Why there are so many ties in swimming

Timothy Burke has an interesting post on Deadspin that explains why there are so many ties in swimming contests. The swimmers’ times are deliberately not measured to the next decimal point (thousands of a second) due to the relative tolerance of concrete pool lengths and lanes, which are more than a factor of ten greater. So we could measure times more accurately, but the distance each swimmer travels can vary in a way that has a far greater impact.

Author: Matthew Culnane

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