The IAAF rule guidance clearly states that guidance can be sought front he IAAF or national bodies. Do you know whether Mt Sac had received guidance to say that if spectators were all behind the cage then the flaps need not be deployed. Of course you don't you are just making an assumption idiocy on behalf of the event organisers in orde to decry performances and attack the fact UKA sent some athletes ou there.
Please feel free to get in touch with the IAAF or USATF and find out whether the gates need to be deployed in this specific circumstance. Until then as far as I can see the marks are perfectly legal and rather than trying desperately to find a reason to discount them we should be congratulating two athletes on excellent performances.
I agree theree is a debate to be had about foreign competition counting, but we've had it before. However unless this event has actually broken a rule, which it seems from your post from the IAAF it hasn't, then it is really pretty irrelevant to this thread. You know that I stand behind the limitation of qualifying events, although I would like to see regional league and county events includ on the qualifying list so long as officials are qualified to the required standars, as without it a thrower could "compete" every night at their club and only have to land one throw out of thousands and qualify for a champs. However as I say I do to think that the cage use at Mt Sac has any bearing on this discussion.
can anybody confirm for me how much sector beyond 50m. Is lost by having the gate in the position specified. Because from the description it sounds like absolutely none of it would be ut it is hard to build the picture simply from words.