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Athlete Selection Procedures

Philosophy – These selection procedures are designed to enable athletes to select themselves for individual events to assemble a U. S. Team that can achieve the best possible results at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Track & Field Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select athletes for the U.S. Team for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Athletics (“World Championships”) in individual events:

  1. The athlete's rank order of place finish in an event at the 2015 U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the 2014 Men’s 50km Race Walk Championships, (collectively, the “Trials”).
  2. Whether athletes have achieved the applicable IAAF qualifying standard per the entry criteria below.
  3. See special Marathon and 50km Race Walk criteria below.


NOTETie Break Procedures 

USATF may, in its discretion, enter up to four (4) competitors in each individual event for the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Up to three (3) athletes in each event will be allowed to travel with the Team and compete at the World Championships subject to the following criteria. Please note additional athletes may be entered and travel with the team per the criteria below.

  • Automatic Qualification:
  1. The top three (3) finishers, in Performance Rank Order at the Trials will automatically select themselves to the USATF team for the World Championships (the “Team”), provided that (a) each has, by August 9, 2015, achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard. If all three have, by August 9, 2015, achieved the IAAF Qualifying Standard then the fourth ranked order finisher shall serve as the alternate, provided that he or she has, by August 9, 2015 achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard.  All finishers in events at the Trials, who have not achieved the IAAF World Championships Qualifying Standard for that event, may “chase” the standard after the Trials.
  2. A reigning World Champion who competes at the Trials receives an automatic wild-card bye into the World Championships for the event in which he or she is the reigning World Champion, whether or not he or she has achieved the corresponding entry standard. These athletes are not required to compete in the same event in which they are reigning World Champions at the Trials in order to receive the wild-card bye. In events in which a USATF athlete is the reigning World Champion, USATF may, in its discretion, and subject to the applicable rules and regulations (including these Selection Procedures), enter up to five (5) athletes in the World Championships, including up to four (4) athletes who will be allowed to travel and compete with the Team at the World Championships.
  3. A 2014 Diamond League Champion who competes at the Trials, in events in which the reigning World Champion is not a USATF athlete who competes in the Trials, will receive an automatic wild-card bye into the IAAF World Championships for the event in which he or she is the 2014 Diamond League Champion, whether or not he or she has achieved the corresponding entry standard. These athletes are not required to compete in the same event in which they are the Diamond League Champion at the Trials in order to receive the wild-card bye. In events in which a USATF athlete is the 2014 Diamond League Champion and the reigning World Champion is not a US athlete who competes in the USA Championships, USATF may, in its discretion, and subject to the applicable rules and regulations (including these Selection Procedures), enter up to five (5) athletes in the World Championships, including up to four (4) athletes who will be allowed to travel and compete with the Team at the World Championships.


  • Other Qualification:
  1. If any finishers have not achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard from the beginning of the applicable IAAF qualifying period through the completion of their respective events at the National Championships, but achieves the needed IAAF Qualifying Standard on or before August 9, 2015, 12:00 midnight Pacific Time such athlete(s) must provide adequate evidence of his or her qualifying performance in order for that performance to be accepted for qualification for the U. S. Team.  Results information must be received by USATF by said deadline at both the following e-mail addresses: sandy.snow@usatf.org and stats@usatf.org.  Please note that while USATF will be searching for this information, it is up to the athlete/agent or coach to provide the information to USATF concerning the achievement of the IAAF Qualifying Standard.  Information must reach sandy.snow@usatf.org and stats@usatf.org as soon as the standard is met but no later than 12:00 midnight Pacific Time on August 9, 2015. Due to the entries being due on August 10, it is the responsibility of the athlete/agent/coach to notify USATF no later than August 9th of their mark. USATF will not enter anyone that has not followed these procedures.
  2. If after August 9, 2015 12:00 midnight Pacific Time, there remain places on the USATF team or alternate positions USATF may, in its discretion, in rank order of finish at the Trials, enter athletes and/or designate athletes as alternates based on their having achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard.
  3. If no U.S. athletes achieve the IAAF Qualifying Standard in a given event during the qualifying period, USATF will enter no athletes in that event, unless an athlete is exempt from qualifying because he or she is the reigning World Champion or Diamond League Champion.
  4. In each event, the rank order of the finish at the Trials shall determine the eligibility of an athlete to compete or be designated an alternate at the IAAF World Championships.
  5. In some events, the IAAF may invite athletes based on the IAAF ranking lists in order to reach the target number of competitors for each event as listed by the IAAF for the 2015 IAAF World Championships. USATF shall accept any invitations extended to U.S. athletes if such acceptance does not displace an athlete who has finished ahead of the invited athlete(s) at the Trials and who has met the qualifying standard or who is also in a position to receive an IAAF invitation.  In the event that one or more of the top three placers in the Trials has not met the qualifying standard but has a performance that appears to be good enough to warrant an invitation based on the ranking list and number of known qualifiers, USATF may solicit an invitation from the IAAF for that athlete(s) notwithstanding that other U.S. athletes have met the qualifying standard.  The intent is that, to the extent possible, the order of finish at the U. S. Championships shall determine whether an athlete competes in the World Championships.   There will be no invitations through the use of the ranking lists in the 5,000m, 10,000m, race walk and marathon.



