Updated 2 July 2021
Cover image by Casey Sims/Athletics Australia
After over 900 days the Olympic qualifying period has ended, with World Athletics publishing the final list of athletes eligible for selection. All that is left to be done is for Athletics Australia to formally select athletes, and in a few cases, exercise discretion on which eligible athletes have the distinction of being an Olympian in Tokyo, or not.
If Athletics Australia’s selectors pick all eligible athletes there will be 59 athletes wearing the green and gold in individual events, along with another 3-4 relay runners to be added for the women’s 4x400m squad. The team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio was 60 athletes, including relay runners.
For the second successive Games, Australia did not qualify a men’s relay team (4x100m or 4x400m), while the women’s 4x100m also narrowly missed qualifying, making it a five Games drought since Australia fielded a team. Australia did not qualify a team in the new mixed 4x400m relay.
At the close of qualifying, Athletics Australia’s selectors are left with decisions to make on which eligible athletes to pick in the following events:
- Men’s 1500m: Olli Hoare or Matthew Ramsden (to join the already selected Jye Edwards and Stewart McSweyn).
- Women’s 1500m: Two of Jessica Hull, Georgia Griffith and Abbey Caldwell (to join the already selected Linden Hall). Hull will presumably be chosen, having withdrawn from the 5000m that she had already been selected for.
- Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Two of Amy Cashin, Paige Campbell and Georgia Winkcup (to join the already selected Genevieve Gregson).
- Women’s 5000m: Three of Isobel Batt-Doyle, Rose Davies, Jenny Blundell and Melissa Duncan.
- Women’s 20km Walk: Two of Katie Hayward, Rebecca Henderson and Claire Woods (to join already selected Jemima Montag)
Before we delve into the presumptive Olympic team and which athletes have missed out, a quick recap of the qualifying process. Firstly, each event has a quota for the number of entries and there were two pathways to be eligible for selection for Australian athletes. To be eligible, athletes needed to either:
- Reach the Olympic qualifying standard; or
- Be ranked within remaining spots (if any) for the quota for their event after universality places for countries with no qualified athletes were added. These remaining spots were based on the World Athletics Rankings. These rankings take into account a number of performances from athletes, assigning points for the overall quality of performance, as well as the placing achieved in competitions, weighted by how important the competitions are. Our article from November last year breaks the World Rankings down in more detail.
World Athletics advised that of the 1900 international athletes set to compete in Tokyo, that around 70% qualified by reaching the qualifying standard, and around 30% from World Ranking places. For Australia’s team, the split will be very similar.
A maximum three athletes per country per event can be selected. The qualifying period ended 29 June and national federations now have until 5 July to enter athletes. It is expected that Athletics Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee will jointly announce the final Australian athletes to be selected this weekend.
What are the big movements in the past week?
There are so many, especially with the big point scoring opportunities that many international athletes had with their national championships.
The positives for Australian athletes:
- The heroic last minute 3000m steeplechase qualifying mark for Ed Trippas in Spain. His 8:19.60 run moved him to 3rd on the Australian all-time list.
- Jenny Blundell narrowly missing the 5000m qualifying mark with a 15:10.27 solo run at The Crest. With qualified athletes being withdrawn by their national federations, a quota spot opened up for Blundell based on her World Athletics Ranking, with her run at The Crest contributing to her ranking.
And the heartbreak for some that were within the quota for their event, but have dropped out, or who narrowly missed qualifying:
- Matthew Clarke ran a superb 8:22.13 PB in the 3000m Steeplechase to narrowly miss the qualifying standard by 0.13 seconds. Ironically, were it not for Ed Trippas’ last minute qualifier, Clarke would have made the quota for the event based on his World Ranking, but unfortunately misses out by a single place.
- 100m hurdlers Brianna Beahan and Hannah Jones variously being in, and out of, and back in, but ultimately both missing out of a quota position during the final week of qualifying.
- Lauren Boden being overtaken in the final week of qualifying by international athletes and dropping out of a quota place in the 400m hurdles.
What happens now?
World Athletics outlines the process on their website in detail, but we are really at the pointy end now.
To be succinct, the only thing that happens now is national federations pick which athletes will represent them from the final list of eligible athletes.
