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Fifteen Second Starts on World Cup?

Fifteen second interval starts will likely be used in cross-country world cup events in the 2002/2003 season says FIS director Bengt Erik Bengtsson.

The reason is to speed up the events as well as get the red group to start earlier. The red group, consisting of the top 30 racers in the overall world cup standings, normally starts last and it may take as much 30 to 40 minutes from the start of the race until the red group starts.

The final decision on this matter will taken on the FIS congress in early June 2002. Start intervals of 30 seconds are more common in the current format.

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