IAAF World Championships standards released by national governing body match those approved by the IAAF for all events except the marathon and men’s 50km race walk

The British Athletics selection policy documents for both the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships London 2017 have been published by the national governing body.

The selection policy for the World Para Athletics Championships, to be held in London between July 14-23, can be found here.

The selection policy for the IAAF World Championships, held between August 4-13, can be found here.

The IAAF World Championships selection policy document states: “British Athletics wish to capitalise on the once in a generation opportunity of hosting the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London by selecting a large and competitive team to help inspire the next generation of British track and field stars.”

For the IAAF World Championships, British Athletics’ qualification standards match those approved by the IAAF for all events except the marathon and men’s 50km race walk. The IAAF standards can be found listed here. British Athletics’ marathon standards are 2:16:00 and 2:36:00 for men and women respectively, while the men’s 50km race walk standard is 4:00:00.

As per IAAF’s rule, “home nation” places, with a maximum of one per event, are allocated to British Athletics in track and road events for which no British athlete has achieved a qualification standard, however this does not also apply for field and combined events. British Athletics states that IAAF invites will also be accepted, provided the athletes concerned “have current form/fitness”.

The first two athletes ‘past the post’ at the relevant trials will be automatically selected, provided they have also achieved at least one qualification standard in that event. Reigning world champions and 2016 IAAF Diamond League winners will also
be automatically selected.

British Athletics’ “strategic aims” regarding the IAAF World Championships are four-fold:
1. to maximise the team’s potential to win medals in London.
2. to maximise the number of British athletes making finals in London.
3. to maximise the representation of athletes across events in London.
4. to maximise the potential for medals in Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

For the World Para Athletics Championships, the “strategic aims” of the British team are said to be three-fold:
1. to maximise the team’s potential to win medals in London.
2. to maximise the number of British athletes making finals in London.
3. to maximise the potential for medals in Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

The teams are set to be announced on June 6 for the World Para Athletics Championships and July 11 for the IAAF World Championships, with marathon runners and 50km race walkers named after April 25.

Callum Hawkins, who broke the Scottish half-marathon record with 60:00 at the weekend, has been pre-selected for the marathon, the event in which he placed ninth at the Rio Olympic Games last year.