Don’t Have The 2015 IAAF World Championships Standard? Don’t Worry About It — You Can Still Go to Worlds (Particularly If You Are American)

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by LetsRun.com
June 18, 2015

(Editors note: We’ll be previewing the 800s, 1500s and steeples for the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the coming days but wanted to put up this article before we do).

Are you dreaming of the World Championships but don’t have the IAAF standard? Or are you are a fan of a pro that doesn’t have the standard?

Don’t worry about it. This year, the IAAF is going to go down the descending order list and will fill the field with 48 competitors in the 800 and 45 in the 1500 and steeple. As a result, every single American who finishes at top three at USAs in those events is basically a lock to make it to Worlds – even if they don’t currently have the standard.

Remember, each country can only have a maximum of three entrants in an event unless they boast the reigning World or Diamond League champion, in which case they get to run up to four.

Thus the 5th, 6th, 7th – hell, 12th Kenyan – all need to be removed from the list. The same thing is true for the Americans, who boast a lot of depth. When you remove all of the extra people, it’s not all that fast when you get way down to #45 or #48.

In the charts below, we have gone down the 2015 descending order list and removed the extra people from each country.

In the men’s 800, where the IAAF standard is 1:46.00, when you cap all countries at a maximum of three per country, the 48th-fastest man in the world is Italy’s Jacopo Lahbi at 1:46.72. He’s actually #78 in the world.

Similarly, in the men’s 1500, where the IAAF standard is 3:36.20 (3:53.30 for the mile), when you cap all entries at three per country except give Kenya (which gets four as it boasts the reigning DL and World champs), the 45th-fastest person this year is the Netherlands’ Richard Douma and he has run just 3:39.71. He’s actually the 90th-fastest 1500 guy in the world this year.

Manzano may not have the standard, but he almost certainly is already safe

Manzano may not have the standard, but he almost certainly is already safe

So the fact that American star Leo Manzano doesn’t have the standard is pretty irrelevant. At Pre, he just missed the 3:53.30 mile standard by running 3:53.55. While you can qualify in the mile, we don’t think the IAAF is converting miles to 1500 for the rolling list, but regardless, in the middle of that Pre race Manzano was timed at 1500 in 3:38.04. 3:38.04 places him just 58th in the world so far this year at 1500 but when you remove all the extra people from Kenya, Ethiopia, etc, Manzano is #33 and thus pretty safe to qualify as is.

In the men’s steeple, where the IAAF standard is 8:28.00, the 45th-fastest person in the world when you cap it at three per country but once again give Kenya four (as it boasts the reigning DL and World champs) is Australia’s James Nipperess, and he’s run just 8:35.39. He’s actually the 79th-fastest man in the world.

Looking at the women, in the women’s 800 where the standard is 2:01.00, the 48th-fastest person in the world this year when you cap it at three per country but once again give Kenya four (as it boasts the reigning DL and World champs) is Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui at 2:02.31. She’s really the 81st-fastest person in the world.

In the women’s 1500 where the standard is 4:06.50 (4:25.20 mile), the 45th-fastest person in the world this year when you cap it at three per country but give the USA four (as we boast the DL champ) is Norway’s Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal at 4:12.09. She’s really the 92nd-fastest woman in the world.

In the women’s steeple where the standard is 9:44.00, the 45th-fastest person in the world this year when you cap it at three per country but give Kenya and Ethiopia four (as they have reigning World and DL champs) is Eva Krchová of the Czech Republic at 9:48.75. She really is the 92nd-fastest woman in the world.

Sure, the results will improve somewhat between now and August, but not by a ton. Plus, many countries not named the USA won’t send someone unless they think they’ll do well, so that would make it easier for an American to get into the top 45 or 48 depending on their event.

See the results for yourself. We apologize if there is an error or two as we did it kind of quickly and just removed the duplicates that were most obvious to us.

