The 2020 Olympic standards, which drew complaint from many upon launch by using the International Association of Athletics Federations in March, have demonstrated to be an assignment early inside the outside season.
To qualify for next yr’s Summer Games in Tokyo, athletes can both acquire the toughened well-known or advantage entry based on their world ranking within a qualifying length that has been prolonged in most activities by two months.
The IAAF desires to attain half of-target numbers for Tokyo from the new standards and 50 consistent with cent from the worldwide ranking gadget in which athletes collect factors based totally on end result and placing at an opposition.
“But you could only get points from unique forms of competition,” says CBC Sports’ Anson Henry. “The big global competitions like the international championships, Pan American Games, all of the Diamond Leagues, those are the apparent ones. But you may additionally get points from the national championships.
“Placing rankings vary, depending on the competition. The larger the opposition, the bigger the points.”
For instance, the winner of a 1,500-metre outside race at the NCAA championships might earn 60 factors. In assessment, the 1,500 champions at a Diamond League meet collects two hundred factors, igniting a debate that athletes with the pinnacle sellers/sponsors are rewarded for gaining entry into higher-profile meets.
In occasions as much as the 1,500, a runner’s rating could be decided via their pinnacle-5 results from July 1, 2019, to the cease of subsequent June. For the 5,000, it might be three consequences and consequences inside the 10,000.
Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak has held the Canadian 10,000 report of 31:41.59 considering that May 2, 2015. Problem is, the brand new Olympic preferred for girls is 31:25.
The 37-yr-antique, who presently ranks 17th inside the international inside the occasion, ran 31:43.26 in advance this month at the Payton Jordan Invitational in California and fortunately has almost 14 months to decrease her time, however getting a possibility to improve upon her twenty second-vicinity end at the 2016 Olympics in Rio may not be smooth.
Rachel Cliff and Cam Levins are the best Canadian marathoners to fulfill the Olympic fashionable of 2:29:30 and a couple of 11:30, respectively — the guys’ time nearly 8 minutes decrease than the 2:19:00 Rio mark.
Lanni Marchant held the ladies’ countrywide mark for extra than 5 years until Cliff stopped the clock in 2:26: fifty-six in March on the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in Japan.
Personal bests now not Olympic worthy
Brittany Crew of Mississauga, Ont., who has continually rewritten the Canadian lladies’shot positioned record, crowned her preceding mark of 18.60m via throwing 18.Sixty one at the Virginia Grand Prix in overdue April. The throw ranks fourth within the world this season however does not exceed the 18.50 Olympic widespread by way of a extensive margin.
Other Canadians have set non-public-fine times of late, handiest to remain on the out of doors of Olympic qualifying:
Calgary’s Trevor Hofbauer, the 2017 Canadian marathon champion, ran 2:sixteen:f orty eight on the Hamburg Marathon in Germany weeks in the past.
In early April, Canada’s Melanie Myrand (2:33:17), Emily Setlack (2:35:f orty four) and John Mason (2:15:15) set PBs at the Rotterdam Marathon within the Netherlands. Myrand has taken off considering that remaining fall, Setlack’s performance became an 11-minute PB and Mason’s time turned into the fastest by way of a Canadian this 12 months.
Athletes also can qualify for Tokyo with a top-10 end at this yr’s track and area global championships Sept. 28-Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar, at a World Marathon Major (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York City or Tokyo), or a top-five placing at a IAAF Gold Label Marathon in Dubai, Rotterdam or Paris.