What is Omega as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games doing?

 

OPEN WATER SWIMMING

The racers in Open Water Swimming begin together on a pontoon. Each racer has transponders on their wrists so that intermediate times can be measured. These are linked to the Open Water gates that have been installed with antennas. At the finish gate, there are touch-pads, similar to the ones used in the swimming pool, which stop time as soon as a racer touches them. There is also a backup camera system that films the finish of the races in case judges need a frame by frame indication of the result.

 

OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming
OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming

 

OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming
OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming

 

OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming
OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming

 

OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming
OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming

 

OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming
OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming

 

OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming
OMEGA RIO16 Open water swimming

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Alexander, you do such a great job with this post . I look forward to reading it daily. Thank you sir.

  • Thank you for a the detailed photographic description of the equipment used to fairly adjudicate these games and how it is used. Being a fairly competitive sailor and skier I appreciate accurate and fair equipment to determine results. I don’t mean to say people cheat but they will often make misjudge their own performance. Line calling in tennis is best left to an impartial never blinking never distracted machine.

    Love the blog! Guy

  • Though it is being done under Omega brand, the actual timing as well as record-keeping is being done by Swiss Timing, a sister company of Omega.

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