The Olympic stadium, venue of the London 2017 World Champions, Photo Credit:

Barely six months to the 2017 World Championships in London, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday, February 3rd, released qualification standards for the showpiece in August.

Athletes are expected to attain the qualification marks before July 23, 2017, when the different federations must have concluded their National Trials.

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These are the qualification marks athletes would have to meet to take part in the London 2017 World Championships.

There are notable changes in the latest entry standards, with the men’s 100m now having a qualification time of 10.12s, while the qualification mark used for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was 10.16s.

Meanwhile, the benchmark for the women’s 100m has been pegged at 11.26s, as against the previous time of 11.20s.

The first eight teams at the forthcoming IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas will book their places at the championship, and will be joined by the next eight countries on the world rankings after the qualification period.

The top 15 finishers in the Men’s and Women’s races at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, will gain automatic qualification for the 10,000m, while the top 10 finishers at the IAAF Gold Label Marathons held within the qualification period, will also secure their spots at London 2017.

The London 2017 Championships will be unique as it will see legendary athletes like Usain Bolt and Mo Farah retire from the sport that has seen them win medals and attain iconic status.

The Olympic stadium, venue of the London 2017 World Champions, Photo Credit:
The Olympic stadium, venue of the London 2017 World Champions, Photo Credit:

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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