2022 World Athletics Championships

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World Athletics Championships
Oregon 2022
2021 World Athletics Championships logo.png
Original logo of the 2022 World Athletics Championships
Organizer(s) World Athletics, USATF
Sport(s) Athletics
Dates15–24 July 2022
Officially opened by President Joe Biden (expected)
Website worldathletics.org/oregon22

The 2022 World Athletics Championships, the eighteenth edition of the World Athletics Championships, are scheduled to be held in 2022 in Eugene, Oregon, United States. [1] [2] [3] Originally scheduled to be held from August 6–15, 2021, after the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, World Athletics raised the possibility of changing the date of the 2021 Championships, including the possibility of moving into 2022. [4] On April 8, 2020, World Athletics announced that the event would take place from July 15–24, 2022. [5]


Host selection

The selection of the host city was announced on April 16, 2015 in Beijing. [6] [7] Eugene was selected without a traditional bidding process, though Eugene did put in a bid for the 2019 World Championships, losing to Qatar. [2]

Runner's World magazine reported that Eugene's selection by World Athletics, then known as the International Association of Athletics Federations, was an "unusual move". [1] They report the Association "bypassed the usual bidding process," and that the choice of Eugene will make the 2021 event "the first held in the United States." The event will be the second held in North America, after Edmonton, Canada in 2001.

The Guardian reported that the lack of bidding triggered concern in European cities that had bid to host the event. [3] They quoted Lamine Diack, IAAF president, who justified the lack of bidding with the claim the selection of Eugene to host the event, "enables us to take advantage of a unique opportunity to host a financially successful tournament that may never arise again.” The lack of bidding for the 2021 event was not unprecedented. The 2007 World Championship was awarded to Osaka, Japan, without bidding.

Entry standards

The World Athletics announced that athletes would qualify by their World Athletics Rankings position, wildcard (reigning world champion or 2021 Diamond League champion) or by achieving the entry standard. [8] Qualification period valid for Entry Standards and World Rankings – For the Marathon and 35 km Race Walks: 18 months from 30 November 2020 to midnight 29 May 2022. For the 10,000 m, 20 km Race Walks, Relays and Combined Events: 18 months from 27 December 2020 to midnight 26 June 2022. For all other events: 12 months from 27 June 2021 to midnight 26 June 2022.

Wild Card as:

Countries who have no male and/or no female athletes who have achieved the Entry Standard or considered as having achieved the entry standard (see above) or qualified relay team, may enter one unqualified male athlete OR one unqualified female athlete in one event of the championships (except the road events and field events, combined events, 10,000 m and 3000 m steeplechase).

100 metres 10.054811.1548
200 metres 20.245622.8056
400 metres 44.904851.3548
800 metres 1:45.20481:59.5048
1500 metres 3:35.00454:04.2045
5000 metres 13:13.504215:10.0042
10,000 metres 27:28.002731:25.0027
Marathon 2:11:301002:29:30100
3000 metres steeplechase 8:22.00459:30.0045
110/100 metres hurdles 13.324012.8440
400 metres hurdles 48.904055.4040
High jump 2.33 m (7 ft 7 12 in)321.96 m (6 ft 5 in)32
Pole vault 5.80 m (19 ft 14 in)324.70 m (15 ft 5 in)32
Long jump 8.22 m (26 ft 11 12 in)326.82 m (22 ft 4 12 in)32
Triple jump 17.14 m (56 ft 2 34 in)3214.32 m (46 ft 11 34 in)32
Shot put 21.10 m (69 ft 2 12 in)3218.50 m (60 ft 8 14 in)32
Discus throw 66.00 m (216 ft 6 14 in)3263.50 m (208 ft 4 in)32
Hammer throw 77.50 m (254 ft 3 in)3272.50 m (237 ft 10 14 in)32
Javelin throw 85.00 m (278 ft 10 14 in)3264.00 m (209 ft 11 12 in)32
Decathlon/Heptathlon 835024642024
20 kilometres race walk 1:21:00601:31:0060
50 kilometres race walk 2:33:00 (3:50:00)602:54:00 (4:25:00)60
4 × 100 metres relay Top 10 @ 2021 World Athletics Relays
+ 6 from Top Lists
16Top 10 @ 2021 World Athletics Relays
+ 6 from Top Lists
4 × 400 metres relay Top 10 @ 2021 World Athletics Relays
+ 6 from Top Lists
16Top 10 @ 2021 World Athletics Relays
+ 6 from Top Lists
4 × 400 metres relay mixedTop 12 @ 2021 World Athletics Relays
+ 4 from Top Lists
16Top 12 @ 2021 World Athletics Relays
+ 4 from Top Lists

