Underwater starting gates installedThe U.S. Olympic Trial was the debut of a pneumatic starting gate system for racing on the Oklahoma River. It is the same system that will be used in the Olympic Games in London. The submerged gates ensure every paddler starts the race at the same time and is lined up equally at the starting line, similar to a horse race. The new gates were bought by Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy and took six weeks to arrive to Oklahoma. They were installed by a scuba diver from Hungary on Thursday. They are used at every Olympic, World Cup and world championship paddling and rowing event. Two more permanent pneumatic starting gates will be installed on the Oklahoma River as part of MAPS 3 so there will be gates for every race distance. CONTRIBUTING: Ed Godfrey, staff writer
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