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Competition Format

There will be preliminaries in the evening sessions, except Day 8 and Day 9.

From the preliminaries in 50m, 100m and 200m individual events, the sixteen (16)fastest competitors will compete in the semifinals in the next morning session.

From the semifinals, the eight (8) fastest competitors will proceed to the final in the following morning session. From preliminaries in 400m Individual Medley events and Freestyle Relay events, the eight (8) fastest competitors will proceed to the final in the following morning session.

For the women's 800m Freestyle, the men's 1,500m Freestyle, the men's and women's 4x100m Medley Relay events, the men's and women's 4x100m Freestyle events and the men's and women's 4 x 200m Freestyle events, the eight (8) fastest competitors or teams will proceed to the final, which will be held in the following morning session following the preliminaries.

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