Below are the Entry Standards — approved by IAAF Council in April 2015 — and Updated 26 November 2015, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, in the summer.
20km race walk
50km race walk
- 10,000m, Marathon, Race Walk and Combined Events: 1 January 2015 to 11 July 2016
- All other events: 1 May 2015 to 11 July 2016
Running Events (except the Relays)
o Each Member is entitled to enter up to three athletes in each event of the Championships, provided all have achieved the corresponding entry standard. o A maximum of two athletes from any Member Federation may compete in each event.
o In the High Jump and Pole Vault, events shall be held as straight Finals with twelve athletes starting in each event. Entries will be determined by a combination of entry standards and ranking.
o In the Long Jump, Triple Jump and Shot Put, events shall be held as straight
Finals with sixteen athletes starting in each event. Entries will be determined by a combination of entry standards and ranking.
o In all cases a maximum of two athletes from any one Member may compete in each event.
o Twelve athletes will be invited by the IAAF in the Heptathlon and in the
Pentathlon as follows:
- the winner of the 2015 Combined Events Challenge
- the five best athletes from the 2015 Outdoor Lists (as at 31 December 2015), limited to a maximum of one per country the five best athletes from the 2015 Outdoor Lists (as at 31 December 2015), limited to a maximum of one per country
- one athlete which may be invited at the discretion of the IAAF
o In total no more than two male and two female athletes from any one Member will be invited. Upon refusals or cancellations, the invitations shall be extended
to the next ranked athletes in the same lists respecting the above conditions.
- For the Relays, there is no entry standard and each Member Federation will be able
to enter up to 6 athletes in each team.