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Qualifying Standards

Qualifying Windows

  • 10,000m, Marathon, Race Walk, Relays and Combined Events – Begins January 1, 2014 – August 9, 2015.  Race Walk and Marathon standards must be met on an IAAF approved course.  Click the following links for approved courses: Race Walk 2014 and 2015.  Marathon Certified and approved courses 2014 and 2015

  • All other individual track and field events – October 1, 2014 – August 9, 2015. 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.

Entry Standards

Women Event Men
11.33 100m 10.16
23.20 200m 20.50
52.00 400m 45.50
2:01.00 800m 1:46.00
15:20.00 5000m 13:23.00
32:00.00 10,000m 27:45.00
2:44:00 Marathon 2:18:00
9:44.00 3000m steeplechase 8:28.00
13.00 100/110m hurdles 13.47
56.20 400m hurdles 49.50
1.94 High jump 2.28
4.50 Pole vault 5.65
6.70 Long jump 8.10
14.20 Triple jump 16.90
17.75 Shot put 20.45
61.00 Discus 65.00
70.00 Hammer 76.00
61.00 Javelin 82.00
6075 Heptathlon* -
- Decathlon* 8075
1:36.00 20km race walk* 1:25:00
- 50km race walk* 4:06:00
Top 8 at IWR 
+ 8 from top lists
4x100m relay Top 8 at IWR 
+ 8 from top lists
Top 8 at IWR 
+ 8 from top lists
4x400m relay Top 8 at IWR 
+ 8 from top lists
Approved November 2014


  • Performances must be achieved during competitions organized or authorized by the IAAF, its Area Associations or its Member Federations (for Race Walks and Marathons see hereunder).
  • Performances must be achieved during an official competition organized in conformity with IAAF Rules    
  • Performances achieved in mixed competitions in track events will not be accepted.  Exceptionally, in accordance with IAAF Rule 147, performances achieved in events of 5000m and 10,000m may be accepted in circumstances where there were insufficient athletes of one or both genders competing to justify the conduct of separate races and there was no pacing or assistance given by an athlete(s) of one gender to an athlete(s) of the other gender.
  • 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.


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

b) For all other Marathon races, only performances achieved on courses that respect the following criteria are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards:

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

The list of marathon courses that meet the above criteria can be found on the IAAF website: 2014 and 2015. It is the responsibility of Member Federations and Organizers to make sure that a proper measurement is conducted by an IAAF/AIMS approved Grade A or B International Measurer and that the measurement report is sent to the relevant Area Measurement Administrator for the certificate to be issued, before the race is conducted.

c) In addition, the top 10 finishers at the IAAF Gold Label Marathons (in 2014 and in   2015) held within the qualification period will also be considered as having achieved the Entry Standard (the list of the Gold Label Marathons for 2014 and 2015 is published on the IAAF Website).

Race Walk Events

a) 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:

  • the course is (or will be) measured by an IAAF/AIMS Grade “A” or “B” International Road Race Course Measurer;
  • a minimum of 3 International or Area Race Walking Judges are on duty.

b) Performances achieved at International Competitions defined under IAAF Rule 1.1 (i), or at National Competitions, are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards ONLY if the Member Federation concerned submits a specific application to the IAAF.  The 2014 list of current qualifying race walk competitions can be found on the IAAF website.

USA Track & Field recognizes an Area Champion as having the entry standard regardless of whether the standard has been attained if an Area Championships is conducted in the NACAC Area in 2015.

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