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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Selection Process


October 17, 2019- Hagatna, Guam-


Guam Track and Field Association (GTFA), in compliance with the IAAF Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualification System, announces the following criteria to select its athlete(s) for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Athletes representing Guam at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games must be registered, active members of GTFA and must meet GNOC Residency requirements.


Age Requirements

Senior Athletes: Any athlete aged 20 on 31 December in the year of the competition (born in 2000 or earlier) may compete in any event.

Junior Athletes: Any athlete aged 18 or 19 years on 31 December in the year of the competition (born in 2001 or 2002) may compete in any event except the Marathon and 50km Race Walk.

Youth Athletes: Any athlete aged 16 or 17 years on 31 December in the year of the competition (born in 2003 and 2004) may compete in any event except the throwing events, Heptathlon, Decathlon, 10,000m, Marathon and Race Walk.

Athletes Younger than 16: No athlete younger than 16 years of age on 31 December in the year of the competition (born in 2005 or later) may compete at the Olympic Games.


Qualification process:*

An athlete can qualify in one of two ways:

  1. Achieve the entry standard within the respective qualification period at approved meets or road races.

  2. Qualify by virtue of his IAAF World Ranking Position in the selected event at the end of the respective qualification period.

Qualification period:

  • Marathon and 50km Race Walk: from 1 January 2019 to 31 May 2020

  • 10,000m, 20km Race Walk and Combined Events: from 1 January 2019 to 29 June 2020

  • All other events: from 1 May 2019 to 29 June 2020

UNIVERSALITY PLACES (UNQUALIFIED ATHLETES)

If no Guam athlete meets the above qualification standards, GTFA will use the one (1) universality place for unqualified athletes.


In order to determine the top Guam athlete (male OR female) that will fill the universality place, GTFA will use the most recent IAAF Scoring Tables to rank the athletes performances. GTFA will use the athletes’ best performance within the qualification period and determine the assigned IAAF score. The top performance score, either male or female, will be the priority selection.


The Official Tokyo 2020 qualification system states that "NOCs with no male or female qualified athlete or relay team will be allowed to enter their best ranked male athlete OR their best ranked female athlete in one athletic event, with the exception of the Combined Events, 10,000m and 3000m Steeplechase."


*Full entry standards and more detailed information on criteria for the GTFA Tokyo 2020 Olympics Selection Process can be found in the documents page.