There is no further ‘roll down’ if a place is not accepted. The period for not accepting quota positions ended on 29 June and per the World Athletics qualification process ‘Quota places declined after the above deadlines [29 June, or 31 May for marathon & 50km walk] will NOT be reallocated.‘
So, to the final update of our table tracking athletes that are now are either:
- Selected: Already Named by Athletics Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee in a specific event.
- Qualified: Have met the qualifying standard for an event, but have not yet been selected. Can be selected by Athletics Australia.
- In quota: Not qualified but within the final quota for the field size. Can be selected by Athletics Australia.
- Outside quota: Not eligible for selection for the Olympic Games.
- Withdrawn: Athletics Australia advised World Athletics that it would not accept a position in the field for these athletes (as a result of the athletes not wanting to contest those events).
We’ve added some green colour coding for athletes where Athletics Australia just needs to rubber stamp selection, and orange for the discretionary selections required that we detailed earlier.
Tip: If you’re trying to read the table below on a phone, use your web browser and turn your screen to landscape.
Change in scores/ranking/quota cutoff is since last week.
EVENT NAME STATUS PEFF /
100m Rohan Browning Selected 10.05 38th 56 places 100m Hana Basic In quota 1202 44th +2 1174 -2 (56th) 200m Riley Day Selected 22.77 =29th +2 56 places 400m Steven Solomon In quota 1201 41st +2 1184 -5 (48th) 400m Alex Beck In quota 1186 47th +4 1184 -5 (48th) 400m Bendere Oboya Selected 51.21 26th +5 48 places 110m H Nicholas Hough In quota 1241 38th -5 1233 +18 (40th) 110m H Nicholas Andrews Outside quota 1203 51st -7 1215 +18 (40th) 100m H Liz Clay Selected 12.72 =15th 40 places 100m H Sally Pearson (retired) Withdrawn 12.70 Withdrawn 40 places 100m H Hannah Jones Outside quota 1208 +3 42nd +1 1209 -1 (40th) 100m H Brianna Beahan Outside quota 1205 43rd -1 1209 -1 (40th) 400m H Chris Douglas Outside quota 1193 44th -1 1207 +8 (40th) 400m H Sarah Carli Qualified 55.09 23rd 40 places 400m H Lauren Boden Outside quota 1182 42nd -3 1189 +7 (40th) 400m H Sara Klein Outside quota 1177 45th -3 1189 +7 (40th) 800m Charlie Hunter Qualified 1:44.35 19th -2 48 places 800m Peter Bol Qualified 1:44.62 24th -1 48 places 800m Jeff Riseley Qualified 1:44.85 29th -2 48 places 800m Catriona Bisset Selected 1:58.09 11th -1 48 places 800m Linden Hall Withdrawn 1:59.22 Withdrawn 48 places 800m Morgan Mitchell In quota 1189 42nd +1 1180 +3 (48th) 1500m Stewart McSweyn Selected 3:31.81 13th 45 places 1500m Jye Edwards Selected 3:33.99 28th +2 45 places 1500m Oliver Hoare Qualified 3:32.35 18th 45 places 1500m Matthew Ramsden Qualified 3:34.97 38th+ +2 45 places 1500m Linden Hall Selected 3:59.67 13th +2 45 places 1500m Jessica Hull Qualified 4:01.80 18th +1 45 places 1500m Georgia Griffith In quota 1200 35th +1 1159 -10 (45th) 1500m Abbey Caldwell In quota 1174 +8 43rd+ +4 1159 -10 (45th) 3000m St Ed Trippas Qualified 8:19.60 29th +28 45 places 3000m St Ben Buckingham In quota 1211 42nd -6 1197 +23 (45th) 3000m St Matthew Clarke Outside quota 1178 +12 46th +7 1197 +23 (45th) 3000m St James Nipperess Outside quota 1176 49th+ -3 1197 +23 (45th) 3000m St Genevieve