How the Repechage System Works
See the diagram below:
Look at the number in the grey boxes. This is the fight number.
Fight 1 is Sakuraba v Newton Fight 2 is Goes v Mezger Fight 3 is Braga v Silveira etc
On this sheet the winner of each fight is indicated in CAPITALS
The winner of fight 1 (Sakuraba) moves into the next round (fight 5).
Look at the letters in the grey boxes, these indicate where the loser of a fight goes on the bottom half of the sheet.
The loser of Fight 1A (Newton) moves to box A in the bottom half of the sheet. Newton is now fighting for a bronze medal
In his next fight (fight 5) Sauraba beats Mezger. Sakuraba moves to the next round (fight 11). and Mezger moves to box E on the bottom half of the sheet. This is fight number 10 v Silveira.
In fight 10 Silveira beats Mezger and moves to the next round. Mezger has now lost 2 fights and is out of the tournament.
This sheet is for 8 competitors, generally sheets for 16 competitors are used. The way the sheet works is exactly the same, it just has a lots more fight numbers and letters on!
With a basic understanding of how the sheets work you can work out how many fights there are before you are on (without disturbing the table staff too much)!
How you can help!
Once your category has been called stay by the table and listen for you name to be called.
When you are called .be ready to fight i.e. in the right kit, belt tied up, etc
At the end of your fight, if you win, give your name to the table, it helps minimise mistakes.
This repechage system ensures all competitors get a minimum
of 2 fights, 75% of the competitors get 3 fights