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Ricketts slams new jumps technology | Sports


National jumps coach Kerry Lee Ricketts says that the new technology to judge foul jumps is the latest example of unnecessary changes to the discipline on the international stage.

Athletes have voiced their opinions on the new technology for the long and triple jump events, which was first introduced at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, last month. The equipment replaced the traditional use of plasticine to determine if any part of the athlete’s foot broke the vertical plane of the take-off line. For each attempt, a red or green light is flashed depending on whether it was a foul.

However, there have been concerns regarding the technology with athletes at the championships shown to have made a legal jump but the sensor is registering a no jump call.

Ricketts, who coaches 2019 World Athletics Championship triple jump silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts, says that recent experimentation with the jumps is too much.

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