IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MOSCOW 2013 10 AUGUST – 18 AUGUST 2013
Approved by IAAF Council – March 2012 and November 2012
• October 1, 2012 to July 29, 2013
A: 79.00m (259′ 2″) B: 76.00m (249′ 4″)
The standards are higher! No surprise. It was an Olympic year and there were plenty of big throws around the world. Lot’s of those big throws had zero backups. No surprise there either. At this point, it’s to be expected.
I can’t lie when I say I like the standard being so high. It adds a bit of exclusivity seeing as how a throw in excess of 79m is not easy to do. On the flip side of that, people tend to make great strides when they have something to strive towards. And if the US is ever to truly contend at the international level as a country again, 79m (259′ 2″) needs to be seen as just another number. No different than 70m (229′ 7″), or 65m (213′ 3″). The number is just a means to an end.
The protocol for who makes the World team is slightly different than the Olympic year. Now, we go back to the rule that allows an ‘A’ to take a ‘B’. We are back to square one, all athletes are equal as there are no A or B standards from 2012 because the new window started October 1. Here are the A/B scenarios to make the World Champs team for Moscow:
Note: two B’s cannot be on the team together.
Source: Kibwé Johnson