# Discussion: 5m = 1 second?

Feb 13, 2023 3:10 AM
At finish sprint speed?
Feb 13, 2023 3:24 AM
Given the closeness of international sprints, it could have a bearing on the result. Unlike a KO sprint where it's first across the line (and times are adjusted to fit), what recourse does an athlete have if they're 'cheated' out of a second by technology which clearly isn't fit for purpose? It was certainly an eye opening test.
Feb 13, 2023 6:09 AM
undy:
Bit over 5m in the worst case I reckon.
Obviously not for you Oing.

I asked ChatGPT how long 5 seconds was at 5 minutes/km. It is pretty hopeless, would not be a star in year 6 maths:

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How many seconds would it take to run 5 metres at a pace of 5 minutes/km
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At a pace of 5 minutes per kilometer, it would take you 5 minutes or 300 seconds to run 1 kilometer. To run 5 meters at that pace, you would need to multiply the time it takes to run 1 kilometer by the fraction of a kilometer that 5 meters represents.

5 meters is 1/1000th of a kilometer, so the time it would take to run 5 meters at a pace of 5 minutes per kilometer would be:

300 seconds * (5 meters / 1000 meters) = 15 seconds

So it would take you approximately 15 seconds to run 5 meters at a pace of 5 minutes per kilometer.
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5 meters is not 1/1000th of a kilometre
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My apologies, you are correct. 5 meters is not 1/1000th of a kilometer. 5 meters is 0.005 kilometers.

To find the time it would take to run 5 meters at a pace of 5 minutes per kilometer, you can divide the distance you want to run (5 meters) by the pace you want to run it at (5 minutes per kilometer).

In this case, it would take:

(5 meters) / (5 minutes / kilometer) = (5 meters) * (1 kilometer / 5 minutes)

To convert minutes to seconds, multiply by 60:

(5 meters) * (1 kilometer / 5 minutes) * (60 seconds/minute) = (5 meters) * (12 seconds/meter)

So it would take approximately 60 seconds to run 5 meters at a pace of 5 minutes per kilometer.
Feb 17, 2023 2:44 AM
By 5m, do you mean that some sticks register a finish 5m closer to the finish than others? I think IOF would potentially be interested in those results, too.
Feb 17, 2023 5:01 AM
undy:
That is correct, but it is possible (likely in fact) that they are set in the wrong mode. There is a mode that causes the stick to record the time as soon as it gets a signal and a mode that causes the stick to record the time at the point where the signal was strongest.

Further testing to come, so don't panic yet :)

[But this would explain the weird results at Aus Champs 2019 if it was in the wrong mode]