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2012 USOT - Qualifying Standards

Revision 5/22/12

Men   Women
Automatic (“A”) Provisional (“B”) Field Size & Rounds Event Automatic (“A”) Provisional (“B”) Field Size & Rounds
10.18 10.28 (32–3) 100m 11.29 11.40 (32-3)
20.55 20.75 (30–3) 200m 23.10 23.35 (30-3)
45.30* 46.00 (28–3) 400m 51.55* 52.65 (28-3)
1:46.50 1:48.30 (32–4) 800m 2:01.30 2:05.90 (32-4)
3:39.00 3:43.00 (30–3) 1,500m 4:12.93 4:17.00 (30-3)
13:33.00 13:50.00 (24–2) 5,000m 15:35.00 15:50.00 (24-2)
28:15.00 29:00.00 (24–1) 10,000m 32:45.00 34:00.00 (24-1)
1:36:00 none (15–1) 20k Race Walk 1:48.00 none (15-1)
4:45:00 none (15–1) 50k Race Walk      
13.52 13.99 (32–3) 110m Hurdles      
      100m Hurdles 13.00 13.30 (32-3)
49.50 50.95 (28–3) 400m Hurdles 56.00 57.80 (28-3)
8:32.00 8:45.00 (24–2) 3000m SC 9:55.00 10:15.00 (24-2)
2.28 2.20 (24–2) High Jump 1.87m 1.83m (24-2)
5.70 5.50 (24–2) Pole Vault 4.50m 4.30m (24-2)
8.05 7.80 (24–2) Long Jump 6.65m 6.35m (24-2)
16.66 15.80 (24–2) Triple Jump 13.75m 13.05m (24-2)
20.00 18.60 (24–2) Shot Put 17.90m 16.40m (24-2)
63.75 58.80 (24–2) Discus Throw 60.00m  56.00m (24-2)
72.00 64.00 (24–2) Hammer Throw 68.00m  63.00m (24-2)
77.00 70.00 (24–2) Javelin Throw 55.00m 50.50m (24-2)
      Heptathlon 5800 pts 5600 pts (18)
7900 pts 7600 pts (18) Decathlon      

*In accordance with the amendments made to the Olympic Games qualifying standards in November 2011 by the IAAF, the Men’s 400M qualifying standard has been adjusted from 45.25 to 45.30 and the Women’s 400M qualifying standard has been adjusted from 51.50 to 51.55.

The Sport Committee Chair will, and only where necessary, adjust the standards no later than 45 days prior to the competition, based on entries received up to that time.

Due to recent arbitration, USATF may have no “Automatic” standard that is superior to the Olympic “A” standard. Thus, “Automatic” standards were adjusted in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 110mH and 400mH. The number of rounds have also changed from 4 to 3 in the 100m, 200m and 110mH to coincide with the Olympic Games program, where those who achieve the “A” standard will advance directly to the quarter-final round.

The Men’s and Women’s T&F Chairs will handle all entry appeals up to 48 hours prior to the start of competition in each event. Thereafter, the Entry Appeals Committee, consisting of two Athletes Advisory Committee members, one Men’s T&F Committee member and one Women’s T&F Committee member will have the sole responsibility to handle entry appeals.

For each event, the approximate field size (not the minimum) and number of rounds are shown. Also shown are the Automatic (“A”) and the Provisional (“B”) Qualifying Standards that will be used for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

All verified entries who have met the “Automatic” standard within the prescribed period, shall be qualified to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Additional verified entries from the rank order list of those who have qualified with the “Provisional” standard, shall be invited to participate in the Trials only to the extent that the indicated field size has not been filled by those with the “Automatic” standard. An invitation will be extended to these additional persons based on verified entries in their performance rank order.


  1. All qualifying performances for the U.S. Olympic Trials must be attained on a standard outdoor track in the period Sunday, May 1, 2011 through Sunday, June 17, 2012, or on an indoor track, in the same event, in the period Sunday, January 1, 2012 through Sunday, June 17, 2012; except for the 10,000 meters, Decathlon & Heptathlon and 20km Race Walks, whose qualifying period is from Sunday, January 1, 2011 through Sunday, June 17, 2012. The qualifying performance for the men’s 50km Race Walk must be attained in the period Sunday January 1, 2010 through Sunday, January 7, 2012.
  2. Qualifying marks must be made in accordance with USATF Rule 149 and verifiable in one of the following:
    • USATF or IAAF sanctioned meets/events which prescribe to or exceed USATF competition rules, or
    • college meets/events which prescribe to or exceed USATF competition rules, or
    • high school meets but not dual or triangular meets.
    • meets or events which meet a minimum for competitiveness as set by the Chair of the Sport Committee and determined to be valid by the USATF staff member responsible for the verification and validity of marks.
  3. Hand times are acceptable only for those events in which the distance is equal to or greater than 800 meters. No timing allowance factor for qualifying shall be made for hand times. Hand times will be adjusted using USATF Rule 166-6 for the purposes of seeding.
  4. Wind-assisted performances will not be accepted for 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying.
  5. There will be no adjustment for marks made at altitude.
  6. Qualifying marks must be attained in a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials event. No qualifying marks will be allowed using alternate events, except for the men's Mile run as follows: An appeal to use a Mile qualifying mark for the 1500 will be accepted only if the mile mark was made during the 2012 season, from Sunday, January 1, 2012 through Sunday, June 17, 2012, and the mark is 3:54.00 or better.
  7. An Athlete must be U.S. citizen and eligible to represent the United States in international competition, as well as being a U.S. citizen on the date of Declaration for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in that event - this date being 48 hours prior to the first day of competition in the event.
  8. Athletes who have earned Automatic Qualification into the meet under USATF Rule 8 must follow all entry procedures and declarations procedures, and will be counted in that event’s field sizes by the seeding committee.
  9. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, the mark used for qualifying and the mark used for first round seeding might not be the same, as described per USATF Rule 166.1.(d).i. Each qualified entrant in each event should submit a 2012 season best (January 1, 2012 – June 17, 2012) performance, if one exists, whether it meets the qualifying standard or not. Seeding for the first round of competition is based, first, on all 2012 season performances in rank order, followed by any 2011 season performances, even if they do not meet the qualifying standard (Rule 166-1.(d) i ). Note that a 2011 season mark may qualify an individual into the competition, but will not be used for seeding purposes when a 2012 season mark exists.

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