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Protocol for Athletes who Establish American Records

Athletes who set an American Record in the events listed below must submit to doping control immediately following the event in which the record was established in order for the record to be ratified by USA Track & Field (USATF). USA Track & Field will accept results that are conducted by USADA within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event.   

If the event has doping control, the athlete must be tested immediately, but if the record occurs at an event (In the United States) where testing is not in place, then event organizers and/or athletes (or their representatives) must contact USADA immediately to request testing.  

If you anticipate that an American Record may be achieved at your event (in the United States) and doping control is not already in place, please contact USATF’s Chris Quetant via email at with advance notice that a record-attempt is being made.
If an American Record is set outside of the United States, athletes (or their representatives) must notify the event directors to coordinate a request to be tested immediately by a WADA-accredited testing agency. In the case of a relay event, all competing relay team members must be tested. USA Track & Field will cover the costs of doping control tests for events that are recognized by the IAAF as World Record events, and the invoice as well as results should be submitted to the USA Track & Field National Office.

Events Subject to Testing – American Record drug testing requirements apply only to open events.  Doping control is not required for the ratification of American Junior Records, American Youth Records or American Masters Records.

50m, 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1000m, 1500m ,One Mile, 3000m, 5000m, 50m Hurdles, 60m Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Pentathlon (women), Heptathlon (men), 3000m Race Walk (women), 5000m Race Walk (men), 4x200m Relay, 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1000m, 1500m, One Mile, 2000m, 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m, 20,000m, One Hour, 25,000m, 30,000m, 3000m Steeplechase, 100m Hurdles (women), 110m Hurdles (men), 400m Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw, Heptathlon (women), Decathlon (men), 10,000m Race Walk (women), 20,000m Race Walk, 30,000m Race Walk (men), 50,000m Race Walk (men), 4x100m Relay, 4x200m Relay, 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay, 4x1500m Relay

5km, 10km, 15km, 20km, One Hour, Half Marathon, 25km, 30km, Marathon, 20km Race Walk, 50km Race walk (men)

In the cases of NCAA athletes, results are conducted by Drug Free Sport – keeping in mind that there are differences between the WADA Prohibited List and NCAA Banned Drugs.  For more information on NCAA Banned Drugs and anti-doping policies, please visit


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