One last thing, all of that being said, the athletes probably will go chase times regardless. Why? They’ll need them for the 2016 Olympics, which doesn’t have a rolling standards (2016 Olympic Track and Field Qualifying standards). The qualifying window for track events for the 2016 Olympics began on May 1.

Please note. The list below is only using outdoor times for 2015. The qualifying window actually began of October 1 of last year but we didn’t bother to see if anyone ran a track meet in October, November or December of last year and we also didn’t add in indoor times. That would have taken a lot more time as we don’t have access to a combined indoor and outdoor list and our thought process was that the vast majority of the fast indoor runners are a) also running fast indoors b) from one of the countries that already has 3 qualifiers or c) not on the outdoor list because they are injured and won’t be going to Worlds.

Discuss this topic on our world famous fan forum: MB: Leo the Lion doesn’t have the IAAF standard for Worlds but it doesn’t matter – He’ll still go if he’s top 3 at USAs.

Men’s 800

2015’s 48 Fastest Guys at 800 (max 3 per country, except Ethiopia and Botswana can get 4 (they don’t but could))
1 01:43.56 Mohamed Aman ETH
2 01:43.58 David Rudisha KEN
3 01:43.78 Ayanleh Souleiman DJI
4 01:43.80 Nijel Amos BOT
5 01:43.84 Boris Berian USA
6 01:43.88 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse FRA
7 01:43.92 Job Kinyor KEN
8 01:43.94 Adam Kszczot POL
9 01:44.00 Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN
10 01:44.25 Marcin Lewandowski POL
11 01:44.62 Matthew Centrowitz USA
12 01:45.07 Giordano Benedetti ITA
13 01:45.17 Taoufik Makhloufi ALG
14 01:45.21 Artur Kuciapski POL
15 01:45.24 Leo Manzano USA
16 01:45.29 Jeff Riseley AUS
17 01:45.38 Alex Rowe AUS
18 01:45.48 Robin Schembera GER
19 01:45.53 Rafith Rodriguez COL
20 01:45.59 Ali Saad Al-Daran KSA
21 01:45.59 Kevin López ESP
22 01:45.73 André Olivier RSA
23 01:45.77 Antoine Gakeme BDI
24 01:45.81 Abraham Rotich BRN
25 01:45.83 Mark English IRL
26 01:45.87 Brandon McBride CAN
27 01:45.97 Sofiane Selmouni FRA
28 01:46.03 Nader Belhanbel MAR
29 01:46.06 Khalid Benmahdi MAR
30 01:46.07 Jena Umar ETH
31 01:46.11 Thijmen Kupers NED
32 01:46.13 Yeimer López CUB
33 01:46.14 Abdulrahman Musaeb Balla QAT
34 01:46.14 İlham Tanui Özbilen TUR
35 01:46.17 Julian Parker USA
36 01:46.28 Andy González CUB
37 01:46.33 Amine El Manaoui MAR
38 01:46.36 Thiago André BRA
39 01:46.49 Andrés Arroyo PUR
40 01:46.51 Peter Bol AUS
41 01:46.58 Anthony Romaniw CAN
42 01:46.66 Amel Tuka BIH
43 01:46.67 Brice Leroy FRA
44 01:46.71 Jozef Repčík SVK
45 01:46.72 Ryhardt van Rensburg RSA
46 01:46.74 Ronald Musagala UGA
47 01:46.79 Sho Kawamoto JPN
48 01:46.79 Jacopo Lahbi ITA

