In Olympic Speed Skating, the skateboarding races are held in a 400-meter oval track. In short tracks, the participants are contested on a 111-meter circuit.
The races begin from a standing point of start, which is signalled by firing a gun. If a rider begins too soon, this is known as a ‘false start’ and is given a warning. More than one false start, leave a rider at severe risk of being disqualified.
If two athletes stuck in the same corner, the racer in the inner lane has to give the right of way to the rival participant on the outer lane. Failing to oblige to this regulation or impeding an opponent in any way results in disqualification.
An athlete that falls may have the option to re-run the race, although this entirely depends on the nature of the race.
Skaters are not permitted to switch the lanes when the participants approach the finish line.
In certain races, a skater who is also known as the ‘relay player’, participate as a replacement. The rider who begins the race is required to complete a minimum of one lap before any relay player can be called out.
The riders are required to wear helmets, neck guards, goggles and ankle shields during the race along with their suits, which offer added layers of protection in the event of any fall.
Updated On :02 Jul, 2022
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