Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trial heat, especially in rowing, allowing competitors who have already lost a heat another chance to qualify for the semifinals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heat (as in rowing or fencing) in which the best competitors who have lost in a previous round compete for a place or places yet left in the next round.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race

Etymologies

French repêchage, rescuing, repechage, from repêcher, to finish up again, rescue : re-, again (from Old French; see re-) + pêcher, to fish for (from Old French pescher, from Vulgar Latin *piscāre, from Latin piscārī; see piscatorial).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French repêchage, from repêcher ("to fish out, rescue"), from re- + pêcher ("to fish"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sprint: After a qualifying round, riders compete one-on-one (sometimes three riders in repechage or four in consolation rounds) in a knockout tournament.

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  • Losers continue in repechage phase against winners of 5-8 races.

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  • In the heats, each boat can qualify for the semifinals or for a "repechage" round, which is essentially a second chance to make the semifinals.

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  • All events start with heats and boats that do not progress automatically get a second chance through the repechage roundWho's hotBritish double sculls pair Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger capped an unbeaten 2010 with world championship gold at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand.

    Watching the Olympic Games 2012: Rowing | Will O'Doherty

  • Mickelson and Cooke won their repechage to advance to the final, then rallied from 1.74 seconds down in the last 500 meters to win by 1.62 seconds.

    USATODAY.com - Athlete of the Week Wariner pushes all-time best in 400 meters

  • The U.S. almost added a second quadruple sculls medal — Ala Piotrowski, Jen Kaido, Liane Malcos and Lia Pernell won the repechage and finished fourth in the final.

    USATODAY.com - Athlete of the Week Wariner pushes all-time best in 400 meters

  • The heats, repechage and semifinal rounds winnow the contenders down to six boats for the final.

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  • Having won through the repechage Manchester knocked out the last Oxbridge survivors.

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  • Those eliminated in early rounds may qualify for a repechage (second-chance) round.

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  • When the brackets are reduced to two finalists each, the athletes who lost to the finalists qualify for a repechage round.

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