\" \" There's an idea baked into track and field culture that the middle lanes are the best ones to have. It was conventional wisdom that the middle lanes — lanes three through six — were the best. The reasoning for why inside lanes are bad is that in races with turns, the inside lanes are slower because the corners are too tight. \" Tori Bowie (left), first place, competes in the women's 200-meter final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesAdvertisementNot All Lanes Are the SameIn most races, the fastest runners are assigned to the middle lanes in accordance with the competition rules.