What Is The Open Water Gate And Tent On The Olympic Marathon Swim Course?

What Is The Open Water Gate And Tent On The Olympic Marathon Swim Course?

Omega Timing is the official timing company of the International Olympic Committee. Over the last several generations, Omega has come up with numerous innovations.

At the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Odaiba Marine Park at the Tokyo Olympics, a floating tent was placed on the course. The equipment within the tent is able to pick up the real-time data (placing, timing and distance) from the wrist transponders on the athletes.

Omega explains, “For distance events, our Open Water Gate is set up at the beginning and the end of the race and in intermediate positions, making it possible for times to be measured, recorded, and displayed throughout the race. The gate positioned at the finish has touchpads with vertical transponder antennas while the ones in the intermediate positions have horizontal transponder antennas that pick up the signals “on the fly” from the transponders the swimmers wear on their wrists. High-definition cameras mounted on poles that serve as a reliable backup system and are also used when athletes are too close in time and cannot be ranked by the transponder system alone.”

Over the years, Omega has developed other equipment to measure athletes’ performances in order to meet the needs of the competition with the introduction of new and improved timekeeping and data handling technology:

– independent, portable, water-resistant photoelectric cell in the 1948 London Olympics

– race finish recording photo finish camera with timer for the 1952 Helsinki Olympics

– Omegascope to display the time of each competitor on a TV screen in 1961

– touch pads for swimming competitions that react to the hand touch of swimmers that do not react to water splashes in 1962

– electronic timing at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics

– high-speed video camera for swimming at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

– electronic starting gun to replace start pistols at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

– Quantum Timer with higher resolution and precision at the 2012 London Olympics

– Open Water Gate with transponder technology and high-definition cameras to provide split times at the 2012 London Olympics

– starting blocks that measure athletes’ reaction times by measuring the force against the block and not movement at the 2012 London Olympics

Marathon swim finish gate and area in Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay
Omega finish touchpads with Ana Marcela Cunha winning gold in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
Open Water Gate that captures split times during 10 km marathon swim in Tokyo Bay

Listen today to part 2 of the play-by-play commentary by Sid Cassidy and Steven Munatones during the 2.5-hour WOWSA livecast starting at 5:00 pm EST (6:00 am Tokyo time) for the men’s Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results:

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil, 29) 1:59:30.90
2. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands, 27) 1:59:31.70
3. Kareena Lee (Australia, 27) 1:59:32.50
4. Anna Olasz (Hungary, 27) 1:59:34.80
5. Leonie Beck (Germany, 24) 1:59:35.10
6. Haley Anderson (USA, 29) 1:59:36.90
7. Ashley Twichell (USA, 32) 1:59:37.90
8. Xin Xin (China, 24) 2:00:10.10
9. Lara Grangeon de Villele (France, 29) 2:00:57.0
10. Finnia Wunram (Germany, 25) 2:01:01.90
11. Samantha Arévalo (Ecuador, 26) 2:01:30.60
12. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina, 36) 2:01:31.70
13. Yumi Kida (Japan, 36) 2:01:40.90
14. Rachele Bruni (Italy, 30) 2:02:10.20
15. Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (Russian Olympic Committee, 21) 2:03:17.50
16. Paula Ruiz Bravo (Spain, 22) 2:03:17.60
17. Angelica Andre (Portugal, 26) 2:04:40.70
18. Kate Farley Sanderson (Canada, 21) 2:04:59.10
19. Alice Dearing (Great Britain, 24) 2:05:03.20
20. Paola Perez (Venezuela, 30) 2:05:45.00
21. Michelle Weber (South Africa, 24) 2:06:56.50
22. Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine, 23) 2:07:35.10
23. Li-Shan Chantal Liew (Singapore, 22) 2:08:17.90
24. Spela Perse (Slovenia, 25) 2:08:33.00
25. Souad Nefissa Cherouati (Algeria, 32) 2:17:21.60

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