Qualifications for World Athletic Championships Budapest 2023

Judith Korir Kenya
Kenya's Judith Jeptum Korir battling it out with Ethiopians at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, United States on July 18.
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The World Athletics Championships scheduled for August 19 to 22, 2023 will be staged in Hungary which hosted the World Indoor Championships in 1989 and 2004. 

Athletes will be able to qualify for the World Championships by achieving an entry standard or through their placing on the world rankings.

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The qualification period for the marathon and 35km race walk opened on December 1, 2021, and ends on May 30, 2023. 

For the 10,000m, 20km race walk and combined events, the window runs from January 31, 2022, until July 30, 2023.  

For all other disciplines, the qualification period is July 31, 2022, to July 30, 2023. 

“Those that will be offered a wild card entry include, defending world champions will be offered a wild card entry, winners of the 2022 Diamond League, World Race Walking Tour and World Combined Events Tour, plus the leading hammer performers on the Continental Tour,” part of the statement by World Athletics read. 

All of the wild card free entries will be subject to selection by the athlete's national federation. 

Others who will be considered to have achieved the entry standards will include area champions in selected disciplines, top-five finishers at Platinum Label marathons during the qualification period and winners of Gold Label marathons held in 2023. 

The number of athletes in some events was adjusted, mostly in the field events from 32 to 36 as compared to 2022.  

“The mile – both in-stadium and road mile – will now be a qualifying event for the 1500m, while performances achieved on the road in the 5km and 10km will be eligible for qualification in the 5000m and 10,000m, respectively. 

“In addition, the top eight athletes in the world cross country rankings not otherwise qualified through other pathways will be considered qualified for the 10,000m,” the statement by the World athletics read. 

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