Road To Paris Goes Live – See Who’s Eligible For The Olympics in Track and Field (For Now)
We've got good news for US marathon fans as the US men have 3 men in the top 64By Robert Johnson
World Athletics’ Road To Paris lists — which shows you who tentatively would be eligible to go to the Paris Olympics in track & field — went live without much fanfare this week. You can see the lists here.
And we’ve got good news for US marathon fans. As of now, the US has three marathoners in the top 64 — meaning the US will likely send three men from February’s US Olympic Marathon Trails to the Paris Olympics.
The US already had guaranteed itself two Olympic men’s marathon spots (the US women already have the maximum three) when Conner Mantz and Clayton Young both ran under the 2:08:10 Olympic standard in Chicago. The question before today was, “Where would Scott Fauble be ranked when the Road To Paris list went live?” Those that are in the top 64 of the marathon list at the end of January will guarantee their country an Olympic spot as well (and WA will eventually fill the field down to 80 on May 6, 2024).
The good news for the US is that Fauble is currently ranked #61 with 1179 points. The even better news is that while he could move down the rankings, the reality is #65 is pretty far down on the list in terms of points as they have just 1153 points. 26 points may not sound a lot, but 1179 is equivalent to a 2:08:54 marathon and 1153 is equivalent to 2:10:27.
The real worry for the fans of US men’s marathoners would be that more than five people from countries that don’t already have three Olympic marathon qualifiers break the 2:08:10 standard between now and the end of January. Regardless, it seems highly unlikely that Fauble would ever be knocked out of the top 80 so the US almost certainly will have three male marathoners in Paris.
To see the Road to Paris lists – go here.