Target numbers

At the end of the qualification period, the 2021 World Athletics Rankings will be published on 28 June 2022 and will be used to invite additional athletes to the World Championships where the target number of athletes had not been achieved for that event through other methods of qualification. The maximum of three athletes per country in individual events is not affected by this rule. Member federations retain the right to confirm or reject athlete selections through this method. Where the highest ranked athletes are from a country that has already had three or more entrants for the event, or where the member federations rejected an entrant, the next highest ranked athlete becomes eligible for entry via world rankings.

Area Champions

The following regulations shall apply for Automatic Qualification to the 2022 World Athletics Championships (not applicable for relays and marathon).
1. The Area Champion (in each individual event to be contested at the World Championships) automatically qualifies for the World Championships, irrespective of whether his performance has reached the Entry Standard. This does not apply to 10,000 m, 3000 m Steeplechase, Combined Events, Field Events and Road Events where the entry of the athlete will be subject to the approval of the Technical Delegates.
2. The Area Champion shall be the one who has achieved the title either in 2020, 2021 or 2022.
3. The Member Federation of the Area Champion will have the ultimate authority to enter the athlete or not, based on its own domestic standard or qualification system.
4. If the Member Federation of the Area Champion enters the athlete, he will be considered as having achieved the Entry Standard.
5. If the Area Champion, for whatever reason, is not entered, his quota will not be delegated to the second placed athlete and the normal entry rules and conditions apply.
6. For those Area Championships that do not have certain events, the Area Associations can organize alternate Area-specific event Championships with conditions conforming to Area Championships Regulations. World Athletics shall be notified of such alternative Championships at least one month in advance of the events’ being held.


Hayward Field in 2007, prior to 2018 renovation HaywardFieldPano.jpg
Hayward Field in 2007, prior to 2018 renovation

The championships will be held in the Hayward Field, at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, which is currently undergoing re-construction and will have a capacity of 30,000. [9]

Media coverage

In the United States, television rights to the championships belong to NBC Sports. [10]

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 David Monti (April 16, 2015). "Eugene to Host 2021 Track World Championships: Oregon City will be first U.S. site of global meet". Runner's World . Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2015. In an unusual move that bypassed the usual bidding process, the International Association of Athletics Federations awarded Eugene, Oregon, the 2021 World Championships in Athletics in a special vote on the second day of their Council Meeting in Beijingl
  2. 1 2 Christopher Clarey (April 16, 2015). "Without Bidding, Eugene, Ore., Is Abruptly Awarded World Track Championships". The New York Times . p. B12. Retrieved August 29, 2015. There was surprise in multiple time zones on Thursday when Eugene, Ore., became the first city in the United States to secure the world outdoor track and field championships. It will stage them in 2021 without the usual constraint of having had to win a formal bidding process.
  3. 1 2 "IAAF under fire for awarding 2021 World Athletics Championships to Eugene". The Guardian . April 16, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  4. "Coe suggests world athletics championships could slip to 2022". Reuters. March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  5. "Dates confirmed for World Athletics Championships Oregon 2022". worldathletics.org. April 8, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  6. "USA Track & Field – United States to host 2021 IAAF World Championships". usatf.org. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  7. "Eugene, Oregon awarded 2021 Worlds without bidding process". BBC Sport . Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  8. "Qualifying systems approved for World Athletics Championships Oregon22 and World Athletics U20 Championships Nairobi 21". www.worldathletics.org. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  9. "New design: The best athletics stadium worldwide?". StadiumDB. April 23, 2018.
  10. "NBC Sports Group & World Athletics Partner on Long-Term Media Rights Agreement for World Championships in Track and Field". NBC Sports. November 23, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2021.

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