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World Athletics to introduce repechage round at Paris Olympics

As the 100m already has preliminary heats, before round one, the repechage will not be introduced in this event.

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Monaco: The World Athletics Council on Monday approved an innovation to the regular competition format for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, introducing a repechage round to all individual track events from 200m to 1500m in distance, including the hurdles events.

In the new repechage format, athletes who do not qualify by place in round one heats will have a second chance to qualify for the semi-finals by participating in repechage heats.

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This will replace the former system of athletes advancing through the fastest times (q) in addition to the top placings in the first round heats (Q).
These events will now have four rounds – round one, repechage round, semi-finals, and the final, with schedules varying according to the specific nature of the event.

The new format means that every athlete competing in the events with a repechage round will have at least two races at the Olympic Games.
In the new repechage format, athletes who do not qualify by place in round one heats will have a second chance to qualify for the semi-finals by participating in repechage heats.

As the 100m already has preliminary heats, before round one, the repechage will not be introduced in this event. In addition, the repechage will not be introduced in distance events as the need for proper recovery between rounds makes the format impractical, the governing body said in a statement.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “The repechage rounds will give more exposure to our sport during the peak Olympic period and will be carefully scheduled to ensure that every event on our Olympic program retains its share of the spotlight.”

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