The I.A.A.F meeting in Monaco confirms today that ‘following a study on the approved Qualification Standards for the Athletics Competitions of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, London 2012 (3 to 12 Aug), the requirements in six event disciplines have been eased’.
The London 2012 Qualification Standards, originally approved by the IAAF Council in April 2011, were reviewed by the Technical Delegates on the basis of the results of the 2011 IAAF World Championships, Daegu, Korea (27 Aug to 4 Sep), and the overall 2011 world season lists, with adjustments made to help ensure that the correct number of athletes will be entered in each event for next year’s Olympic Games.
The review of Qualification Standards is by no means exceptional, with the performance trends in each event discipline under continuous scrutiny.
Here you will find the Approved Qualification Standards (Amended November 2011)
The Amendments are as follows (previous standard shown in brackets):
A standard – 45.30 (previously 45.25)
B standard – 45.90 (45.70)
A standard – 51.55 (previously 51.50)
B standard – 52.35 (52.30)
A standard – 15:20.00 (15:15.00)
B standard – 15:30.00 (15:25.00)
A standard – 55.50 (55.40)
B standard – 56.65 (56.55)
A standard – 18.30 (18.35)
B standard – 17.20 (17.30)
A standard – 61.00 (61.50)
B standard – NO CHANGE
In making these changes to standards in the events mentioned, the IAAF clearly did not want to have less than the 2000 athletes they expect to participate in the Olympics athletics arena since that would mean making significant programme changes.
At the time of writing no Irish athlete has met the original A standard in any of these events though at his best, David Gillick, (holder of the Irish record at 44.77) , would expect to better 45.30.
Brian Gregan who had a personal best of 45.96 this Summer will hope to improve upon that and also 45.30 whilst the prospects for Joanne Cuddihy in the women’s event have also improved. She ran 51.82 in the Worlds in Daegu – the revised standard for London 2012 is (51.55) .
One of the biggest improvements to personal bests this Summer was from Ferrybank A.C hurdler Jessie Barr . The Waterford woman achieved a lifetime best of 56.62 in the 400m hurdles thus she will now have renewed hope of achieving the new target of 55.50.
The Olympic Council of Ireland and Athletics Ireland have always been clear that nothing less than achieving the A standard will guarantee a place on the plane to London.