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Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 9:40 AM


This probably is considered common knowledge, but I can't seem to find it anywhere, so I'm hoping someone here can tell me: In an Olympics competition, how many competitors are eliminated between the preliminary and semifinal round? Is it all but a certain number, a certain percentage, or what? I'd appreciate the info!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 2:10 PM

It seems to depend on the sport and the initial number of entrants. Some of the swimming heats would have 4 qualifiers, while some of the running heats qualified 5. I guess the goal is to get it down to the number of lanes available in those sports.

Johnbtv  (Level: 262.1 - Posts: 200)
Mon, 18th Aug '08 8:21 PM

It does depend on which event you are talking about. Wikipedia seems to have excellent reporting on the Olympics. Go to and navigate to the "Calendar" chart (near the bottom of the page). Each event is listed and you can click on the blue dots within each yellow event box. Each dot represents a separate event. When you get to the event page, there is usually a "Qualification" or "Qualifying" link there.

Good luck!


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