IAAF Qualification Standards: 2017 World Champs

The full qualification system and entry standards for the IAAF World Championships London 2017 have been published.

The qualification system combines entry standards and invitations based on performance lists. As was the case for the 2015 IAAF World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the IAAF has established a target number of athletes for each discipline (apart from the 10,000m, marathon and race walks).

There are still some special qualification opportunities and it will still be possible for member federations without any qualified athletes to be represented with one unqualified athlete (subject to certain conditions).

QUALIFICATION SYSTEM AND ENTRY STANDARDS
(As approved by the IAAF Council in March and November 2016)

QUALIFICATION PRINCIPLES
Age Categories
Under 20 Athletes
Athletes aged 18 or 19 years on 31 December 2017, (i.e. born in 1999 or 1998), may compete in any event except the Marathon and 50km Race Walk.
Under 18 Athletes
Athletes aged 16 or 17 years on 31 December 2017 (born in 2001 or 2000), may compete in any event except the throwing events, the Combined Events, 10,000m, Marathon and the Race Walks.
Athletes younger than 16
No athlete younger than 16 years of age on 31 December 2017 (born in 2002 or later) may be entered.


Individual Athletes
Individual Athletes can qualify in one of four ways:
1. Automatically by achieving the Entry Standard within the qualification period in accordance with criteria decided by IAAF
2. Based on the finishing position at designated competitions as follows (in these cases the athletes shall also be considered as having achieved the Entry Standard):
• The Area Champions in all the individual events (except for the Marathons). However, in the case of field events, the entry will be subject to the approval of the Technical Delegates. The Member Federation of the Area Champion will have the ultimate authority to enter the athlete or not, based on its own selection criteria. For details see Appendix B.
• For the 10,000m, the top 15 athletes finishing in the senior Men’s and Women’s races at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.
• For the Combined Events, the top three in the 2016 Men’s and Women’s IAAF Combined Events Challenge.
• For the 20km Race Walk, the top three in the 2016 Men’s and Women’s IAAF World Race Walking Challenge.
• For the 50km Race Walk, the top three in the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships.
• For the Marathons, the top 10 finishers at the IAAF Gold Label Marathons held in the qualification period.
3. The IAAF will accept the participation of the current Reigning World Outdoor Champion and that of the Winner of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League (in the corresponding World Championships event) and Hammer Throw Challenge, as Wild Cards, in each individual

event, on the condition that the athlete in question is entered by his Federation. If both are from the same country, only one of the two can be entered with this Wild Card.
If a Member Federation has four athletes in one event as a result of this regulation, all four will be permitted to compete.
4. As a result of being one of the best ranked athletes at the end of the qualification period to fill the remaining quota places by event. This does not apply to the 10,000m, Marathons and Race Walks where entries will continue to be administered by Entry Standards only.


Relay Teams
Relay Teams can qualify in one of two ways:
1. Automatically as being one of the first eight placed teams at the 2017 IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas.
2. As a result of being one of the best ranked teams at the end of the qualification period to fill the remaining quota places. For the purpose of being ranked, the results of relay races shall be valid only on condition that they are part of a competition staged in compliance with IAAF Rules and that at least two different international teams, representing at least two countries, compete in the race.


Unqualified Athletes
The participation of unqualified athletes (including host country) shall be administered as follows:
• Members who have no male and/or no female athletes who have achieved the Entry Standard or considered as having achieved the Entry Standard (see above) or qualified relay team, may enter one unqualified male athlete or one unqualified female athlete in one event of the Championships (except the Road Events and Field Events [see below], Combined Events, 10,000m and 3000m Steeplechase). In all cases the name and event of the unqualified athlete must be submitted no later than 10 July 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• Members whose best athlete excels in a Field Event or Road Event, may submit to the IAAF the name of their athlete whom they would like to enter together with their best performance during the qualification period. The Technical Delegates will decide whether or not to accept such entry and, to do so, may seek the opinion of the relevant Area Association.
• If the Host Country does not have an athlete who has achieved the Entry Standard in an event, or a qualified Relay Team, it may enter one athlete (or Relay Team) in that event, with the exception of the Combined Events and Field Events where the above shall apply.


Qualification Period
• For the 10,000m, Marathon, Race Walks, Relays and Combined Events: from 1 January 2016 to midnight Sunday, 23 July 2017 (regardless of the time zone)
• For all other events: from 1 October 2016 to midnight Sunday, 23 July 2017 (regardless of the time zone)


Ranking Process
• Individual Athletes: Following the end of the qualification period, the IAAF shall assess the number of athletes having qualified in accordance with the Individual Athletes – Qualification principles (§ 1, 2 and 3) above, plus the unqualified athletes. In order to reach the established ideal number of athletes by event, respecting the maximum quota by Member Federation, the IAAF shall then identify the athletes qualified by virtue of their ranking position (according to the best performances in the whole respective qualification period). The IAAF shall, within 24 hours of the closing of the Final Entries, notify the Member Federations concerned by email to the official email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and replies shall be expected within 24

hours. Upon refusals or cancellations, the next eligible athlete will be identified at the sole and exclusive discretion of the IAAF. Where required, amendments to the Final Entries will be made directly by the IAAF.
• Relays: following the end of the qualification period, and knowing the Relay Teams that have qualified from the IAAF World Relays 2017, the IAAF shall identify the eight teams (seven in case the host country enters an unqualified relay team) qualified by virtue of their ranking position (according to the best performances in the whole qualification period). The IAAF shall, within 24 hours of the closing of the Final Entries, notify the Member Federations concerned by email to the official email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and replies shall be expected within 24 hours. Upon refusals or cancellations, the next eligible relay team will be identified at the sole and exclusive discretion of the IAAF. Where required, amendments to the Final Entries will be made directly by the IAAF.

