USATF releases 2016 Olympic Trials qualifying standards
The qualifying standards for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials have been released by U.S.A. Track and Field.
The trials will be held at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field from July 1–10. In order to participate, qualifying standards must be met between May 1, 2015 and June 26, 2016. In the 10,000 meters, decathlon, heptathlon and 20-kilometer race walk, the qualifying period runs from Jan. 1, 2015 through June 26, 2016. The qualifying standard for the men’s 50-kilometer race walk must be hit between Nov. 24, 2013 and Jan. 31, 2016.
An appeal for a men's mile time can be made for the 1,500-meters, if the athlete ran 3:54:00 or faster between Jan. 1, 2016 and June 26, 2016.
In many cases, the top three finishers with the Olympic qualifying standard in each respective event will represent the United States at next summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The qualifying standards for seven events match the qualifying standards for the Olympic Games.
The qualifying standards for the men's 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1500-meter run, 5,000-meter run on the track are faster than the 2012 Olympic Trials “A” standards. On the women's side, the women's 1,500-meter run, 5,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase are faster than the 2012 "A" standards for the U..S Olympic Trials.
The full list of qualifying standards can be seen below:
Track and field will be contested at the Olympics from Aug. 13 to Aug. 21.
- Christopher Chavez