Friday, December 02, 2011
Athletics Ireland impose higher qualification standards for junior athletes
This marks a new effort by Athletics Ireland to ensure that athletes travelling to major championships in future are capable of obtaining a podium or top 8 to 12 finish. They came up with their 'A' standards by studying the top 8 to 12 performances at the last three World Junior Championships.
The International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) standards for next July's U-20 Championships in Barcelona include 47.95 and 1:51.00 for men's 400m and 800m respectively. Athletics Ireland's world junior 'A' standards for 400m/800m/1,500m have been set at 46.95/1:48.35/3:46.30, all considerably faster than the IAAF's. In the case of women's 1,500m, the Irish 'A' standard is 4:19.85, over eight seconds faster than the IAAF's (4:28), while the 'A' mark that AAI have set for women's 3,000m (9:25) is a full 10 seconds faster.
Posted by John Desmond at Friday, December 02, 2011