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London 2017 World Championships qualification explained

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 | Athletics Australia

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With Kurtis Marschall’s (SA) equal personal best performance of 5.70m in the pole vault last Saturday, elite athletes across the country are now eyeing off the official IAAF World Championships qualifying table.

Marschall’s 5.70m, which won him the gold medal at the South Australian Athletics Championships, saw him equal the world championships qualifying mark and put himself in serious contention for a world athletics championship debut.

To make the Australian team that is bound for London in August, an athlete must satisfy the criteria as outlined by Athletics Australia.

Among other stipulations such as outstanding performance at a national level, it requires athletes to equal or better a nominated qualifying time, distance or height.

The IAAF qualification standards are outlined below (if viewing on mobile, try rotating your screen. Alternatively click here):

Men

Event

Women

10.12

100m

11.26

20.44

200m

23.10

45.50

400m

52.10

1:45.90

800m

2:01.00

3:36.00 (3:53.40)

1500m (Mile)

4:07.50 (4:26.70)

13:22.60

5000m

15:22.00

27:45.00

10000m

32:15.00

2:19:00

Marathon

2:45:00

8:32.00

3000m Steeplechase

9:42.00

13.48

100m/110m Hurdles

12.98

49.35

400m Hurdles

56.10

2.30

High Jump

1.94

5.70

Pole Vault

4.55

8.15

Long Jump

6.75

16.80

Triple Jump

14.10

20.50

Shot Put

17.75

65.00

Discus Throw

61.20

76.00

Hammer Throw

71.00

83.00

Javelin Throw

61.40

8100

Combined Events

6200

1:24:00

20km Race Walk

1:36:00

4:06:00

50km Race Walk

4:06:00

Top 8 at IWR + 8 from top lists

4x100m

Top 8 at IWR + 8 from top lists

Top 8 at IWR + 8 from top lists

4x100m

Top 8 at IWR + 8 from top lists



These standards must read in conjunction with the requirements set out in Section 2 of Athletics Australia’s 2017 World Championships Selection Policy. Different qualification periods exist for different events. For details CLICK HERE.

A number of athletes will now be targeting these marks throughout the next month in the lead-up to the Australian Athletics Championships.

Morgan Mitchell (Vic) is one Australian athlete who has already achieved her qualifying time in her chosen event. The 2016 Australian champion and Rio Olympic relay finalist clocked 51.96 secs for the 400m at the Hunter Track Classic in late January.

Damien Birkinhead (Vic), too has satisfied the required mark in his chosen event, shotput. The 23-year-old threw 20.52m at Athletics Victoria’s Throws Challenge in January, 2cm above the required London 2017 mark. Birkinhead’s PB of 21.21m was set in Hobart last year.

Due to the exhausting nature of competition Cedric Dubler’s (Qld) 8114 points he set in the decathlon at last year’s nationals fits within the time frame allowed for decathlon and heptathlon world championships qualification.

Fabrice Lapierre (NSW) holds ‘IAAF Status Qualification’ after he came first at last year’s Diamond League series.

Competition for places will be hot in the longer distance events and walks, where Liam Adams (Vic), Jeff Hunt (NSW) and Michael Shelley (Qld) all have times under the 2:19:00 required marathon qualification.

Likewise in the women’s marathon, where as it currently stands eight Australians hold qualifying times led by Lisa Weightman (Vic), Milly Clark (NSW), Jess Trengove (SA) among others while a further four women hold status qualifications.

Jared Tallent (SA) and Chris Erickson (Vic) have satisfied the qualification times after their Rio Olympic performances in the 50km walk, just as Rhydian Cowley (Vic) and Dane Bird-Smith (Qld) and Tallent again have in the 20km walk as well.

Regan Lamble (Vic), Beki Smith (ACT), Tanya Holliday (SA), Rachel Tallent (ACT), Claire Tallent (SA) and Stephanie Stigwood (Tas) will be fighting for limited positions within the Australian team heading to London after posting valid qualification times in the women’s 20km walk.

Lamble and Bird-Smith’s selection to the team is likely after they both took the win in the Australian 20km walk championships on the weekend.

The qualification process for the World Para-Athletics Championships, to also be held in London this northern hemisphere summer, has also been published by Athletics Australia.

The Selection Policy for this event is available for download by clicking here.

Automatic selection is available to those athletes who won gold at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships or the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in an individual event, with other athletes targeting at least two standards, either Athletics Australia ‘A’ or ‘B’,  for their disability class to be considered.

 

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