US Olympic Trials - all wrote:
What will this mean for people who are trying to hit the OTQ or hope to run in the OT-Marathon in the future?
For several years now, the slowest OTQ time standard was based on the B Standard for the IAAF. USATF could not require entrants to be faster than that standard (as we learned in Los Angeles this past 2016 when the organizers had to accept female runners who ran sub 2:45 and not 2:43).
Are there B standards or is there only one standard - 2:29:30 for women and 2:11:30 for men?
What will that mean for OTQ time standards if there is only one standard?
If there is only one standard - wouldn't USATF have to create a new time limit that is softer than the IAAF time standard because some runners will have qualified via the rankings system? If so, what will that be now? Perhaps sub 2:37 for women and sub 2:15 for men?
Or does USATF say - only those who have a realistic chance to participate in the Olympics based on time or their position in the IAAF rankings may enter?
USATF has a lot of hard decisions to make for 2024 about how it will conduct its olympic trials marathon (if it will even do it at all ... what happens if only 3 runners are eligible?)
US picks a standard and runs the race. First three who have the auto standard or have a ranking eligible for the Olympics go. I don't think much has changed.