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Protocol for Athletes who Establish American Records

As of May 1,2014 – athletes who set an American Record in the events listed in 2014 USATF Competition Handbook must submit to doping control immediately following the event where 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 (or Drug Free Sport in cases of NCAA athletes) 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 (on American soil) where testing is not in place, then event organizers and/or athletes (or their representatives) must contact USADA to request testing. If an American Record is achieved at your event and doping control is not already in place, please contact USATF’s Talia Mark at 317-661.7376 or The cost for testing is covered by the athlete’s national federation, or in the case of American records, by USA Track & Field. If USADA is conducting the test, they are aware of the payment plan and will bill USATF directly.

If this occurs internationally – athletes (or their representatives) must notify the event directors to coordinate a request to be tested 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 can be found on pages 143-146 of the 2014 USATF Competition Guide.

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