TARGET NUMBER OF ATHLETES / TEAMS BY EVENT

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CONDITIONS FOR THE VALIDITY OF PERFORMANCES

• Performances must be achieved during competitions organised or authorised by the IAAF, its Area Associations or its Member Federations (for Race Walks and Marathons see hereunder).

• Performances must be achieved during an official competition organised in conformity with IAAF Rules.

• Performances achieved in mixed competitions in track events will not be accepted. Exceptionally, in accordance with IAAF Rule 147, performances achieved in events of 5000m and 10,000m may be accepted in circumstances where there were insufficient athletes of one or both genders competing to justify the conduct of separate races and there was no pacing or assistance given by an athlete(s) of one gender to an athlete(s) of the other gender. If applicable, Member Federations must submit a specific request to the IAAF Competitions Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) providing the documentation as required.

• Performances which are wind assisted or for which a wind reading is not available
shall not be accepted.

• Hand-timed performances in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 110m/100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles and 4x100m relay shall not be accepted.

• Indoor performances shall be accepted.

• For the running events of 200m and longer, performances achieved on oversized tracks
shall not be accepted.

• In the case of race walks, track performances (20,000m or 50,000m) shall be accepted.

• Marathons
a) Marathon races conducted at competitions held under IAAF Rule 1.1(a), (b), (c), (f) and (g) will not necessarily be listed. However, the results will be valid for the purpose of entry standards.
b) For all other Marathon races, only performances achieved on courses that respect the following criteria are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards:
o the course is (or will be) measured prior to the race by an IAAF/AIMS Grade “A” or “B” International Road Race Course Measurer
o the measurement certificate must have been established no more than 5 years before the date of the race;
o the overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e., 1m per km.
The list of marathon courses that meet the above criteria can be found on the IAAF website. It is the responsibility of Member Federations and Organisers to make sure

that a proper measurement is conducted by an IAAF/AIMS approved Grade A or B International Measurer and that the measurement report is sent to the relevant Area Measurement Administrator for the certificate to be issued, before the race is conducted.
c) In addition, the top 10 finishers at the IAAF Gold Label Marathons (in 2016 and in 2017) held within the qualification period will also be considered as having achieved the Entry Standard (the list of the Gold Label Marathons for 2016 and 2017 is published on the IAAF Website).
The contact email address for any matters related to qualifying marathon courses is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Race Walk Events
a) Performances achieved at Race Walk Events staged at International Competitions defined under IAAF Rule 1.1(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) or (j) are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards providing the following conditions (where applicable) are respected:
o the course is (or will be) measured by an IAAF/AIMS Grade “A” or “B” International Road Race Course Measurer;
o a minimum of 3 International or Area Race Walking Judges are on duty.
b) Performances achieved at International Competitions defined under IAAF Rule 1.1 (i), or at National Competitions, are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards ONLY if the Member Federation concerned submits a specific application to the IAAF. The application letter, indicating the date, venue and programme of events of the Competition, must confirm that the above conditions will be respected.
The 2016 list of current qualifying race walk competitions can be found on the IAAF website. Member Federations who want their national permit competitions to be added to the list for 2017, and qualify for the World Championships, must make sure that a proper measurement is conducted by an IAAF/AIMS approved Grade A or B International Measurer and that minimum three International or Area Race Walking Judges are on duty. This information must be provided to the IAAF by submitting the application form provided (IAAF Circular letter M/24/16 – appendix G) before the race is conducted.
The contact email address for any matters related to qualifying race walk courses is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


AREA CHAMPIONS
Regulations for Automatic Qualification to the IAAF World Championships (not applicable for relays and marathon)
1. The Area Champion (in each individual event to be contested at the World Championships) automatically qualifies for the World Championships, irrespective of whether his performance has reached the Entry Standard. This does not apply to Field Events where the entry of the athlete will be subject to the approval of the Technical Delegates.
2. The Area Champion shall be the one who has achieved the title either in 2016 or 2017. If an Area does not have Area Championships in that period, then the Area may organise an alternate event to select the Area Champion. This designation shall be made before the alternate event, and the IAAF shall be notified of that designation at least one month before the event.
3. The Member Federation of the Area Champion will have the ultimate authority to enter the athlete or not, based on its own domestic standard or qualification system.
4. If the Member Federation of the Area Champion enters the athlete, he will be considered as having achieved the Entry Standard.
5. If the Area Champion, for whatever reason, is not entered, his quota will not be delegated

to the second placed athlete and the normal entry rules and conditions apply.
6. For those Area Championships that do not have certain events, the Area Associations can organise alternate Area-specific event Championships with conditions conforming to Area Championships Regulations. The IAAF shall be notified of such alternative Championships at least one month in advance of the events’ being held.
7. For an Area having “restricted” Area Championships (where the participation is not open to all athletes), the Area Association may specify an existing competition of a suitable standard for the purpose of identifying the Area Champion. In such cases, it is necessary that all Member Federations within the Area be invited to compete in this Competition. The IAAF shall be notified of such competition at least one month in advance of it being held.

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