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Old August 28th 03, 08:22 AM
Tim Downie
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A quick question. Why is 1500m known as the metric mile? Surely 1600m
would be much closer (and possibly more logical)?

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Old August 29th 03, 01:13 AM
Andrew Grenfell
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"Tim Downie" wrote in message ...
A quick question. Why is 1500m known as the metric mile? Surely 1600m
would be much closer (and possibly more logical)?

Tim


I think 1500m became the common distance simply because it is a round
metric distance - i.e 1.5 km. Just like 5 km and 10km are. You'll
probably then ask, well why the 400m and 800m, why not 500m and 1000m?
I think this is just because it is more convenient when using a 400m
track to do a whole number of laps i.e 1 or 2. Yes, 3k and 5k might
not be a whole number of laps, but it doesn't need to be as neat when
you have to run so many laps to start with. Besides, everybody was
familiar with the half and quarter mile. The next question is, then
why not use a 500m track? This was just because people were use to the
old quarter of a mile tracks, and it was simpler to convert them using
the same site.
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Old August 29th 03, 05:13 PM
Solare
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Besides, everybody was
familiar with the half and quarter mile.


Everybody in US and in UK, or maybe in India and in other colonies, but not
in the rest of the world.



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Old September 4th 03, 08:27 PM
Solare
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There wasn't any part of the world which wasn't in the Empire. At least,
none worth talking about.



the Empire?
which one? ))




 




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