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Qualifying Standards

World Championships Qualifying Standards and Qualifying Windows

  • 10,000m, Race Walk, Relays and Combined Events – Begins January 1, 2012 – July 20, 2013  Race Walk standards must be met on an IAAF approved course.  Click the following links for approved courses: 2012 | 2013.
  • All other individual track and field events – October 1, 2012 – July 20, 2013. Please remember that when chasing the  qualifying mark  only athletes in the top 4 may chase.
  • Marathon– USATF will use a timed list from competitions held between October 6, 2012 – May 5, 2013 for the selection of the marathon athletes.  See detailed information under Marathon Selection Procedures.

Entry Standards

Approved by IAAF Council - March 2012 and November 2012

A Standard B Standard A Standard B Standard
10.15 10.21 100m 11.28 11.36
20.52 20.60 200m 23.05 23.30
45.28 45.60 400m 51.55 52.35
1:45.30 1:46.20 800m 2:00.00 2:01.50
3:35.00 3:37.00 1500m 4:05.50 4:09.00
13:15.00 13:20.00 5000m 15:18.00 15:24.00
27:40.00 28:05.00 10,000m 31:45:00 32:05:00
2:17:00 Marathon 2:43:00
8:26.00 8:32.00 3000m SC 9:43.00 9:48.00
13.40 13.50 110m H / 100m H 12.94 13.10
49.40 49.60 400m H 55.40 56.55
2.31 2.28 High Jump 1.95 1.92
5.70 5.60 Pole Vault 4.60 4.50
8.25 8.10 Long Jump 6.75 6.65
17.20 16.85 Triple Jump 14.40 14.20
20.60 20.10 Shot Put 18.30 17.20
66.00 64.00 Discus Throw 62.00 59.50
79.00 76.00 Hammer Throw 72.00 69.50
83.50 81.00 Javelin Throw 62.00 60.00
8200 8000 Decathlon / Heptathlon 6100 5950
1:24:00 1:26:00 20km Race Walk 1:36:00 1:38:00
4:02:00 4:16:00 50km Race Walk
39:20 4x100m 44.00
3:05:00 4x400m 3:33:00


  • Performances must be achieved during competitions organized or authorized by the IAAF, its Area Associations or its Member Federations. Thus, results achieved at university or school competitions must be certified by the Member Federation of the country in which the competition was organized (for Race Walks, Marathons and Relays, see hereunder).
  • Performances must be achieved during an official competition organized in conformity with IAAF Rules.
  • Performances achieved in mixed events between male and female participants (see Rule 147) will only be accepted under the following circumstances:
    • For all field events and races of 5000m and over held completely in the stadium the results will be:
      1. Automatically accepted if achieved at National Permit competitions
      2. Accepted only with the Area Association's approval if achieved at competitions under IAAF Rule 1.1 (i) and (j)
      3. Never accepted if achieved at competitions conducted under IAAF Rule 1.1 (a) to (h)
      4. For road races (marathons and race walks) the results will always be accepted
  • Wind-assisted performances shall not be accepted.
  • Hand-timed performances in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 110m/100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles and 4x100m relay shall not be accepted.
  • Indoor performances for all field events and for races of 200m and longer, shall be accepted.
  • For the running events of 200m and longer, performances achieved on oversized tracks shall not be accepted.
  • In the case of race walks, track performances (20,000m or 50,000m) shall be accepted.
  • Marathons

    Only performances achieved at Marathon Races that respect the following criteria are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards:

    1. the course is (or will be) measured prior to the race by an IAAF/AIMS Grade “A” or “B” International Road Race Course Measurer
    2. the measurement certificate must have been established no more than 5 years before the date of the race;
    3. the overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1m per km.

    Click here for a list of approved marathon courses.

    Marathon races conducted at competitions held under IAAF Rule 1.1 a), b), c), f) and g) will not be listed, however the results will be valid for the purpose of entry standards.

    In addition, the top 10 finishers at the IAAF Gold Label Marathons (in 2012 and in 2013) held within the qualification period will also be considered as having achieved the “A” Standard (the list of the Gold Label Marathons for 2012 and 2013 is published on the IAAF Website).

  • Race Walk Events
    • Performances achieved at Race Walk Events staged at International Competitions defined under IAAF Rule 1.1 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) or (j) are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards providing the following conditions (where applicable) are respected:
      1. the course is (or will be) measured by an IAAF/AIMS Grade “A” or “B” International Road Race Course Measurer;
      2. a minimum of 3 International or Area Race Walking Judges are on duty.

    Click the following links for a list of approved Race Walk courses: 2012 | 2013.

  • 10,000m – The Top 15 athletes finishing in the senior Men’s and senior Women’s races at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships are considered to have achieved the A Standard for the World Championships.

  • Combined Events – The Top three in the 2012 Men’s and Women’s IAAF Combined Events Challenge are considered to have achieved the A Standard for the World Championships.


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