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    Sprint Semi-finals
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    It used to be that there were 2 semi-finals and the top 4 finishers in each race would qualify for the final.

    Then in recent years, the trend has been to have 3 semi-finals with the 2 fastest in each automatically qualifying for the final along with the next 2 fastest times.

    Now, I just saw the results of the Euro-U23 semi finals, and the qualifiers are the 3 top finishers in each of the 2 semis, plus the next 2 fastest times.

    To me, this seems to be the best method of these 3. Less chance of someone getting left out if they were in the fastest heat; and less chance of someone qualifying if they were in a slower semi.
    Plus, I think a semi-final by definition, should be one of 2 races, not 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacksf View Post
    Now, I just saw the results of the Euro-U23 semi finals, and the qualifiers are the 3 top finishers in each of the 2 semis, plus the next 2 fastest times.
    To me, this seems to be the best method of these 3. Less chance of someone getting left out if they were in the fastest heat; and less chance of someone qualifying if they were in a slower semi.
    Plus, I think a semi-final by definition, should be one of 2 races, not 3.
    We've had a thread about this before (more adept posters could find it) and my only contribution was that 'semis' are whatever the organizers wish them to be. The idea of 'semi' in this context does not mean 'two'; it means 'the round before the final'. That's exactly how language works: it means what you want it to mean. I let the school-marms worry about what 'should be' and focus on what 'is'. I'm sure they had fainting spells when proper nouns got verbed, as in

    I had to xerox a hundred copies of my résumé.

    When is the last time you skyped your relatives?
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    I just plated my dinner
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    If we are voting, I prefer the 3+3+2 format to the 2+2+2+2...at least, the third best runner ha a shot at the podium
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    I just plated my dinner
    I drank too much beer and got maggoted.
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    I let the school-marms worry about what 'should be' and focus on what 'is'. I'm sure they had fainting spells when proper nouns got verbed, as in

    I had to xerox a hundred copies of my résumé.

    When is the last time you skyped your relatives?
    I think this has been more of a concern of trademark lawyers than of school marms. https://www.fastcompany.com/3004901/...d-becomes-verb
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    It's amazing that Band-Aid has never fallen to genericide.
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    Different formats for different events, even at the U23. The 110mh has three semifinals and 2+2+2+2.

    But I would agree, I very much prefer two semifinals and 3+3+2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trackk View Post
    I very much prefer two semifinals and 3+3+2.
    Except when the wind is gusting, so that one semi has a +1.0 and the other -2.0
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...
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    It depends on the field size and rounds, because [2+2+2]+2 has 24 entries while the others have 16.
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