World records

John,

In regard to defining the exact conditions under which world records took place,
we have a language problem. The term FLYING START has caused some
misunderstandings. In my discussions in the last few days it has been used in
three senses.

  1. Rider starts moving before the gun goes off – “jumping the gun”?
  2. Rider accelerates from an undefined distance before the start line.
  3. Rider starts moving at 3-2-1 GO, rather than the Japanese traditional 1-2-3
    GO.

Interesting. The lexiographer in me awakens :slight_smile:

When I wrote about the women’s world record not counting I meant FLYING-1. When
you refer to Peter’s record I assume you mean FLYING-2? When Takashi Miki (you
met him at 1979 NUM?) says that the records book I sent you contains some flying
starts he means FLYING-3. Confusing, to say the least.

As far as I can tell, FLYING-3 is Takashi’s private use, which confused me and
Seikoi Hirai. After consulting Kato’s father it has become clear that standard
use in Japan is FLYING-1. We do NOT have competitions under FLYING-2 conditions.
FLYING-3 is not a real flying start and makes no difference. We switched to
3-2-1 GO last year, but that shouldn’t make any difference, right? It’s still a
STANDSTILL start, isn’t it?

I don’t have the rules handy now (I’m on a train), but do we should define the
term unambiguously. How is it used in the rule book, and does that agree with
standard usage in English?

Anyway, don’t worry about the Japanese Record book produced by Chiba-san from
Hokkaido. There are no flying starts in senses 1 or 2.

Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President

P.S. Kato’s father says Yuichiro did WW in Quebec in 7 seconds or so, not the 8
you mention.