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Olympic Games: big and small secrets of Olympic timekeeping in Tokyo


Measurements to the millionth of a second, cameras capable of capturing 10,000 images per second and an infallible security system: Omega, official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, is a past master in the art of innovation.

How far away are the days when a watchmaker alone watched over the proper functioning of some thirty chronographs to record all the results at the Olympic Games. It was in 1932 in Los Angeles on the occasion of Omega’s first appearance as official timekeeper. Almost 90 years later, the Swiss brand has set foot in Japan with 400 tons of equipment, 530 timekeepers and professionals, 350 scoreboards or even 200 kilometers of cable and optical fiber to set in stone every performance of the stadium gods.

30 minutes to know the gold medalist in the 80m hurdles in Berlin

In twenty-nine Olympiads, Omega has had time to perfect its measuring tools, in step with technological innovations which have revolutionized the history of sport by helping to bring it into the era of modernity. Twelve years after the Olympic Games in Berlin where it took thirty minutes to find out the name of the winner of the 80 m hurdles because of the identical times of the first four (in 11”7), the watchmaker

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