View Full Version : Swimming : Omega timing, FINA and the controversy

05-26-2012, 07:33 PM
FINA has an amazing ability to mess up stuff (Even more than ISU), this time it could with the help of omega timing.

An interesting article (http://swimnews.com/News/view/9464) about the controversy from European swimming championships by Craig Lord. Some interesting extracts from the article are as follows :

Questions On The Moment Of Truth - Craig Lord

Truth will out - and that emerging from the European Championships in Debrecen is disturbing for the Olympic summer ahead in that the folk at the centre of the storm are the very people who will have their hand on the timing at the Olympic Games, officials in whose work everyone must have supreme confidence, trust and faith.

The final of the women's 4x200m freestyle yesterday was talked about by broadcasters and written up by media, erroneously, as a protest over takeovers and the disqualification of Spain (the time of the first swimmer who completed her 200m lead-off never registered on the result sheet when clearly it should have been). But there was more to the moment that met the eye - or even Omega's electronic eye - it seems.

Let's go back to day 1: a German swimmer touches first in a race but the clock does not register the time because she does not hit the pad with enough force (a message delivered to Milorad Cavic after he fell 0.01sec shy of Michael Phelps in Beijing over 100m butterfly). The clock did stop when the swimmer's shoulder hit the pad but clearly the time was not what it would have been. An official review of the finish caught on overhead cameras took place. The time was "adjusted" accordingly.

A few lesser incidents later, the final of the women's 4x200m freestyle unfolds. Focus on the Spanish, courtesy of a result sheet that did not register the time of the first swimmer (and Spanish requests for Omega to provide the evidence resulted in the timing staff referring all to LEN for answers... it turned out that Melanie Costa had moved on her blocks at the start, race over), was a red herring.

The takeover that was in question was that from third Italian to Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini. The live scoreboard which shows the splits of each passing swimming in every lane, went blank for the Pellegrini takeover

Timesheet (http://www.omegatiming.com/swimming/racearchives/2012/Debrecen/C73B1_Results%20(One%20Heat%20-%20Relay)_125_Heat1_Women_4x200_Free.pdf) from omega timing. video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnrO98bSlLM) is not clear, check at 8:49 for the Final transition replay.

At some point between half an hour and an hour after the race, official Soren Korbo, one of the three men who approved the LZR Racer back in 2008 at a time when testing for danger was something that had yet to be invented, emerged smiling with a result sheet in hand. It showed Pellegrini's takeover at 0.00 - signed by the referee.

All is well that ends well. Except that that wasn't the end. For as those journalists in the TV unit noted: the hand of the third Italian swimmer was fully on the pad when Pellegrini's feet are still on the block. Impossible for that to result in a 0.00 takeover. More like a usual .5 or .6, a good guess might suggest. So where did 0.00 come from?

Sounds like a recipe for disaster at London for me, hope they sort out the whatever is causing this problem.

05-27-2012, 01:07 AM
Ugh seriously. The last thing swimming needs is drama come Olympics.

05-27-2012, 06:42 AM
Seriously, it's a timed sport. How can that be f-ed up?

05-27-2012, 11:47 AM
Oh boy...

06-08-2012, 10:18 AM
Australian Swimmers in trouble over Gun Photos (http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/08/world/asia/australia-swimmer-gun-photos/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)

06-08-2012, 02:49 PM
Australian Swimmers in trouble over Gun Photos (http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/08/world/asia/australia-swimmer-gun-photos/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)

Nick D'arcy is a disgrace to the sport and should not allowed in any team. I think swimming Australia should be ashamed of selecting a criminal to represent them at the games.

For those who don't know who Nick D'arcy :1) Punching (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/history-of-brawling-nick-darcy-admits-to-previous-punch-ups/story-e6freuzi-1226085200331)

2) verdict and fine (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/794295/nick-darcy-gets-suspended-sentence)

3) bankruptcy (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/darcy-bankruptcy-muddies-waters-for-olympics-tilt/story-e6frg7mf-1226215583013)

4)D'arcy warns the press (http://swimnews.com/News/view/9472).

5) and now the gun (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/australian-olympic-swimmers-nick-darcy-and-kenrick-monk-pose-with-guns-in-facebook-photo/story-fncv4yyy-1226387758816)incident.

Swimming australian should be ashamed of themselves for defending someone like Nick D'arcy. If I was at the games I would boo nick since he has really not shown any remorse for his action or paid the compensation. Most of you won't agree with me but i think he deserves at least that for partly ruining the life of another swimmer. Talk about a real role model for children to look at...

06-08-2012, 05:24 PM
D'arcy sounds like a violent hothead and a jerk who also happens to swim fast, but I can't say as I see the picture of him holding a gun in a gun shop in California to be either newsworthy or particularly pernicious. Does it really read that way in Australia? (Maybe like Israelis seeing the prime minister chow down on bacon while on a trip to the US?) Is the reaction to Monk the same?

06-11-2012, 11:34 PM
Australian Swimmers' Punishment (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/gun-toting-olympians-leave-london-early-banned-social-172959543--oly.html)

06-20-2012, 02:13 PM