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Mr. Obvious
RE: 25 Americans now have the Olympic standard in marathon but won't be at the Trials. Should USATF let them in?

Jonathan Gault wrote:

[quote]rojo wrote:
So is it possible that athletes could sue to get into the Trials? It sounds like an arbitrator in 2011 or 2012 thought it was unfair for someone with the 'Olympic A' to be kept out of the 'A' qualifying for the US trials. The Only Olympic standards this year are all 'A' standards. There is no B standard. They just fill the fields with a descending order list.


And the question now is, does this policy still apply that there are no more A/B standards -- just the single standard? We'll look into it and try to get an answer.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Mr. Obvious.[/quote]

Based on the precedent set in 2012, it looks as though USATF would need to update the qualification standards to match the IAAF ones. It does not appear that anybody should need to sue. Although who knows for sure that USATF would follow precedent, so it is really a question to ask them.

It only applied to A qualifiers, so the there really isn't any way that the elimination of a B standard should affect the implementation. Again, its USATF, so that doesn't mean it won't.

I am still trying to find the original decision. I've discussed it on here before, and I may have read it once, but it has been quite a few years ago and I can't find it.

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