Entry standards for 17 events at the 2016 Olympics have been eased by the sport’s world governing body

The entry standards for 17 events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been eased by the IAAF, the world governing body announced on Thursday (December 10).

Changes include taking the 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. The men’s triple jump qualifying standard is now 16.85m from 16.90m and the women’s 14.15m from 14.20m.

All the changes can be found listed in the below table, indicated by *. The previous standards, which were announced in April, can be found here.

It is up to member federations to decide whether their entry standards will also be amended to reflect the IAAF entry standard changes and UK Athletics are yet to confirm whether they will be adopting the eased standards in those 17 events.

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.

Rio 2016 entry standards (updated November 26, 2015)
9:45.003000m steeplechase8:30.00*
13.00100/110m hurdles13.47
56.20400m hurdles49.40
1.93*High jump2.29
4.50Pole vault5.70
6.70Long jump8.15
14.15*Triple jump16.85*
17.75*Shot put20.50
1:36:00*20km race walk1:24:00
-50km race walk4:06:00*
Top 8 at World Relays 
+ invite
4x100m relayTop 8 at World Relays 
+ invite
Top 8 at World Relays 
+ invite
4x400m relayTop 8 at World Relays 
+ invite

“In April 2015, the IAAF Council approved the entry standards but allowed for a review following the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 where a similar system of qualification and similar standards were used,” read an IAAF statement.

“Resulting from the experience of these championships, the technical delegates proposed some amendments to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games entry standards, which have been accepted by all parties.

“The aim is to have more athletes achieving the standard and therefore, to get closer to the target number of participants.”

Further details of the qualification system and revised standards can be found here.

Athletics action at Rio 2016 takes place from Friday August 12 to Sunday August 21.