POSTED: Tuesday October 18th 2011

New Modern Pentathlon Precision Laser Targets

Example of the look of a laser precision target
Example of the look of a laser precision target

Example of the targets being used at the World Championships
Example of the targets being used at the World Championships

Fans, spectators, athletes and coaches would have noticed that 4 competitions this year have been organised with Precision Laser Targets (PLT).

This follows on the from the debut event with this laser technology, the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore where not only the 1st laser pistols were used, but the 1st ever precision laser targets.

Since then the technology has been developed to accept outside daylight to cope with the tough demands that shooting in the combined event presents.

There are many benefits on using this latest shooting technology as opposed to the other target option, the hit targets. The main benefits are:

*Each athlete has a dedicated computer next to them so they can see exactly where each shot goes. This also allows athletes to zero their pistols according to their screens information of their shot location.
*Athletes get a lot more information feedback. They can know their average shot score as well as how many seconds it takes for each shot.
Statistics are produced live.
*Athletes feel safer that all their shots are being captured by the targets as they get real time feedback.
*Targets are much more flexible as you can easily change the software to change the hit zone, which is useful for training.
*New innovate training software has been developed to train in a precise way that has never been possible before as coaches can adapt specific trainings based on the data received.
*Ability to show where each athletes shot goes on TV, stadium big screen and website.

Due to the immense benefits that these latest technology targets provide all category A Modern Pentathlon events in 2012 will be conducted with PLT, including the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The official Olympic results provider OMEGA, will make the decision on which companies PLT’s to use for the 2012 London Olympic Games by the end of the year.

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Keywords · Modern Pentathlon · Olympics · Fence · Run · Swim · Ride · Shoot · London · 2012 · laser shooting · Omega · Precision Targets

Name: Matt Pound
Organization: Union Internationale De Pentathlon Moderne - UIPM
Phone: +377 9777 8555

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