Olympics Swimming

How do decide which lane a swimmer will be assigned?

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September 12, 2011 9:19PM

By the swimmer's seed times coming into the race.

The middle lanes are the fastest, and the outer lanes are progressively slower (that's why the swimmers often seem to be in a V shape)

To be specific, the swimmer with the fastest time swims in lane 4, 2nd fastest in lane 5, third fastest in lane 3 fourth fastest in lane 6 fifth fastest in lane 2 sixth fastest in lane 7 seventh fastest in lane 1 eighth fastest in lane in lane 8.