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Bob wrote at 2008-04-11 16:54:51
Sounds like the original poster may be describing a Time Machine.  Look for Flying Feet Computers in Washington state.

We use them for timing road races but it also has multi-lane timing functionality as described and prints out results.  Times can also be transferred via a built-in serial interface.

craig wrote at 2008-05-07 21:09:48
I believe you are looking for a Sprint 8 timer, sometimes nick-named the 'octopus' timer.  I have one and it is very good.  We now use photo electric timing for most of our track meets but this serves well for smaller meets as well as road races and cross country races.

NJRaces wrote at 2010-10-25 21:30:06
The device you are mentioning is the Sprint 8, Ultrak also makes a device which requires each official or timer at the finish to be assigned a lane.  The button clicker they hold is clicked once that lane has finished.

There is F.A.T. timing (which the Sprint 8 device is not)  F.A.T. means without human interaction so having to start the watch and determine when someone finishes is not accurate.    The F.A.T. systems like Finishlynx capture the gun via a sensor and trigger the start in a computer program.  Finisher are then captured using line scan cameras that capture at least 1000 frames per second.  An operator then places a cursor on the torso in this case and enters a competitor number or lane.

Brian Macomber wrote at 2015-11-25 19:49:46
The device is called a Sprint 8. They cost about $1,000.00

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I am a master USATF Track and Field official and can answer questions about officiating high school (NFHS), college (NCAA), National (USATF) and international in field events. I am not a coach except for other officials. My specialties are the Field events except pole vault.


I delight in meeting athletes from all backgrounds and ages. I have even officiated field events for a one hundred year old long jumper as well as many "Master" and "Senior" athletes. Special olympics is a great event for officials to volunteer and see the essence of good sport on the faces of the athletes. After thirty three years as a trial lawyer in Massachusetts with a focus on sports law, among others, I retired and devote much of my time to officiating. I referee soccer, time football, officiate swimming and diving, and officiate and start all events in track and field. My special focus in field events. In high school and college I played soccer, squash and lacrosse, but track was not available in any depth then. Since I was a lawyer I began officiating and training to officiate sports which I could fit into my schedule. I honestly do not remember when I first started track and field officiating, but estimate that I have been very active for at least fifteen years. I regularly officiate all events and levels.

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