Gregson Selected 9:23.84 17th +1 45 places 3000m St Amy Cashin Qualified 9:28.60 26th -1 45 places 3000m St Paige Campbell In quota 1209 34th 1190 +11 (45th) 3000m St Georgia Winkcup In quota 1199 40th+ -3 1190 +11 (45th) 3000m St Cara Feain-Ryan Outside quota 1188 48th+ -4 1190 +11 (45th) 5000m Stewart McSweyn Withdrawn 13:05.63 Withdrawn 42 places 5000m Patrick Tiernan Qualified 13:12.68 26th 42 places 5000m David McNeill Qualified 13:12.82 27th 42 places 5000m Morgan McDonald In quota 1251 31st+ 1159 +9 (42nd) 5000m Matthew Ramsden Outside quota 1158 +5 44th+ -3 1159 +9 (42nd) 5000m Jessica Hull Withdrawn 14:57.00 Withdrawn 42 places 5000m Isobel Batt-Doyle Qualified 15:04.10 28th +6 42 places 5000m Rose Davies Qualified 15:08.48 35th +9 42 places 5000m Jenny Blundell In quota 1169 40th ++ 1143 (42nd) 5000m Melissa Duncan In quota 1164 42nd+ 1143 (42nd) 10000m Stewart McSweyn Withdrawn 27:23.80 Withdrawn 28 qualifiers/places 10000m Patrick Tiernan Qualified 27:22.55 20th 28 qualifiers/places 10000m Ellie Pashley Withdrawn 31:18.89 Withdrawn 30 qualifiers/places High Jump Brandon Starc Qualified 2.36m =8th 32 places High Jump Nicola McDermott Selected 2.00m =5th +1 32 places High Jump Eleanor Patterson Qualified 1.99m =8th +2 32 places Pole Vault Kurtis Marschall Selected 5.80m =14th +1 32 places Pole Vault Nina Kennedy Selected 4.82m =7th 32 places Pole Vault Elizaveta Parnova In quota 1193 24th +3 1150 +2 (32nd) Long Jump Henry Frayne In quota 1227 32nd -2 1227 +8 (32nd) Long Jump Darcy Roper Outside quota 1208 37th -2 1227 +8 (32nd) Long Jump Chris Mitrevski Outside quota 1206 40th -4 1227 +8 (32nd) Long Jump Brooke Stratton Selected 6.84m =18th +2 32 places Discus Matt Denny Qualified 66.15m 28th -2 32 places Discus Dani Samuels Selected 65.93m 11th 32 places Discus Taryn Gollshewsky Outside quota 1116 36th -2 1135 +16 (32nd) Hammer Alexandra Hulley Outside quota 1129 38th -1 1155 +14 (32nd) Javelin Kelsey Lee-Barber Selected 67.70m 4th 32 places Javelin Kathryn Mitchell In quota 1166 24th +1 1130 -4 (32nd) Javelin Mackenzie Little In quota 1145 30th -1 1130 -4 (32nd) Decathlon Ashley Moloney Selected 8492p 8th 24 places Decathlon Cedric Dubler Selected 8367p 16th 24 places 4x100m Men Outside quota 38.83 21st 38.47 (16th) 4x100m Women Outside quota 43.11 17th 43.04 (16th) 4x400m Men Outside quota 3:03.53 25th 3:02.42 (16th) 4x400m Women In quota 3:28.64 14th 3:29.40 (16th) 4x400m Mixed Outside quota 3:17.00 25th 3:14.09 (16th) 20km W Dane Bird-Smith Selected 1:20:52 40th +1 60 places 20km W Rhydian Cowley Withdrawn 1:20:19 Withdrawn 60 places 20km W Kyle Swan In quota 1147 51st +1 1112 -20 (60th) 20km W Declan Tingay In quota 1141 55th +2 1112 -20 (60th) 20km W Jemima Montag Selected 1:28:50 17th 60 places 20km W Katie Hayward Qualified 1:29:25 23rd 60 places 20km W Rebecca Henderson In quota 1137 48th 1097 +4 (60th) 20km W Claire Woods In quota 1106 57th+ -1 1097 +4 (60th) 50km W Rhydian Cowley Selected 1199 39th 1128 (60th) Marathon Liam Adams Selected 2:10:48 91st Marathon Brett Robinson Selected 2:10:55 95th Marathon Jack Rayner Selected 2:11:06 103rd Marathon Sinead Diver Selected 2:24:11 21st Marathon Lisa Weightman Selected 2:26:02 28th Marathon Ellie Pashley Selected 2:26:21 34th Marathon Milly Clark Qualified 2:28:08 63rd+
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