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If everyone can't truly win the competition, it isn't a sport. Judged events fail that mark.



What about the sports (let's take 100m hurdles, for instance), where your chance of winning, or even finishing, can depend a great deal on your lane assignment, and how the person in the next lane performs (say like when that person falls and trips you). Is that a sport?

Or is it okay in a sport to have your results affected by the bad performance of someone else, as long as that someone else isn't a judge?


David
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