The Olympics are providing a much-needed distraction from everything going on right now. And we've very much here for it.
Listen to this episode of Mamamia Out Loud, where Holly, Mia and Jessie recap of some of the weirder side of the Olympic games. Post continues after podcast.
But as some of the early athletics events get underway, we've started to ask ourselves some questions.
Like what happens when an athlete knocks over a hurdle? And doesn't wearing jewellery during the 100m sprint slow you down??
Instead of pondering them to ourselves for the next week, we decided to answer them for you.
Here are six things you've probably always wondered about athletics.
1. What's the go with false starts?
False starts are a big no-no at the Olympics.
Under the current rules, if an athlete jumps the guns and false starts they are automatically disqualified. There are no second chances.
But this didn't always used to be the case.
Before 2010, a false start would simply result in a warning for the entire field. Then, if a second false start occurred, the athlete who jumped the gun would be disqualified.
This was a little problematic because it meant that one athlete could false start and everyone would receive a warning. But a second and completely different athlete who false started would instantly be disqualified.
As a result, it's been speculated some runners could use the rule to their advantage and purposely jump the gun to distract other faster runners.
This reason, plus the fact that false starts lead to scheduling issues, led to the rule being changed.
2. Are athletes allowed to knock over a hurdle and keep going?
Yes, they are (as long as it's not intentional).
If athletes intentionally knock over hurdles, they will be disqualified. But if they accidentally send one tumbling to the ground, they're allowed to keep racing.
Obviously, it's not in the athlete's best interest to hit one though.
For one, knocking over a hurdle can cause an athlete to lose momentum and slow down. And two, it may cause the athlete to fall over with it.