Mon. May 27th, 2024

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS

In 2019, World Athletics announced a change in the qualification system for combined events in major championships.

Until the World Championships in Doha in 2019, qualification was a combination of automatic qualifying standard, and the next best marks from the world lists within the qualifying period.

For the Olympics in Tokyo in 2021 and the World Championships in Oregon in 2022, the system switched to a combination of automatic qualifying standards, and the next best marks from the new world rankings. The automatic standards were also increased by over 200 points between 2019 and 2023, in order to place more emphasis on the rankings.

In addition to automatic standards, world lists and world rankings there can be a number of other routes to qualification. These include:

  • performance at designated competitions, such as Area championships
  • wildcard entries, for previous champions and Combined Events Tour winners
  • host country places
  • places awarded at the discretion of World Athletics.

This page provides a handy summary of the qualification arrangements for upcoming championships. Please check the relevant governing body’s website for the official, up-to-date position on qualifying criteria.

The rankings analysis page provides a regular summary of movement of athletes through the rankings, the factors affecting those movements, and the interaction with qualification.

The definitive lists of athletes qualified (but not necessarily selected) for major championships can be found at the “Road to…” sites:

DEC/HEPHEP/PENNOTES
2024European Championships, Rome
ECH 2024 – Qualification System & Entry Standards.pdf (directus.app)
82006300Q period: 27 November 2022 to 26 May 2024

Field size: 24

Field drawn from:
– Wild card: reigning champion
– host country place (only one place across all events)
– Entry standard
– World rankings

All Q performances (direct or via ranking) must be at event on WA Calendar
2024Olympic Games, Paris
63a1742ced7e871d1a269206.pdf (worldathletics.org)
84606480Q period: 31 December 2022 to 30 June 2024

Field size: 24

Field drawn from athletes with entry standards and then world rankings

All Q performances (direct or via ranking) must be at event on WA Calendar

No wild cards, no host country place, no universality places