Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Qualification

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For the athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics competitions, the following qualification systems are in place. Qualification will end on 29 June 2020.

Qualifying standards[edit]

A National Olympic Committee (NOC) may enter up to 3 qualified athletes in each individual event if all athletes meet the entry standard during the qualifying period. An NOC may also enter a maximum of 1 qualified relay team per event. Under the universality rule, NOCs may enter athletes regardless of time (1 athlete per sex) if they have no athletes meeting the entry standard. This makes it possible for every nation to have a minimum of two representatives in the sport.[1][2]

The qualifying system for 2020 saw fundamental changes from previous Olympic qualifying systems. Where 2016 qualification and previous editions were based on set qualifying times, 2020 qualification is primarily based on world ranking. The IAAF continues to set qualifying times, but these are "set for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with exceptional performances unable to qualify through the IAAF World Rankings pathway." The number of entrants per event is capped, with different caps for different events varying from 24 athletes for the combined events to 80 athletes for the marathons.[1][2]

The IAAF world rankings are based on the average of the best five results for the athlete over the qualifying period. The results are weighted by the importance of the meet.[3]

The qualifying time standards and may be obtained in various meets during the given period that have the approval of the IAAF. The qualifying period for the 10,000 m, marathon, walks, and combined events is from 1 January 2019 to 29 June 2020 and for the remaining events, from 1 May 2019 to 29 June 2020. The most recent Area Championships may be counted in the ranking even if not during the qualifying period, if they would be among the top five results for that athlete.[2]

For the relays, a maximum of sixteen qualified NOCs shall be entitled to each event. The top eight teams in each event at the 2019 World Championships in Athletics (held in Doha from 28 September–6 October 2019) guaranteed a spot on their respective NOCs for the Olympics. The remaining half in each event are selected according to IAAF World Ranking List as of 29 June 2020 based on the aggregate of the 2 fastest times achieved by NOCs during the given period.[2]

NOCs with more than three qualified athletes in an individual event may select, using their own rules, athletes from among those qualified. For example, the United States selects athletes based on the result of the 2020 United States Olympic Trials event, but has a policy of entering every athlete so qualified. Sweden only enters athletes good enough to reach at least the eighth position, based on an assessment by the Swedish NOC.

Athletes must have been born before 1 January 2005 (that, be at least 16 years old at the end of 2020) to compete. Youth athletes (born in 2003 or 2004, age 16 or 17 at the end of 2020) cannot compete in the throwing events, combined events, marathons, race walks, or 10,000 metre events. Junior athletes (born in 2001 or 2002, age 18 or 19 at the end of 2020) cannot compete in the marathons or the 50 kilometre race walk.[2]

Entry standards[edit]

IAAF ufficialized entry standards on 10 March 2019.[4]

Men Event Women
10.05 100m 11.15
20.24 200m 22.80
44.90 400m 51.35
1:45.20 800m 1:59.50
3:35.00 1500m 4:04.20
13:13.50 5000m 15:10.00
27:28.00 10,000m 31:25.00
13.32 110m Hurdles / 100m Hurdles 12.84
48.90 400m Hurdles 55.40
8:22.00 3000m Steeplechase 9:30.00
2.33 High Jump 1.96
5.80 Pole Vault 4.70
8.22 Long Jump 6.82
17.14 Triple Jump 14.32
21.10 Shot Put 18.50
66.00 Discus Throw 63.50
77.50 Hammer Throw 72.50
85.00 Javelin Throw 64.00
8350 Decathlon / Heptathlon 6420
1:21:00 20km Race Walk 1:31:00
3:50:00 50km Race Walk
2:11:30 Marathon 2:29:30

Track events[edit]

Men's track events[edit]

Men's 100 m[edit]

Does not include indoor achievements

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 56

Men's 200 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 56

Men's 400 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 48

Men's 800 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 48

Men's 1500 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 45

Men's 5000 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 42

Men's 10,000 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 27:28.00 2  Ethiopia Nibret Melak
Chala Regasa
 Kenya Vedic Kipkoech
 Uganda Stephen Kissa
World ranking
Total 27

Men's 110 m hurdles[edit]

Do not include indoor achievements

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 40

Men's 400 m hurdles[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 40

Men's 3000 m steeplechase[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 45

Women's track events[edit]

Women's 100 m[edit]

