Photo finish: the tech that times the 100 meter sprint at the Olympic Games

The 100-meter sprint is one of the most prestigious events at the Olympic Games – and one of the fastest. The world records for the event stand at 9.63 seconds for men (set by Usain Bolt in 2012) and 10.60 seconds for women (set by Elaine Thompson-Herah in 2021). With 0.01 of a second making all the difference, timing is crucial, and TechRadar spoke to CEO of Olympic Timing at Omega Alain Zobrist to find out exactly how it’s done. 

Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, when a single watchmaker was sent all the way from Switzerland to Los Angeles with 30 chronographs in a suitcase.

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