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In the Olympic year, multiple Operation Gold Awards will be paid to qualifying athletes.  Teams and individuals must finish in one of the top-three places at the Olympic Games to qualify for Operation Gold Awards.
In non-Olympic years, Operation Gold Awards are limited to one award per athlete in a program year; athletes who qualify for more than one award automatically receive the higher award.  Individuals must finish in one of the top eight places, while teams must finish in one of the top six places at the qualifying event in order to qualify for Operation Gold Awards in non-Olympic years.
All relay team participants placing in the qualifying event qualify. The payment scale varies each year.
The 2017 Operation Gold qualifying event for USATF is the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England, August 5-13, 2017.

Place 2017-Award
1st $6,250
2nd $5,000
3rd $4,375
4th $3,750
5th $3,125
6th $3,125
7th $2,500
8th $2,500


  • Athletes who qualify for this award will be notified by USATF via email.  The email will provide details on the process, form (2017 Certification for Operation Gold Award), and deadline to complete/submit form to receive this award.

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