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Off to the London WC with Polytan SmarTracks


Optimal preparation for sprinter Amelie-Sophie Lederer:

Off to the London WC with Polytan SmarTracks

The World Championships in Athletics will be held in London in August. Also taking part will be 71 athletes from the German Athletics Federation (Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband – DLV), including Amelie-Sophie Lederer. The new Bavarian record holder over 100 metres has been selected by the DLV for the 4×100 metres relay. A key factor in her current success is the improved training conditions at her home club, LAC Quelle Fürth, where the 23-year-old athlete and police officer has been preparing for her events with the Polytan SmarTracks system since April. This precision data logging system facilitates professional training diagnostics without complex technical equipment in or on the track.Polytan will be presenting the system to the industry at "IAAF Athletics Connect 2017" in London on 2 August – including a live demonstration on a mobile running track with a Rekortan M synthetic surface.

The new Bavarian record holder achieved her personal best of 11.28 seconds over 100 metres in the run-up to the German Championships in Erfurt on 8 July, putting coach Helmut Vetter’s protégé in fifth place in the women’s outdoor rankings in Germany. She finished in sixth place in the final with a time of 11.47 seconds. The performance of this elite athlete has steadily improved since May: she ran a time of 11.50 seconds over 100 metres in the Bayerncup (Bavaria Cup) in Erding at the end of May, for example, but was a whole tenth of a second faster at the Sparkassen-Gala in Regensburg by the middle of June. Amelie-Sophie Lederer attributes her success partly to the improved training conditions with Polytan SmarTracks: "I am very pleased that Polytan has provided us with modern sensor technology. It’s an ideal way for me to prepare for the World Championships in London."

Coach Helmut Vetter particularly appreciates the detailed digital assessments: "The system makes it possible to do a comprehensive training analysis, even with several athletes at the same time and under competition conditions."

In contrast to other time recording systems such as photoelectric sensors or GPS, Polytan SmarTracks can also be used to measure step length and frequency. What is more, the data can be automatically evaluated – a real asset in a training routine. The movement data are captured by magnetic timing gates in the ground and the sensor worn on the body, which weighs just 24 g. This is made possible by humotion’s highly developed sensor technology with three-dimensional data capture, which actually consists of a number of intelligent individual sensors rather than a single one.

Two round magnetic elements are sunk into the ground at intervals of 1.0-1.30 m, each forming a timing gate. Polytan recommends a minimum distance of 3 m between the timing gates in the running direction. The fact that the technology is in the ground out of sight ensures full protection against vandalism and any kind of weather while at the same time eliminating the time required for setting up and dismantling technical equipment before and after training.

The first reference project with SmarTracks technology was completed in Osnabrück in August 2008 – and by the end of this year it will already be installed in 20 athletics facilities in Germany and in another one in Great Britain.

The live demo at "IAAF Athletics Connect 2017" ( in London on 2 August will be another opportunity to significantly raise the international profile of the system worldwide. According to Polytan Managing Director Markus Deimling: "In London we will be presenting the pioneering sensor technology in combination with our well-known professional sports surface Rekortan M, on which countless records and personal bests have been set at international track and field athletics meetings such as the IAAF Diamond League."

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