Is this what it means by “quota reallocation”.
“Any national Olympic committee may choose to reallocate a quota place to an unqualified athlete, provided the athlete has achieved at least a 2:11:30 (men) or 2:29:30 (women) eligibility performance within the qualification window.”
Based on your comment, I’m assuming that a country would receive a “quota” based on the number of athletes in their country that have “qualified”. So if 3+ athletes met qualification standards that country would get 3 ‘quotas’ and could give a spot (or 2 or 3) to a ‘non-qualified’ athlete provided that athlete still ran 2:11:30/2:29:30 or faster.
*Not all countries can automatically receive 3 quotas- otherwise the standards would effectively be pointless (the standard would simply be 2:11:30/2:29:30) so that’s why I’m guessing the quota system would be based on # of qualifying athletes.
* I don’t understand why they don’t just clarify the quota system and the qualification window in this article. What’s the point in being vague and making us guess? It would take maybe 2 simple sentences to address. At least they clarified the “entry standard” would be decided on at a later meeting.