SA Sprinter will miss the IAAF champs because of ASA high qualifying standards

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has raised the qualifying standard for athletes to make the South African team going to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world championships which take place in London from August.

Alyssa Conley, SA Sprinter is excluded from the team owing to the different and higher qualifying standards set by ASA compared to the IAAF standards.

Standing at the start of 200m final in Potchefstroom, sometime in April I heard the commentator saying qualification is 22.65 and that was just before I ran the final at the National Championships.

Alyssa Conley, SA Sprinter

The IAAF qualifying standard for 200m is 23.2.

Alyssa Conley, SA Sprinter

She says that the history of the 200m sprinters in South Africa shows that other than the record being questionable at 22.06, the fastest time was 22.69, run a couple of years ago by Isabel Le Roux. "Since then we haven't had anything faster, its crazy", adds Conley.

She says making it to the championships is an athlete's bread and butter so with the added pressure their running is compromised.

The IAAF World championships will take place in London from 4 to 13 August 2017.

Listen here to the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : SA Sprinter will miss the IAAF champs because of ASA high qualifying standards


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