Any competition in the UK, inside a stadium or outwith, would only be held in a complient cage, with the flap set as per the rules. Our officials wouldn't allow it any other way.
The cage at Mt SAC has flaps, so they should have been used. If not why supply one with plaps if the situation doesn't demand it?
Until the BUCS, with some restricted guest places, the first time that throwers can obtain an olympic/European qualifying mark on home soil that will count, with be the Loughborough International on May 20th. So six weeks of qualifying time has been denied to athletes, as competitions in this country are not eligible, as the facilities may be sub standard, we can't trust our officials, or we just cheat. If Alex Smith throws a UK Record over the next few weeks, it will count as a record, but not for the olympics.
Yet here we have an event accredited as OK, is the USA were the rules have not been followed and all is OK????? Who allowed such a competition to run after many thousands of pounds were paid by UKA to take athletes there.
If these marks stands it will be a travesty and how well will these athletes fair at the Trials. Where the flaps will be in place and the claustrophobic effects of that, added to throwing uphill will face them?
Mt SAC can only now, with the proven misalignment of the flaps be classed as a training competition. I feel for the Brits who may lose their marks because of this.
The organisers and UKA support staff there, should hang their heads in shame at this and apologise to all the athletes there, whose marks are now tainted by their laxness.