Today the IAAF announced that they have relaxed the Olympic entry standards, bumping 14 American track athletes into qualifying marks.
This means we are all closer to being Olympians.
“At the IAAF Council Meeting on 26 November, changes to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games entry standards in 17 events were approved.
The International Olympic Committee have since been notified.
In April 2015, the IAAF Council approved the entry standards but allowed for a review following the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 where a similar system of qualification and similar standards were used.
Resulting from the experience of these championships, the Technical Delegates proposed some amendments to the Rio 2016 Olympic Gamesentry standards, which have been accepted by all parties.
The aim is to have more athletes achieving the standard and therefore, to get closer to the target number of participants.”
In addition the new standards provide Americans with 52 new marathoners who have run fast enough to be considered for the Olympics. See the full list of revised standards here.
Revised times in BOLD
|1:36:00||20km race walk||1:24:00|
|50km race walk||4:06:00|
So all the guys are .2 seconds closer to going to Rio in the 800, providing we can get top three at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Easy peezy.
Which event do you think will be impacted most at trials now that more people have the standards? Are we in for a ton of sit and kick races? Which do you prefer? Let us know either in the comments or by contributing to the site!