Standards for 2016 World Indoors also released and next year’s Diamond League calendar approved

The entry standards for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the world governing body’s 198th council meeting in Beijing.

On the opening day of the meeting, 10 presentations were delivered by various IAAF committees and commissions, with entry standards for the 2016 Olympics and the IAAF World Indoor championships among them.

As for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, single entry standards for each gender have been announced rather than ‘A’ and ‘B’ standards. They include marks of 10.16 and 11.32 for the men’s and women’s 100m respectively, 28:00.00 and 32:15.00 for the men’s and women’s 10,000m respectively and 78.00m and 71.00m for the men’s and women’s hammer throw respectively.

UK Athletics will publish its own standards in due course and it is up to member federations to select athletes from those qualified.

Athletics action at Rio 2016 takes place from Friday August 12 to Sunday August 21. The full timetable was published by the IAAF in December.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games entry standards
9:45.003000m steeplechase8:28.00
13.00100/110m hurdles13.47
56.20400m hurdles49.40
1.94High jump2.29
4.50Pole vault5.70
6.70Long jump8.15
14.20Triple jump16.90
17.80Shot put20.50
1:35:0020km race walk1:24:00
-50km race walk*4:03:00
Top 8 at IWR 
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4x100m relayTop 8 at IWR 
+ 8 from top lists
Top 8 at IWR 
+ 8 from top lists
4x400m relayTop 8 at IWR 
+ 8 from top lists

In his opening speech to council, IAAF president Lamine Diack said: “The council meeting that brings us together today comes at a crucial stage, heralding as it does the fact that the most populous country on the planet, and the world’s second largest economic power, will soon host our flagship competition, the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015.

“The dual status that China thus enjoys today confirms to me how right was the decision to make a steadfast commitment to ensuring that our sport could be opened to emerging countries.

“This council meeting also comes on the eve of a historic development that will see a new president and a new team heading our institution after a 16-year term that I have had the honour of serving alongside a number of you.”

The timetable and entry standards for the IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held in Portland, USA, from March 18-20, 2016, can be found here.

The 2016 IAAF Diamond League calendar was also approved, opening with the Doha meeting on May 7 and ending with the finals in Zurich and Brussels on September 2 and 10 respectively.

Further notes from the IAAF council meeting can be found here.