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PROTRACK » GENERAL » TAL Judges sure they got it right in Burnie final

TAL Judges sure they got it right in Burnie final

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Judges juggle footage

The Advocate
03 Jan, 2012

BURNIE Athletics Club chief judge Joe Vaszocz believes if the finish of Sunday night's Gift had occurred 15 years ago, it would have been called a dead heat.

Tasked with the job of determining who out of ACT runner and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brendan Cole and local sprinter Eddie Gates had crossed the line first, with Cole eventually deemed the winner by three one thousandths of a second, Vaszocz admitted it was the closet final he had overseen in over 20 years in the role.

"We were fully aware people were awaiting the result, but with so much money and prestige on the line, we wanted to make sure we got it right," he said yesterday.

"After consulting with my fellow judges, whose opinions I get straight away, there was some division over who had won, so that's when we viewed the two photo finish cameras and the automatic timer.

"There are cameras on either side of the finish gates and once we had viewed the finish from both angles, we were able to make a decision.

"It was desperately close but luckily for Cole, he had the perfect finish and got it 100% right, whereas Eddie got it 99.9% right."

Vaszocz said with technology now allowing judges to view footage within thousandths of a second, gone were the days of re- running races.

"Driving home, I remember thinking to myself, the days of dead heats are probably gone," he said.

"15 years ago, this race would have been called a dead heat but due to the technology we now have available to us, it's possible to determine the narrowest of margins."

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