Men’s 1500

2915’s 45 Fastest Guys at 1500 (Max 3 per country, except Kenya gets 4)
1 03:32.88 Abdelaati Iguider MAR
2 03:32.97 Evan Jager USA
3 03:33.27 Fouad El Kaam MAR
4 03:33.34 İlham Tanui Özbilen TUR
5 03:33.64 Robert Biwott KEN
6 03:33.98 Elijah Kiptoo KEN
7 03:34.13 Garrett Heath USA
8 03:34.29 Yassine Bensghir MAR
9 03:34.32 Benson Seurei BRN
10 03:34.54 Kyle Merber USA
11 03:34.68 Jonathan Sawe KEN
12 03:34.73 Aman Wote ETH
13 03:34.84 Silas Kiplagat KEN
14 03:34.90 Bekele Gutema ETH
15 03:35.02 Ronald Musagala UGA
16 03:35.73 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH
17 03:35.90 Thiago André BRA
18 03:35.95 Pieter-Jan Hannes BEL
19 03:35.98 Jakub Holuša CZE
20 03:36.15 Mohamed Al-Garni QAT
21 03:36.34 Johan Cronje RSA
22 03:36.51 Ryan Gregson AUS
23 03:36.51 Dumisani Hlaselo RSA
24 03:36.53 Samir Dahmani FRA
25 03:36.66 Adel Mechaal ESP
26 03:36.87 Jeff Riseley AUS
27 3:37.00+ Ayanleh Souleiman DJI
28 03:37.12 Imad Touil ALG
29 03:37.40 Mourad Amdouni FRA
30 03:37.68 Nate Brannen CAN
31 3:37.93+ Henrik Ingebrigtsen NOR
32 03:37.97 Elroy Gelant RSA
33 03:38.20 Jeroen D’Hoedt BEL
34 03:38.26 Yassine Hathat ALG
35 3:38.32+ Charles Philibert-Thiboutot CAN
36 03:38.56 Yoann Kowal FRA
37 03:38.59 Carlos Alonso ESP
38 03:38.78 Florian Orth GER
39 03:39.05 Josh Wright AUS
40 03:39.06 Ross Murray GBR
41 03:39.16 Ross Proudfoot CAN
42 03:39.25 Thomas Farrell GBR
43 03:39.35 Sami Lafi ALG
44 03:39.61 Álvaro Rodríguez ESP
45 03:39.71 Richard Douma NED

Men’s steeple

2015’s 45 Fastest Steeplers (Max 3 per country, except Kenya gets 4)
1 08:01.71 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN
2 08:01.83 Jairus Birech KEN
3 08:05.20 Conseslus Kipruto KEN
4 08:05.28 Evan Jager USA
5 08:11.39 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN
6 08:14.75 John Koech BRN
7 08:18.33 Brahim Taleb MAR
8 08:18.38 Yoann Kowal FRA
9 08:18.78 Hamid Ezzine MAR
10 08:19.07 Donn Cabral USA
11 08:19.30 Amor Benyahia TUN
12 08:19.85 Roberto Alaiz ESP
13 08:20.34 Matt Hughes CAN
14 08:21.00 Ilgizar Safiulin RUS
15 08:21.10 Hicham Sigueni MAR
16 08:21.59 Tarik Langat Akdag TUR
17 08:22.44 Krystian Zalewski POL
18 8:22.9h Tolosa Nurgi ETH
19 8:23.0h Nikolay Chavkin RUS
20 08:23.93 Stanley Kebenei USA
21 08:24.84 Alexandre Genest CAN
22 8:25.1h Hailemariyam Amare ETH
23 08:25.46 Taylor Milne CAN
24 08:25.62 Mitko Tsenov BUL
25 08:25.82 Chala Beyo ETH
26 08:26.34 Abdelaziz Merzoughi ESP
27 08:27.95 Ángel Mullera ESP
28 8:29.53A Gerard Giraldo COL
29 08:29.83 Benjamin Kiplagat UGA
30 08:31.47 José Gregorio Peña VEN
31 08:32.17 Dikotsi Lekopa RSA
32 08:32.36 Mateusz Demczyszak POL
33 08:32.45 Viktor Bakharev RUS
34 8:32.6h Bilal Tabti ALG
35 08:33.02 Tumisang Monnatlala RSA
36 08:33.17 Kaur Kivistik EST
37 8:33.2h Abdelhamid Zerrifi ALG
38 08:33.22 Ole Hesselbjerg DEN
39 08:33.37 Yuri Floriani ITA
40 08:33.45 Jamel Chatbi ITA
41 08:33.51 Daniel Lundgren SWE
42 08:33.51 Martin Grau GER
43 08:33.69 Aoi Matsumoto JPN
44 08:34.84 Zak Seddon GBR
45 08:35.39 James Nipperess AUS

