Can New IAAF Standards Resurrect USA Men’s Hammer?
Yesterday the IAAF has released the new standards for next year’s World Championships in Beijing. If you’re not yet aware, it was already made public that they wanted a standard that would fill roughly 75% of the field. Then if needed, they would fill in the rest of the fields from the world list. Personally, I think the standard should be 77m, but that’s beside the point.
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Hopefully/Ideally, the lower standard will make it easier for these recent graduate athletes to achieve “elite” status (aka hitting A standard), and will keep them in US uniforms (e.g., McCullough to Ireland, Tayala to Germany)…
I hope so too. The irony is that it was tougher to make the German and Irish teams recently since they have not been taking athletes with just the B standard. Germany left Esser off the team European Championships this summer. Now McCullough is back for the US (http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/hammer-blow-for-ireland-as-mccullough-to-make-us-return-30388517.html) and lower standards might keep more around.