Hanson Media Group has a story on the new swimming blocks at the AIS here in Canberra:
- “Australian swimmers can now adapt to the new technology which will become the status quo for all international swimming events in the future,” Professor Fricker said.
The most significant development in the new starting block is an adjustable slanted footrest, allowing swimmers to use a crouch start with the rear leg at a 90 degree angle at the knee.
Power generated from this new position will allow athletes to gain more propulsion through the air.
The blocks also boast a false start detection system and acoustic start devices so each competitor hears the start signal at the exact same moment.
Anything to keep the world records rolling one supposes.