Broadcast RF sent kit and crew to India over recent months for annual coverage of two of the country’s most popular sports events, The Delhi Half Marathon and the Mumbai Marathon.
The Delhi Half Marathon, recognised as the richest half marathon in the world, took place on Sunday 15th December 2013, and welcomed over 1500 participants. Broadcast RF provided the facilities for three chase bike transmission systems which were received using a ground based receive infrastructure. All equipment was retained in India for the Mumbai Marathon around a month later.
The Mumbai Marathon took place on Sunday 19th January 2013, with the majority of kit being held over from Delhi. Alongside the kit that was retained, additional equipment that was shipped separately included an additional chase bike and a helicopter downlink.
Paul Wolff, Project Manager for the Indian Marathons 2013, spoke highly of the way the events were covered. “Delhi and Mumbai are always very challenging for us because all pictures have to be transmitted from the chase bikes over difficult terrain to the ground OB. The use of Deep Time Interleaving Technology enabled us to achieve almost perfect pictures throughout otherwise impossible sections of the course in Mumbai, and I am confident that we’ll attain the same brilliant results in the future.”
The winner of this year’s Delhi Half Marathon was Atsedu Tsegay of Ethiopia, who crossed the finish line in a course record time of 59 minutes and 12 seconds.
Though the course record was not broken in Mumbai, winner Evans Ruto finished in an admirable 2 hours, 9 minutes and 33 seconds.