The World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, is around the corner and the excitement is off the roof. The spectacle is slated for August 19-27, 2023.
However, various changes have been introduced come the Championships- these changes will be effected even in the upcoming Athletics championships.
A lane draw in athletics is the process of assigning the runners to different lanes on the track for events like 100m, 200m, 400m, etc. The lane draw can affect the runners’ performance because of the track’s curvature and visibility.
Here are the lane draw changes;
|Draws||All (old)||Straight (new)||200m (new)||400m (new)|
|Top-ranked||3, 4, 5, 6||3, 4, 5, 6||5, 6, 7||4, 5, 6, 7|
|Next ranked||7, 8||2, 7||3, 4, 8||3, 8|
|Last ranked||1, 2||1, 8||1, 2||1, 2|
QUALIFICATIONS IN THE MIDDLE- DISTANCE EVENTS
From Budapest onwards, qualifying from rounds of the 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, and 5000m will be based purely on positions, not time. This will eliminate inequality.
|Heats||Q||q||To next round||Heats||Q||q||To next round|
|3000m SC (36)||SF||3||3||6||15||3||5||0||15|
THE Q ROOM
A room will be set up where non-automatic qualifiers can wait to check if they have advanced in all sprints, hurdles, and 800m events. The space will contain relaxing recliners, TV screens to watch following races, foam rollers, and stretch bands, refreshments, and access to their coaches and equipment.
Throwers will be allowed to use their own throwing implements provided they are of the standard allowed by the organizers.
Additional information from the official World Athletics Website