3,782 hit by timing glitch

3,782 hit by timing glitch
Flag off at Orchard Road for the 42.195km full marathon during the Standard Chartered Marathon 2013 on 1 December.

SINGAPORE- Almost 4,000 participants at this year's Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) were affected by a fault in the timing system, event organiser Spectrum Worldwide revealed yesterday.

According to a spokesman for the event management company, 3,782 runners - or 7 per cent of the 54,000-strong field - were either wrongly disqualified or received inaccurate timings as a result of the glitch.

This prompted event owner the Singapore Sports Council to call for "lessons to be learnt".

Labelling the glitch "unfortunate", its strategic development and marketing group chief Toh Boon Yi added that "we have expressed our concern to the organiser".

Confusion reigned at the end of Sunday's event, with Alex Ong and Derek Li, who finished second and sixth respectively in the Singapore men's category, disqualified owing to the technical fault.

It is understood that the electronic timing system provided by ChronoTrack failed to detect certain runners as they crossed the various checkpoints.

Said the Spectrum spokesman: "With respect to the timing issues, the same system and operator have been deployed for the past two editions of the SCMS.

"The system is also utilised in many other major local and international running events, including the New York City Marathon."

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