Women’s 800

2015’s 48 Fastest Gals at 800 (Max 3 per country, except Kenya gets 4)
1 01:57.82 Eunice Sum KEN
2 01:57.87 Ajeé Wilson USA
3 01:58.75 Anastasiya Bazdyreva RUS
4 01:59.06 Brenda Martinez USA
5 01:59.35 Rose M. Almanza CUB
6 01:59.37 Janeth Jepkosgei KEN
7 01:59.39 Renelle Lamote FRA
8 01:59.47 Chanelle Price USA
9 01:59.91 Sahily Diago CUB
10 01:59.94 Fiona Benson CAN
11 01:59.98 Abeba Aregawi SWE
12 02:00.14 Selina Büchel SUI
13 02:00.33 Joanna Jóźwik POL
14 02:00.37 Lynsey Sharp GBR
15 02:00.42 Laura Muir GBR
16 02:00.50 Alison Leonard GBR
17 02:00.62 Sifan Hassan NED
18 02:00.67 Melissa Bishop CAN
19 02:00.73 Malika Akkaoui MAR
20 02:00.97 Noélie Yarigo BEN
21 02:01.04 Angie Petty NZL
22 02:01.07 Jessica Smith CAN
23 02:01.20 Maryna Arzamasova BLR
24 02:01.21 Ciara Everard IRL
25 02:01.31 Yuliya Stepanova RUS
26 02:01.32 Natoya Goule JAM
27 02:01.32 Margaret Wambui KEN
28 02:01.32 Fabienne Kohlmann GER
29 02:01.41 Flavia de Lima BRA
30 2:01.46A Déborah Rodríguez URU
31 02:01.50 Aníta Hinriksdóttir ISL
32 02:01.53 Tintu Luka IND
33 02:01.59 Simoya Campbell JAM
34 02:01.64 Angelika Cichocka POL
35 02:01.69 Trine Mjåland NOR
36 02:01.82 Annet Mwanzi KEN
37 02:01.93 Natalija Piliušina LTU
38 02:02.04 Esther Guerrero ESP
39 02:02.06 Anastasiya Kalina RUS
40 02:02.07 Anastasiya Tkachuk UKR
41 02:02.11 Lucia Klocová SVK
42 02:02.12 Yusneysi Santiusti CUB
43 02:02.17 Brittany McGowan AUS
44 02:02.19 Lenka Masná CZE
45 02:02.20 Charline Mathias LUX
46 02:02.20 Olha Lyakhova UKR
47 02:02.22 Gabriela Medina MEX
48 02:02.31 Sofia Ennaoui POL

