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IAAF to introduce new false-start rule in 2010

The world's governing body of athletics adopted a new false-start rule on Wednesday, which will disqualify any runner who jumps the gun.

The world's governing body of athletics adopted a new false-start rule on Wednesday, which will disqualify any runner who jumps the gun.

Currently, the second runner to commit a false start is thrown out, regardless of who committed the first foul.

Under the new rule, anyone who jumps the gun is automatically out of the race. The new rule will be implemented next year.

The change was backed by the executive council of the International Association of Athletics Federations. Its president, Lamine Diack, said 2010 was the ideal time to introduce the change since there are no major competitions scheduled.

"We need to change it next year because everyone will have ample time to change by the time of Daegu," Diack said, referring to the South Korean city where the next world championships will be held in 2011.

This year's world championships, which start Saturday, will still operate under the old rule.

The proposal for the new rule was put forward by the IAAF in March.

"Many athletes were playing mind games with the others, but under the new rule, that would not be possible," Jorge Salcedo, head of the IAAF's technical commission, said at the time.

With files from The Associated Press