- (in cycling and rowing) a last-chance qualifying heat in which the runners-up in earlier heats race each other, with the winner advancing to the finals.
Origin of repechage
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- 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