Transponder

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Coach taping on a transponder to the wrist of a professional marathon swimmer at a FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix event in Cozumel, Mexico. Photo by World Open Water Swimming Association
noun - Transponder or timing chip is a light, waterproof timing devices with GPS capabilities that are worn on both wrists of swimmers at competitive open water swims and triathlons. The device is of Neutral velocity. At major international competitions, the transponders are used in conjunction with the Open Water Gate developed by Omega Timing.

The swimmers were given transponders before the race by the officials.

Synonym

timing chip, racing chip

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