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Revealed: New format for track events at Paris Olympic Games

Published at :July 27, 2022 at 10:14 PM
Modified at :July 27, 2022 at 10:21 PM
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The World Athletics Council also approved the entry standards for the next World Athletics Championships.

The World Athletics Council has approved an innovation to the regular competition format for the Paris Olympic Games 2024. The council has introduced a repechage round to all individual track events from 200m to 1500m in distance, including the hurdles events.

In the new repechage format, athletes who do not qualify by place in round one heats will have a second chance to qualify for the semi-finals. They will be participating in repechage heats.

This will replace the former system of athletes progressing through the fastest times (q) in addition to the top positions in the first round heats (Q) of Olympic Games.

The new format

Marcell Jacobs is the reigning 100m Olympic Games Champion. (Courtesy - The Bridge)

These events will now have four rounds – round one, repechage round, semi-finals and the final. And the schedules of the rounds will vary according to the specific nature of the event.

The new format means that every athlete competing in the events with a repechage round will have at least two races at the Olympic Games.

As the 100m already has preliminary heats, before round one, the repechage will not be use in this event. In addition, the repechage will not be introduced in distance events as the need for proper recovery between rounds makes the format useless.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “After consulting with our athletes and broadcasters, we believe this is an innovation which will make progression in these events more straightforward for athletes and will build anticipation for fans and broadcasters. The repechage rounds will give more exposure to our sport during the peak Olympic period and will be carefully scheduled to ensure that every event on our Olympic programme retains its share of the spotlight.”

The final regulations of the format, including the timetable as well as the system of advancement in each event, will be revealed well in advance of the Olympic Games.

Budapest entry standards

Jamaica had a clean sweep at the Women's 100m event in World Athletics Championships. (Courtesy - The Bridge)

The Council also approved entry standards for the 10,000m, marathon, combined events and race walk. These will be applicable at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, which will happen in 19-27 August next year.

The entry standards project to provide 50% of the quota in each event. And they were determined by statistical analysis of recent years´ performance levels. The remaining quota in each event will qualify either through world rankings, finishing position at designated competitions or by wild card.

Entry standards

MenEvent (Quota)Women
27:10.00 / 27:1010,000m (27)30:40.00 / 30:40
2:09:40Marathon (100)2:28:00
8460Decathlon / heptathlon (24)6480
1:20:1020km race walk (50)1:29:20
2:29:4035km race walk (50)2:51:30

Qualification Window

10,000m, 20km race walk & combined events:31 January 2022 - 30 July 2023
Marathon and 35km race walk:1 December 2021 - 30 May 2023
All other events:31 July 2022 - 30 July 2023


It is possible to qualify for the 10,000m through a 10km performance, and for world ranking purposes, the 10km road event is considered equal to the 10,000m.

In addition, the top eight athletes in the cross country rankings not qualified through entry standards or 10,000m world ranking, will be considered qualified for the 10,000m.


The top five finishers at the Platinum Label marathons held during the qualification period and the winners of the Gold Label marathons held in 2023 are all considered qualified for the marathon.

The detailed qualification system and the entry standards for the remaining events are currently being established. They will follow when approved by Council.

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