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Jason's Tired Arm Refereeing
Posted By: Frank Beeler
Date: Saturday, 13 January 2007, at 11:06 p.m.
Just got home from the Nor Cal Winter Classic in Napa, CA. Jason Burnell and his cohorts put on a first class meet as usual, but there is one refereeing incident I must report on (LOL).
I was going for my third attempt in the bench press (601 lbs.) and Jason was one of the side judges. I get the hand-off from Mike Womack, he steps back and I await the “Start” command. Then I wait some more, there is still no start command. It races through my mind – did he say “start” and I didn’t hear it?, was I out of position?, (quick mental inventory showed everything was in it’s proper place), but no signal. Finally after what seemed like an eternity holding up 601 lbs., (looking at the video it was about 5 seconds) I figure maybe I got the Start command and didn’t hear it. So I go ahead and lower the bar to the chest, get the press command and come within ˝ inch of locking it out. So, what happened…?
Jason thought he had lowered his hand to allow the head judge to give the start command, but Jason rested his tired arm on the plate tree next to him, leaving his arm in an elevated position. The head judge was waiting for Jason to give the okay by lowering his arm…
So it was quite an odd and comical situation, but everyone was understanding and they gave me another attempt (which I missed anyway).
P.S. Steven Green – where were you, thought you were going to be there, hope everything is okay.
Dave Cummerow – great job today and thanks to you and Mike for your help.
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