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How to Set a Sports Timer Stopwatch

By Brian Polking

Although the exact method for setting a sports timer stopwatch varies somewhat depending on the model, the general steps remain the same. You can master the basic functions on the stopwatch within minutes, and, with a little practice, you can utilize the watch's full potential. Whether you're timing a short sprint, a long race or, even, an exercise regiment, this handheld timing device can do the trick.

Step 1

Locate the on/off switch for the stopwatch. In some cases, there's no button with this specific title, and the device activates when you press any button.

Step 2

Verify the display on the stopwatch's face shows all zeros.

Step 3

Press on the button labeled "Start" to begin the timer.

Step 4

Stop the timer at the desired moment by pressing on the "Stop" button. In some cases, this button is the same as the "Start" button, with a "Start/Stop" label.

Step 5

Prepare the stopwatch for additional timings by pressing on the "Reset" button.

Step 6

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for additional timings when the display on the stopwatch's face shows all zeros.

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