‘It’s like a spoiler, during the race’: Channel Seven sparks debate over ‘annoying’ new image showing Olympic swimmers speed – but some viewers say they love it
- Seven’s ‘m/s’ speed graph in Olympic swim record has sparked debate
- The image shows the country where each athlete comes from and their live speed
- Some viewers said the image was distracting and ruined the result
- Others said it was informative and helped those with an ‘untrained eye’
Channel Seven has sparked a passionate debate over the use of an image showing the speed of the leading swimmers in each race for Olympics coverage.
Comedian Tom Cashman took to TikTok to accuse the network of “spoiling” race results before ending them with the controversial new feature.
The chart, which only appears next to the leading swimmers for small portions of each race, shows their nationality and their live speed in meters per second.
“My big problem with this is that this isn’t some interesting tidbit, but core information about that race,” Cashman said.
“That’s the whole point of a race — to see who is the fastest swimmer, so they’re halfway through a race and tell us the speeds.”
Informative or annoying? Channel Seven’s new speed feature during the Olympic swimming events has sparked a furious online debate
He said the speed chart was like a ‘spoiler’ for the race and took the fun out of trying to predict who might cause an oversteer.
Social media users had divided opinions, with some arguing the image was informative and others saying it wasn’t necessary.
“Strongly agree, it’s interesting to watch, but maybe after the race. It takes the tension out I guess,” one man wrote in the comments.
‘Totally agree. If I see the one chasing going at the same speed it kind of ruins it a bit because I know they won’t catch up,” added another.
Another wrote: ‘I agree, they can keep it and put it in a corner for the people who want it.’
But others said they enjoy seeing how fast the athletes swim.
TikTok comedian Tom Cashman said the feature ruined the race and took the fun away from predicting an oversteer
‘What do you mean by a spoiler during the race? You can literally see who’s in front,” one user wrote.
“Without the speeds, it’s very boring. It all looks the same to the untrained eye, and 99 percent of the TV audience is the untrained eye,” added another.
Meanwhile, some viewers had their own ideas about what information to show.
“I prefer the swimmers constellation, the zodiac and fun facts,” one person suggested.
“It would be cooler if it showed the heartbeat, or that could just be me,” added another.
Social media users on Twitter also had mixed opinions about the image.
Social media users were divided, with some saying they loved the new speed feature