The council suggested waiting until 2003 to introduce the rule, which would apply to races of 400 metres and shorter.

Olympic 100metres champions Maurice Greene and Marion Jones were among dozens of athletes who signed a petition opposing the proposed false-start rule change.

Jones had earlier said: "We're in the blocks and if we happen to fall out, we're dead."

JUDO: John Buchanan is still shocked by his bronze medal at the world championships in Munich.

The Scot lost his opening bout but battled through the repechage. He said: "It's a dream come true."

SNOOKER: Euan Henderson beat England's John Read 5-3 in the second qualifying round of the LG Cup at Newport but fellow-Scot Hugh Abernethy lost 5-2 to Rob McLeod.

BOXING: Scot Derrick McCafferty will meet Audley Harrison in Newcastle on September 22. The fight should have taken place last month but Harrison pulled out injured.

BOWLS: Scotland went down 6-2 in the final test against Australia's Commonwealth Games squad for an overall 4-1 series defeat in Eddlewood.

TABLE TENNIS: The Scottish junior boys finished 26th at the European Youth Championships in Italy.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 1, 2001
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