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    Doha 2019 WCs qualification system [IAAF backs off]
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    Found this pdf with details on the IAAF webpage: https://www.iaaf.org/download/downlo...019-qualificat

    Remember when they claimed the new rankings would get top athletes to compete more?
    Well they just made a mockery of themselves. The new qualification system is almost exactly like the old one, we still have wild cards, we still have entry standards and only when there are slots left AFTER all other options, will the rankings be used to determine who qualifies.
    How exactly are you going to get someone like Almaz Ayana to compete more when you give her a wildcard which means automatic qualification with NO competitions all year?
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    <<“The IAAF world rankings, which will come into operation in 2018, will drive and shape the global competition system including entry into the World Championships and Olympic Games,” commented Sebastian Coe. “For the first time in the sport’s history, athletes, media and fans will have a clear understanding of the hierarchy of competitions from national through to area and up to global events, allowing them to follow a logical season-long path to the pinnacle of athletics' top two competitions.”>>

    —IAAF Press Release, 3 November 17
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    I'm with norunner on this. All they've changed from the current system is replace how they fill out the rest of the fields from the 'descending order list' to some cockamamie RubeGoldbergian contraption. I kinda prefer the old way, cuz at least it was crystal clear who was in or out at any moment.
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    "Entry Standards are [to be] set for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with exceptional performances unable to qualify through the IAAF World Rankings pathway . . .."

    Perhaps this should be rephrased as: "World Rankings are to be published by the IAAF for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with decent performances unable to qualify through the Entry Standards pathway."

    In any event, the American wild cards of the moment:

    Justin Gatlin
    Sam Kendricks
    Christian Taylor
    Tori Bowie
    Phyllis Francis
    Kori Carter
    Emma Coburn
    Brittney Reese
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    It depends on what the new qualifying standards are. If they remain around the level as before, then nothing really changes. But they could make them much tougher, so that only a small number of athletes qualify through them and the majority do through the rankings.
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    If they set very high entry standards, lets say 90m for the javelin, we're back to the same conclusion. This year the three Germans would have qualified without having to compete more, once again the opposite of what was supposed to be achieved with the rankings. All they are doing is making it harder for athletes below the top level to qualify.
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    Remember that no matter how many athletes from one country qualify, or how they qualify, it's still up to the national federation to decide which of its qualified athletes will be entered.
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    Given that the rankings won't even be published until 6 September 2019, three weeks before the start of the games, I doubt the practicality of using them for more than residual purposes.
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    Anything to make things more complicated and harder for the average fan to follow
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    Quote Originally Posted by player View Post
    Given that the rankings won't even be published until 6 September 2019, three weeks before the start of the games, I doubt the practicality of using them for more than residual purposes.
    They exist now, which makes them at least conversation fodder.
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