Lagos - The Lagos City Marathon on Wednesday scored another
first as transponders imported for the race arrived the Organizing Committee secretariat
at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
February 6, 2016, the day the Access Bank Lagos City
Marathon will flag off, is the first time transponders will be used for a road
race or marathon in Nigeria.
According to Lagos City Marathon General Manager, Yussuf
Alli, transponder, also called chip timing, was introduced to marathon and road
races over a decade ago.
Alli revealed that it has quickly developed into a
supplement to traditional race timing techniques at races all across the world.
It is also used by bikers and tri-athletes.
It is extremely precise and capable of addressing several
weaknesses that are inherent to traditional timing methods.
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Transponder timing systems require that athletes wear a
small, lightweight chip that uniquely identifies them as they cross strategically
placed electronic mats. The chip is typically worn on the shoelace or on an
ankle bracelet, depending on the system being used. In its most basic and
common form, chip timing electronically handles the task of collecting and
processing results at the end of the race. More advanced chip timing setups can
protect against cheating, record accurate split times, provide instantaneous
race updates, and compensate for slow starts caused by crowded starting areas.
According to Alli, the transponder eliminates the problems
inherent in manual timing, “it will eliminate cheating, every single runner
will have their time, even if they are twenty thousand. There will be no
mistakes in the results caused by confusing, cheats, runners wearing the wrong
number, or runners who get out of order in the chutes.’’
The transponder timing systems feature two components: a
chip that carries a unique identification number, and a number of mats that
activate the chip. Nigerian technical officials that will man it have started
receiving tutorials from Dutch experts.For
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