I wrote up my findings and submitted a whole string of sample sequences for the latest issue of Cameracraft magazine. One of the sequences had the camera successfully track a pole vaulter even though the athlete was partially obscured for a few shots (some samples from that sequence appear above). This prompted David Kilpatrick, the magazine's editor, to proclaim, "[T]he sequence is very impressive as I’m not sure any camera I use now (A6500, A7RIII, Olympus) would hold focus on the subject in these circumstances."
But, I found a problem. Which I'll relate to you in a bit.