From the FINA Website:
"...Peter Hurzeler, Head of Omega Timing and speaker at the Convention: "This event is a good benefit for all the federations, it's a fantastic and important event to know what's going on in the sport. In my talk, I explained that swimming is the only sport where the athlete can stop his time."
The audience was surprised, realising it is a noteworthy difference. Hurzeler added: "We have a fantastic relation with the sport of swimming because for me it is one of the best organised international federations. Together with FINA, we did a lot of new things; if you're looking at swimming competitions on TV, everybody understands, it's straightforward." ..."
[Link]What a profound observation - an observation that is 100% accurate and one could argue that it is most elevated form of fairness out of any other timed sport. It's accurate because you may touch the touchpad first but it is your responsibility to stop the clock. Sublime in that it removes any possible excuse of bias by an official. It's the official that starts the race, but the swimmer must stop his race and log his own time.
Makes me proud that I wear an Omega.