Ina Fried
Aug 7, 2021 - Sports

5. The Tokyo Games' tech breakthroughs

Photo illustration of two runners approaching the finish line, as the lanes become a circuit pattern.
Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Antonin Thuillier/AFP via Getty Images

Technology may not have made up for the impact of COVID-19, but its presence was felt at the Tokyo Games, from advances in timing to giant displays that brought the sailing action from sea to shore.

  • Even the venerable Olympic pin got a digital upgrade, with sponsor Alibaba distributing an electronic button, complete with a small display and pedometer built in.
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