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Athlete Funding

An allocation of funds will be provided to athletes who meet the funding criteria below. Funding is not based on qualifying standards. Athletes will receive funding to help defray their expenses if they have met one of the following criteria:

  • An athlete who is ranked in the top 50 in the world, according to the 2011 IAAF Performance List as of 12/31/11, and/or athletes who are ranked Top 4 in the US, according to the 2011 Track & Field News List as of 12/31/11, who have met the Olympic Trials “automatic” qualifying mark in the same event during the Olympic Trials qualifying period (May 1, 2011 - 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; will receive $1,000. The athlete must compete in the Olympic Trials to receive funding. These athletes will receive funds prior to the start of their event at packet pick-up. However, if an athlete decides not to compete in the Olympic Trials these funds must be returned to USATF.
  • Athletes whose entry into the Olympic Trials is based solely on the "automatic qualification" marks are not eligible to receive funding based on the automatic qualification unless they also have met the criteria listed above.
  • The top 12 finishers at the Olympic Trials who were not previously qualified for funding based on their 2011 performance will receive $1,000. These athletes will receive their checks after drug testing results from the Olympic Trials have been received and confirmed.

Athletes who have questions or concerns regarding travel funding or those who have experienced extreme hardship (i.e. catastrophic injury, maternity, personal tragedy/financial circumstances, etc…in 2011) may contact Sariyu Beka Suggs, USATF at 317-713-4689 or via email at

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