MonteCarloWith the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2007 nearing its conclusion, we can really start looking forward to an exciting climax of the season at the 5th edition of the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, which is taking place in Stuttgart, Germany, on 22 and 23 September 2007.
The World Athletics Final is closely linked to the World Athletics Tour, because athletes qualify for the Final by scoring points on the Tour throughout the year. The World Athletics Tour (WAT) is composed of 24 Permit Meetings, divided into two levels. The first comprises the IAAF Golden League and Super Grand Prix, and the second level, the Grand Prix meetings, with each IAAF Continental Association represented by at least one WAT meeting.
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After the last World Athletics Tour meeting of the season (Berlin, GER, 16 Sep), the 7 top Athletes per each event (11 athletes for races of 1500m and over) who have the highest number of points from their best 5 results (4 for throws) - will qualify automatically for the World Athletics Final. The IAAF reserves the right to invite a maximum of 1 wild-card Athlete per event.
It is a condition that athletes have scored points in at least 3 meetings, and in case of a tie the athlete with best seasonal best qualify for the Final. There are also a number of Area Permit Meetings at which points can be scored for the World Athletics Final.
IAAF World Athletics Final – Qualification Points Scoring System
At each WAT meeting, points are allocated to the best 8 athletes in each event (12 for middle distances):
IAAF Golden League & Super Grand Prix
1. 20 pts
2. 16 pts
3. 14 pts
4. 12 pts
5. 10 pts
6. 8 pts
7. 6 pts
8. 4 pts
IAAF Grand Prix
1. 10 pts
2. 8 pts
3. 7 pts
4. 6 pts
5. 5 pts
6. 4 pts
7. 3 pts
8. 2 pts
For middle distances (1500m and above), the athletes finishing 9th to 12th will also score points:
IAAF Golden League & Super Grand Prix: 3 pts
IAAF Grand Prix: 1 pt
If an athlete equals a World record, he/she will be awarded a bonus of 3 points; if he/she improves the World record, the bonus will be 6 points.
In addition to the WAT meetings, athletes can also score qualifying points for the World Athletics Final in a number of Area Permit Meetings.
These points are:
1. 6 pts
2. 4 pts
3. 2 pts
4. 1 pts