Track's New Standard Of Loud
Bernard Lagat knows about the unique atmosphere of The Armory, where the volume from a few hundred can sound like a thousand.
In 2011, he broke the American indoor two-mile record and couldn't stop bringing up the crowd. "This was like a college setting. It was fantastic," he told ArmoryTrack.com. "The college athletes were going crazy in the stands."
Of course, on the East Coast the noise of the savvy crowd at The Armory can only be rivaled by the Penn Relays.
In 2010, with a record numbers were on hand to watch Usain Bolt, the fans were so loud when Bolt simply strolled onto the infield, Miki Barber thought the President had walked in. Barber's sister, Lisa, said she could no longer hear the music in her headphones.
Oh, the anecdotes. But the folks in London, they have evidence. On Saturday the IAAF produced the finish-line photo of the men's 5,000-meter run won by magnificent Mo Farah of the host nation.
Wrote Simon Hart of the Telegraph:
"[The photo] shows clearly how the noise was so intense that it caused interference with the equipment supplied by the official time-keeper, Omega, turning the lane markings into wavy lines.
Such distortion is believed to be unprecedented at an athletics meeting and it meant that Omega had to use a photo image taken from another camera placed on the in-field as a back-up."
Hart cited researchers who estimated the noise rose as high as 140 decibels during the race. That's the same level as a jet taking flight.
Farah, who will be competing at the Diamond League meet in Birmingham, England, on Sunday said, "I’ve never experienced anything like it in my entire career, and I don’t think I will experience anything like it again."
We say, come to The Armory for the Millrose Games, Mo. We'll give it our best shot!