National governing body amends standards to reflect IAAF changes but marathon, women’s 20km race walk and men’s 50km race walk marks remain higher than those set by the world governing body
British Athletics has confirmed the changes to its qualification standards for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio following amendments to marks announced by the IAAF last week.
On Thursday (December 10) the world governing body announced that the entry standards for 17 events at the Rio Games had been eased and changes included taking the IAAF men’s marathon qualifying time from 2:17:00 to 2:19:00 and the women’s time from 2:42:00 to 2:45:00, plus the men’s 800m time from 1:45.80 to 1:46.00 and the women’s from 2:01.00 to 2:01.50.
On Monday (December 14) British Athletics confirmed that it would also be amending some selection standards to match those changes, however the national governing body’s standards for the marathon events, the women’s 20km race walk and the men’s 50km race walk remain higher than those set by the IAAF.
British Athletics’ qualification standards for the marathon are still 2:14:00 and 2:31:00 respectively for the men’s and women’s events, while the women’s 20km race walk standard is 1:33:00 and the men’s 50km race walk standard is 4:02:00.
So far Scott Overall, Callum Hawkins, Sonia Samuels and Alyson Dixon have achieved British Athletics qualifying standards for the marathon, while Dominic King has achieved the qualifying mark in the 50km race walk.
As there were for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, there are single entry standards for each gender for Rio rather than ‘A’ and ‘B’ standards.
British Athletics qualification standards for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
*denotes a standard which is higher than the mark set by the IAAF for that event
|1:33:00*||20km race walk||1:24:00|
|-||50km race walk||4:02:00*|
Athletics action at Rio 2016 takes place from Friday August 12 to Sunday August 21.