Marathon Selection Criteria

Three men (IAAF World Championships Men’s Marathon) and three women (IAAF World Championships Women’s Marathon) shall be selected to represent Team USA at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.  Note:  IAAF Qualifying Standards for the marathons must be met on IAAF approved course list.  2014 | 2015 

Marathon athletes for Team USA for the 2015 IAAF World Championships shall be selected as follows:

  1. One man and one woman from among the top-five finishers at the 2014 USATF Marathon Championships (Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon) on October 5, 2014, will be selected for Team USA, providing that the athletes meet the IAAF Qualification Standards
  2. One Man and one woman from the top-five U.S. finishers at the 2015 USATF Marathon Championships (LA Marathon) shall be selected for Team USA, providing they have achieved the IAAF Qualifying Standard prior to the LA Marathon.  Since LA isn’t an IAAF eligible course, athletes will need to have achieved the IAAF Standard on an eligible course between July 1, 2014 and April 26, 2015.
  3. One man and one woman from the U. S. marathon performance list from July 1, 2014 through April 26, 2015 shall be selected for Team USA, providing they have achieved the IAAF Qualifying Standard.



50km Race Walk Selection Criteria

The athlete's rank order of place finish at the Men’s 50k Race Walk National Championship held December 14, 2014 will be used to select the athletes who will represent Team USA in the 2015 IAAF World Championships  50km Race Walk.  Note:  These athletes may chase the 50km IAAF Qualifying Standard only until June 28, 2015. 

Relays

Up to six (6) athletes may be entered as members of each relay pool, into the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The four (4) athletes (including the alternate) entered in the respective individual events (100m and 400m) must be included in each pool. An athlete must compete in the Trials in order to be eligible for the relay pool, except in emergency situations where a waiver, based on medical or exceptional circumstances, may be given by USATF, at its sole discretion.

Other athletes may be eligible for the 2015 IAAF World Championships, due to being considered to have achieved the World Championships IAAF Standard. Note, however, it is up to USATF as to whether the following athletes are entered. 

  • 10,000m – The top 15 athletes finishing in the senior Men’s and senior Women’s races at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships are considered to have achieved the IAAF Qualifying Standard for the World Championships.
  • Area Champions – Athletes who win the NACAC Senior Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica on August 7-9, 2015 will be considered as having achieved the IAAF Qualifying Standard for the World Championships. 
  • Marathons - the top 10 finishers at the IAAF Gold Label Marathons held in the qualification period shall be considered as having the IAAF Qualifying Standard.


Other Requirements

  • Citizenship – To be a member of or alternate for the U.S. Team, an athlete must be a U.S. citizen who is eligible to represent USATF at the IAAF World Championships.
  • In addition, athletes must hold a U.S. Passport on July 30, 2015 that is valid until at least 6 months after the completion of the 2015 IAAF World Championships.
  • Athletes must have a visa to enter China. USATF will apply for visas for athletes who provide their passports during team sign-up at the 2015 U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Those who cannot provide their passports at this time will be responsible for getting their own visa for travel to China. For athletes needing to obtain their own visas, USATF will reimburse athletes the basic cost of the visa, but will not cover rush or special application fees.
  • To be a member of or alternate for the Team, an athlete must achieve the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard in a USATF, IAAF, IAAF Area Association, Collegiate or High School competition organized and listed on the pertinent sanctioning organization’s published calendar of events. The competition must be determined to be valid and acceptable for qualifying purposes under USATF and IAAF rules.
  • In order to be eligible to be a member of the Team, an athlete must be a USATF member in good standing at the time of the Trials and for the duration of the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

 

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