Posted on September 29, 2016

For the 6th meet of 2016 FINA Swimming World Cup in Doha, OMEGA will once again fulfil its role as the event’s Official Timekeeper. Taking place on the 8th and 9th of October, many of the world’s greatest swimmers will be in Qatar to compete.

The FINA Swimming World Cup is an international series and is scheduled at host cities around the world. The 2016 circuit has so far included Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, and Dubai. Along with its duties at the Swimming World Cup, OMEGA is an Official FINA Partner and is responsible for timing other key FINA competitions throughout the year. Following the event in Doha, the 2016 FINA Swimming World Cup will move on to Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong where the winners will be crowned. In 2014, the overall winner among the men participating in the World Cup was OMEGA brand ambassador Chad Le Clos of South Africa. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was the top-ranked woman. In 2015, Cameron van der Burgh won the men’s competition while Katinka Hosszu was the women’s champion yet again.

OMEGA’s cutting-edge technology

OMEGA is responsible for the timekeeping and data handling and has also been behind the development of much of the key technology used to ensure that the competitors’ results are recorded perfectly. The key devices are the Quantum Aquatic Timer, the iconic touch pads that are a familiar sight at the end of each lane, the starting blocks with their false start detection systems and high-speed video cameras. OMEGA is also behind the on-screen graphics that enhance the viewing experience for fans enjoying the competitions on TV and the popular virtual record line, which indicates how close a leader is to setting a new world record.

OMEGA’s Live Timing website ( gives the global audience access to each competitor’s details as well as the ranking, the split times, and information on any records that might have been set or broken. There were also some recently-introduced innovations including the backstroke ledge, which improves the start push and trajectory of swimmers entering the water

A strong aquatic partnership

OMEGA has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with FINA dating back to 1973. OMEGA is widely regarded as one of the world's leading sports timekeepers and its long-term association with FINA means that it will serve talented aquatic athletes at all of FINA's key events including the FINA World Championships, which feature long-course swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, open water swimming, diving and high-diving.