The Chase for Tokyo Commences
Athletics | Published:
Thu 9 May 2019
A string of WA’s top level track and field talents will take
on the Oceania Championships in Townsville this June as the qualification
process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games commences.
Changes to the qualification process outlined by the IAAF have
seen the Oceania Championships take on a dramatically more important focus than
previously, with the elevated ranking points on offer seeing many of the
country’s elite talents set to compete.
As of May 1, 2019 – any athlete that achieves an IAAF
automatic qualification standard will be eligible to compete in Tokyo, pending nomination
from their national federation and ratification from their respective Olympic Committee.
With current expectations being that only half of the competitors
across all track and field events in Tokyo next year being met by automatic
qualification performances globally, the race will be on for individual
athletes to boost their world rankings, which is set to form the other half of quota
selections for the Games.
World ranking standards will now be more directly influenced
by ranking points returned from priority events, with points accrued determined
by competition level.
The 2019 IAAF World Championships for example will attract a
higher level of ranking points than a Diamond League Meet and so forth.
From an Australian perspective, the Oceania Championships will
offer higher IAAF ranking points than that of the Australian Athletics
Championships, hence why this year’s titles have attracted such a strong field.
You can read more about the specifics of these changes and
how they apply to the Oceania Championships/Tokyo 2020 via an Inside Athletics blog post.
In Townsville, 10 Western Australian athletes have
currently earned selection to compete. They are listed by event below:
- 400m hurdles: Ian Dewhurst
- Pole Vault: Angus Armstrong, Declan Carruthers, Stephen
- 100m hurdles: Brianna Beahan
- Pole Vault: Liz Parnova, Nina Kennedy