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Gap between the 'R of the Ready' and the 'B of the bang' can be the difference between first and fifth.

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Champion sprinter Linford Christie once said that he started races 'on the B of the bang', but research from Oxford and Utrecht universities says the pause before the bang could also make the difference between success and failure. Their results are published on 28 October in the open access journal Frontiers in Psychology.

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