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

[French repêchage, rescuing, repechage, from repêcher, to fish 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).]


(General Sporting Terms) a heat of a competition, esp in rowing or fencing, in which eliminated contestants have another chance to qualify for the next round or the final
[C19: from French repêchage literally: fishing out again, from re- + pêcher to fish + -age]


(ˌrɛp əˈʃɑʒ)

a trial heat for runners-up, as in rowing, to determine who will advance to the finals.
[1925–30; < French repêchage second chance <repêch(er) to fish up again (re- re- + pêcher to fish; Middle French, Old French pescher < Vulgar Latin *piscāre, Latin piscārī, derivative of piscis fish)]


A kind of “second chance” race to allow losers from the heats an additional opportunity to qualify for the next round of the series in a progressive race.
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Noun1.repechage - a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race
race - a contest of speed; "the race is to the swift"


[ˌrepɪˈʃɑːʒ] Nrepesca f
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