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Why all the swimming ties in the Olympics

As the Olympics are all about reaching peak physical potential, it shouldn’t surprise that a lot of races are close, but there’s been a good number of ties this year. The measurement system allows for precision up to the millionth of a second. So what gives? Timothy Burke for Deadspin provides the explanation. In a 50 meter Olympic pool, at the current men’s world record 50m pace, a thousandth-of-a-second constitutes...

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