Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has released entry standards for athletes intending to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
The federation also revealed monetary incentives for athletes that achieve the federation’s entry standards, the highest being $50,000 for any athlete that wins a gold medal in Rio. Silver and bronze medals will fetch $30,000 and $10,000 respectively. Athletes who get to the final will get $2500.
The entry standards must be achieved between January 1 – June 30, 2016 and athletes who meet these standards will get $2000 to aid their training for Olympics.
AFN spokesman, Olukayode Thomas maintained that athletes who intend to compete in the men and women 100m must run 10.09secs and 11.10secs respectively. For the 200m, the men must run 20.20secs and the women 22.50secs. In the 400m, the entry standard is 45.20secs for men and 50.90secs for women.
For athletes intending to compete in the men 800m, the standard is 1.45.30secs and 2.00.00secs for women.
The men 110m hurdles standard is 13.35secs and women 100m hurdles is 12.85secs. Intending athletes in the men and women 400m hurdles must run 48.95secs and 54.93secs. In the field events the men’s high jump standard is 2.31 meters and women 1.98meters. Men long jumpers must jump 8.20meters and women 6.90meters. Triple jumpers dreaming of going to Rio must achieve 17.25meters for the men and 14.60meters for the women. For pole-vault, the standard is 5.70meters for men and 4.60meters for women.
Men and women shot-put throwers must achieve 20.60meters and 18.50meters, while the standard for discuss throw is 66.00meters and 65.15meters for women.
79.00meters is the standard for men hammer and 72.20meters for women.
Male javelin throwers must achieve 83.00meters and women 65.10meters. 8,200points is for decathlon, while hepthalon is 6,300points.
For the relays, 38.50secs is for men 4x100m and 42.00secs for women. The 4x400m men must run
3.00.00secs to qualify and the women 3.28.00secs.