“The marathon syndrome” - my first in a long time article on refereeing in armwrestling, more are to come. The issue is vital – read on! ()
Imagine a marathon run. The organizers have made a mistake and the route is longer than standard. Instead of 42,195 [forty-two kilometers and one hundred ninety five meters], we have 42,5 km. Would the competitors fall down on the ground exactly where the finish line should be? No! They will go on and reach the wrongly marked finish line. Only then will they find out what happened.
Now, let's imagine a different scenario. A marathon runner has finished a run at the right distance, crossed the finish line and is enjoying his score.
And then, a referee approaches and says “Hold on, there's been a mistake, the finish line is some three hundred meters farther away, you have to go there to win”.
Do you see what I mean?
A sportsman is capable of outdoing themselves, breaking all limits! But the bigger the effort, the lesser – after it's over – the motivation, because the body goes into rest mode.
It's easier to break one's barriers when we are still going one, than when we think we are already finished.
I am talking here about the situation that occurred at this year's Professionals' World Cup, in the left-hand women finals, 65 kg category.
But I don't want to revisit that situation, what's done is done.
My only goal here is to suggest a solution, so that situations like that never happen again.
What happened was that in the final fight one competitor has won and one has lost.
Now please, pay attention!
The speaker announces loud and clear that one competitor has won. She leaves the table. She has no reason or obligation to remain at the hall at this time. She has an hour to prepare for the awards ceremony.