The Olympic champion from the prize-winner, and the prize-winner from the simple participant is often separated by millimeters and milliseconds, therefore the organizers of the Games pay great attention to technologies that can perfectly record the result of each athlete. The Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932 is Omega. She has developed many unique technologies for competition that have taken root and are actively used in sports at various levels: touch panels in swimming, photo finish cameras, starting blocks, false start detection and high-speed video systems. This time it was not without innovations.
Photo finish camera
Everyone knows what a photo finish is, but few people have thought about how it works. A special camera called OMEGA Scan'O'Vision MYRIA, which will be used in Rio, captures up to 10,000 images of each athlete every second. It uses four photocells at once, which allows the device to fix the position of the body of the athletes at the finish. An infrared beam of light is directed along the finish line and automatically stops the stopwatch when a runner crosses it. So the finishing time is recorded to the nearest thousandth of a second.
The stadium scoreboards familiar to sports fans at the Rio Olympics will be very different from the traditional ones: they will be able not only to show statistics, but also photos of athletes, animated images, screensavers, and national flags.
Target with scanner
Archery competitions require the utmost precision not only from the shooters themselves, but also from the technique. An interesting system has been developed for the Games in Rio: when an arrow hits a target, it is scanned along its entire length and width - thus the distance from the arrow to the central cross, the very "bullseye" at which the archers are aiming, is calculated. As a result, the result with an accuracy of 0.2 millimeters will be known to the public just a second after the arrow hits the target.
Golf returned to the program of the Olympic Games, which cannot but please the fans of the "gentlemen's game" around the world. However, in all honesty, this sport cannot be called particularly spectacular. Special scoreboards are designed to brighten up the viewing of competitions. They are equipped with radars and will be located at ground level, next to the ball holders. After the golfer hits the ball, the audience will be shown a repeat of the moment. In addition, the speed, estimated range and altitude of the projectile will be displayed in real time.
False start detection system
Sprinter runners start the race with special starting blocks: they not only help them push out and quickly pick up speed, but also determine a false start. Special sensors in the pads measure the athletes' effort four thousand times per second. Thus, if one of the runners takes off before the signal, the system will immediately register a false start and the judge will stop the race.>