World Athletics announces Paris 2024 qualification system

Tokyo Olympic javelin champion Neeraj Chopra of India. © Neeraj Chopra Facebook
Tokyo Olympic javelin champion Neeraj Chopra of India. © Neeraj Chopra Facebook

Monaco, December 21, 2022: The qualification system for the athletics competition at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, to be held between August 2-11, 2024, has been published.

As was the case for the Olympic Games in Tokyo and the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, the qualification system will be based on a dual pathway of qualification, with 50% of athletes qualifying through entry standards and the remaining 50% qualifying through World Rankings.

The qualification system was approved by the World Athletics Council and includes details of the qualification windows, targeted number of athletes per discipline and entry standards.

The Paris 2024 programme will include 23 women’s events and 23 men’s events as well as two mixed events – the 4x400m mixed relay and the 35km mixed team race walk.

*For the 10,000m, combined events, race walks and relays, the qualification period runs from December 31, 2022 to June 30, 2024. 

*For the marathon, the qualification window is from November 1, 2022 to April 30, 2024. 

*For all other events, the qualification period runs from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.

For the marathon, any athlete ranked higher than the 65th athlete on the filtered Quota Place “Road to Paris” list on January 30, 2024 will be considered qualified. After January 30, 2024, the remaining 20% of the quota will be determined by the same dual pathway qualification criteria outlined above, without displacing the athletes qualified per January 30, 2024.  

Any National Olympic Committee may choose to reallocate a quota place to an unqualified athlete, provided the athlete in the qualification window has achieved at least a 2:11:30 (men) or 2:29:30 (women) performance. 

World Athletics will publish the official qualification monitoring tool (Road to Paris) on the Stats Zone of the World Athletics website in the latter part of 2023.