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This article is almost definitely a hoax, with the only available pertinent resource being a book which is only found on Amazon with no cover for exactly $100. Gurrag (talk) 14:30, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

Hmm. There's multiple books by Philip Francis Harwood, and this article from 2001 mentions the balbis in terms of a 'finish line' structure... DS (talk) 12:49, 5 July 2012 (UTC)
I found a lot more references to balbis as runners' start in ancient Olympics [1][2][3] though none as a geometric figure, and none as a throwing area. Nikola (talk) 06:18, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Contested PROD explanation[edit]

I am contesting the Proposed Deletion ("Can't verify beyond the one source. No other hits on Google Books."). There seems no doubt that balbis is indeed the name of a structure used in ancient Greek races [4] [5] [6], and that there is a book from 1971 describing the geometrical figure that the balbis may have formed [7]. There is clearly enough for an article using this material. Deltahedron (talk) 07:39, 6 February 2013 (UTC)