The IAAF has approved several changes to its minimum qualification standards after a meeting of the IAAF Council held on November 26th 2015. In total 17 events have had their standards amended where it is now easier to qualify to the Olympics. These changes apply to any times or distances achieved during the qualification period which mean up to over 100 new athletes have now achieved the standard.
The biggest changes were in the men’s and women’s marathon where athletes now only need to run 2:19:00 and 2:45:00 respectively. These two events alone have led to the majority of new entrants. It is also good news for nations like Cameroon, Jordan, Luxembourg and Uruguay whom have now qualified their first athletes in athletics. Despite the new changes nations are still allowed to make tougher standards in their own internal qualification.
- IAAF. Amendments to entry standards for Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Access on December 10 2015.