In 2010 Rule 160.1 in the IAAF Competition Rules was changed so that a kerb
is no longer required on the straights of the running track, however, the strict
rules concerning the requirements of a kerb on the bends remained unchanged,
thus emphasizing the unwavering demand of a kerb in both bends of the
So much more astonishing is it that at the highest level of IAAF
competitions, The Diamond League, the kerb is missing, as can be seen on the
attached photo from Stockholm 2011. Accordingly all results from this event,
achieved in races longer than 110m, should not be recognised officially and
therefore be deleted.
What has happened to the education and responsibility of the Technical
Delegates and the ITO´s ?
As for the above mentioned change it must be assumed that it has been
preceeded by some serious considerations also including the unchanged part of
Rule 160.1. However it appears that the considerations hasn´t gone beyound that,
as there are no rules dealing with the situation where a runner is passing other
runners by running inside on the grass along the straight.
When asking a member of the IAAF Technical Committee about this, and at the
same time suggesting that it should be possible to remove the kerb also on the
bends, I received the following reply:
"On curves the situation is clear. Looking at
Rules 163.3 and 163.4 we can see that going to the infield on a curve leads to
disqualification (unless there was some pushing or things like that). But on the
straight it is not forbidden, at least not in the rule text. Remember Bram Som
in the 800m final in ECH 2006 in Göteborg! We should have a clear interpretation
somewhere (because people keep on asking), but unfortunately we don’t have
I agree that the possibility of removing the
whole kerb and using only cones around the track should be discussed."
So much for this, but for 2011 and henceforward the rule about the kerb on
the bends must be abided by.