Statistics have always been a vital part of what attracts us to sport. These details help connect us to the glorious athletic performances of the past. We revel in the comparison of Jesse Owen’s gold medal performances at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games with Usain Bolt’s world records nearly eight decades later. We share memories of Michael Phelps winning the 100-metre butterfly in Beijing by a hundredth of a second for his seventh gold medal out of the eight he would win at a single Games.
Timekeeping and measurement at sporting events has evolved considerably since a lone Omega watchmaker took 30 split-second chronograph stopwatches to the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games, where they were used to record every timed event.
Nowadays, extensive data are available on each competitor at sporting event, and Swiss Timing - with its innovative database technologies - can organize and distribute an incredible range of statistics and information in a user-friendly, intuitive manner.
This information helps coaches, trainers, and athletes, and it supports journalists and commentators in the preparation and presentation of their stories. And just as importantly, it feeds a desire among sports fans around the world to know and understand each and every detail of an outstanding sporting performance.