Women’s 1500

2015’s 48 Fastest Gals at 1500 (Max 3 per country, except SWE, USA get 4)
1 03:59.31 Jenny Simpson USA
2 03:59.68 Sifan Hassan NED
3 03:59.76 Dawit Seyaum ETH
4 04:00.39 Laura Muir GBR
5 04:00.94 Faith Kipyegon KEN
6 04:01.26 Mercy Cherono KEN
7 04:01.41 Viola Kibiwot KEN
8 04:01.86 Senbera Teferi ETH
9 04:01.95 Anna Mishchenko UKR
10 04:01.97 Abeba Aregawi SWE
11 04:02.28 Shannon Rowbury USA
12 04:02.63 Luiza Gega ALB
13 04:02.64 Maureen Koster NED
14 04:02.94 Rabab Arrafi MAR
15 04:03.00 Axumawit Embaye ETH
16 04:03.06 Angelika Cichocka POL
17 04:03.20 Sarah Brown USA
18 04:03.39 Alexa Efraimson USA
19 04:04.30 Anna Shchagina RUS
20 04:04.49 Malika Akkaoui MAR
21 04:04.66 Siham Hilali MAR
22 04:04.70 Laura Weightman GBR
23 04:04.74 Renata Pliś POL
24 04:04.97 Sofia Ennaoui POL
25 04:05.03 Nikki Hamblin NZL
26 04:05.56 Melissa Duncan AUS
27 04:06.03 Yekaterina Sharmina RUS
28 04:06.30 Zoe Buckman AUS
29 04:06.37 Susan Kuijken NED
30 04:07.37 Anastasiya Kalina RUS
31 04:07.47 Sasha Gollish CAN
32 04:08.54 Angie Petty NZL
33 04:08.55 Heidi See AUS
34 04:09.14 Sheila Reid CAN
35 04:09.16 Muriel Coneo COL
36 04:09.23 Nicole Sifuentes CAN
37 04:09.25 Tigist Gashaw BRN
38 04:09.45 Maren Kock GER
39 04:09.56 Rhianwedd Price GBR
40 04:09.63 Maryam Jamal BRN
41 04:10.04 Corinna Harrer GER
42 04:10.18 Amela Terzić SRB
43 04:10.68 Juliana Paula dos Santos BRA
44 04:11.58 Isabel Macías ESP
45 04:12.09 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal NOR

Women’s Steeple

2015’s 48 Fastest Gals at 1500 (Max 3 per country, except Kenya and Ethiopia get 4)
1 09:15.08 Hyvin Jepkemoi KEN
2 09:15.75 Virginia Nyambura KEN
3 09:16.87 Hiwot Ayalew ETH
4 09:20.44 Lydia Chepkurui KEN
5 09:21.56 Madeleine Heiner AUS
6 09:23.04 Sofia Assefa ETH
7 09:24.91 Birtukan Fente ETH
8 09:27.07 Tigist Mekonen BRN
9 09:27.92 Stephanie Garcia USA
10 09:29.16 Magdalene Masai KEN
11 09:29.32 Colleen Quigley USA
12 09:31.32 Ashley Higginson USA
13 09:31.70 Sviatlana Kudzelich BLR
14 09:31.88 Salima Alami MAR
15 09:33.34 Tuğba Güvenç TUR
16 09:34.13 Lalita Babar IND
17 09:35.10 Maruša Mišmaš SLO
18 09:35.17 Genevieve LaCaze AUS
19 09:35.69 Geneviève Lalonde CAN
20 09:36.21 Gesa-Felicitas Krause GER
21 09:36.72 Bezuayehu Mohamed ETH
22 09:36.79 Yekaterina Ivonina RUS
23 09:36.98 Özlem Kaya TUR
24 09:39.10 Silvia Danekova BUL
25 09:39.19 Aisha Praught JAM
26 09:39.20 Jessica Furlan CAN
27 09:39.61 Ruth Chebet BRN
28 09:39.78 Victoria Mitchell AUS
29 09:40.24 Amina Betiche ALG
30 09:40.63 Fabienne Schlumpf SUI
31 09:41.20 Lyudmila Lebedeva RUS
32 09:41.42 Rosa Flanagan NZL
33 09:41.43 Li Zhenzhu CHN
34 09:41.84 Lucie Sekanová CZE
35 09:42.15 Erin Teschuk CAN
36 09:43.91 Yekaterina Doseykina RUS
37 09:46.37 Diana Martín ESP
38 09:46.81 Sanaa Koubaa GER
39 09:46.82 Zhang Xinyan CHN
40 09:46.91 Lennie Waite GBR
41 09:47.16 Rolanda Bell PAN
42 09:47.87 Emma Oudiou FRA
43 09:48.33 Ana Narvaez MEX
44 09:48.48 Elif Karabulut TUR
45 09:48.75 Eva Krchová CZE

 


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