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A 'heat' is a preliminary race where the top finishers qualify to run in the final race and the low finishers are eliminated from competition. For example, let's say there are 32 competitors in the 100 meter dash. Four 'heats' would be run where the top 2 finishers of each heat would qualify to run in the final race to determine the winner of the event.

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