Does not include indoor achievements

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 56

Women's 200 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 56

Women's 400 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 48

Women's 800 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 48

Women's 1500 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 45

Women's 5000 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 42

Women's 10,000 m[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 31:25.00
World ranking
Total 27

Women's 100 m hurdles[edit]

Does not include indoor achievements

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 40

Women's 400 m hurdles[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 40

Women's 3000 m steeplechase[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 45

Road events[edit]

Men's road events[edit]

Men's marathon[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 2:11:30 3  Ethiopia TBD
3  Japan TBD
3  Kenya TBD
3  Morocco TBD
2  Bahrain Alemu Bekele
Benson Seurei
2  South Africa Stephen Mokoka
Desmond Mokgobu
 Eritrea Okubay Tsegay Gebretnsae
 France Hassan Chahdi
 Israel Marhu Teferi
 Mexico Juan Pacheco
 Switzerland Tadesse Abraham
 Tanzania Alphonce Simbu
World ranking
Total 80

Men's 20 km walk[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 1:21:00 3  China TBD
3  Japan TBD
3  Russia TBD
2  Australia Dane Alex Bird-Smith
Rhydian Cowley
 India Irfan Kolothum Thodi
 Kazakhstan Georgiy Sheiko
 South Korea Choe Byung-kwang
 Sweden Perseus Karlström
World ranking
Total 60

Men's 50 km walk[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 3:50:00 3  China TBD
 Italy Teodorico Caporaso
 Finland Aku Partanen
 Norway Håvard Haukenes
 Poland Rafał Augustyn
World ranking
Total 60

Women's road events[edit]

Women's marathon[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 2:29:30 3  Bahrain Monica Jepkoech
Merima Mohammed
Desi Jisa Mokonin
3  Ethiopia TBD
3  Japan TBD
3  Kenya TBD
 Australia Ellie Pashley
 Belarus Volha Mazuronak
 Canada Rachel Cliff
 China Li Zhixuan
 Italy Sara Dossena
 Namibia Helalia Johannes
 South Korea Ahn Seul-ki
World ranking
Total 80

Women's 20 km walk[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 1:31:00 3  China TBD
3  Russia TBD
2  Australia Katie Hayward
Jemima Montag
2  Colombia Sandra Arenas
Sandra Galvis
2  Japan Nanako Fujii
Kumiko Okada
2  Peru Kimberly García León
Leyde Guerra
 Spain María Pérez
World ranking
Total 60

Field events[edit]

Men's field events[edit]

Men's long jump[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Men's triple jump[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Men's high jump[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Men's pole vault[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Men's shot put[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Men's discus throw[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Men's hammer throw[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Men's javelin throw[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's field events[edit]

Women's long jump[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's triple jump[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's high jump[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's pole vault[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's shot put[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's discus throw[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's hammer throw[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Women's javelin throw[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – TBD
World ranking
Total 32

Combined events[edit]

Men's decathlon[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 8350
World ranking
Total 24

Women's heptathlon[edit]

Qualification standard No. of athletes NOC Nominated athletes
Entry standard – 6420
World ranking
Total 24

Relay events[edit]

Men's 4 × 100 m relay[edit]

Qualification standard No. of teams Qualified teams
2019 World Championships in Athletics 8
IAAF World Ranking List
(as of June 29, 2020)
8

Men's 4 × 400 m relay[edit]

Qualification standard No. of teams Qualified teams
2019 World Championships in Athletics 8
IAAF World Ranking List
(as of June 29, 2020)
8

Women's 4 × 100 m relay[edit]

Qualification standard No. of teams Qualified teams
2019 World Championships in Athletics 8
IAAF World Ranking List
(as of June 29, 2020)
8

Women's 4 × 400 m relay[edit]

Qualification standard No. of teams Qualified teams
2019 World Championships in Athletics 8
IAAF World Ranking List
(as of June 29, 2020)
8

Mixed 4 × 400 m relay[edit]

Qualification standard No. of teams Qualified teams
2019 World Championships in Athletics 8
IAAF World Ranking List
(as of June 29, 2020)
8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Qualification system for Tokyo 2020 Olympics published by IAAF". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "IAAF COUNCIL APPROVES OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION SYSTEM AND ENTRY STANDARDS". IAAF. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ "IAAF to follow other sports with world ranking system for athletes". 7 March 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ "QUALIFICATION SYSTEM – GAMES OF THE XXXII OLYMPIAD – TOKYO 2020" (PDF) (in Italian). atleticalive.it. Retrieved 11 March 2019.