This is a bit smaller of an issue for Rio as National Olympic Committees will require their teams to be selected over a month in advance of the games which means the IAAF will have to set that deadline much earlier (likely sending out invitations at the end of June). It will also be interesting to see this year what federations do to set a precedent moving forward. Britain, Australia and Canada all have clauses in their selection criteria basically saying if the IAAF sends an invitation based on ranking, we may select you but we don't have to. So that is sort of my background going into looking at the standards. The idea is good in theory of sending out invitations, but it will only work is national federations accept those invitations.
So lets move on and look at the actual 2016 Standards. Here are the target field sizes the IAAF is hoping to get
Okay, that pre-amble is out of the way, lets look at what I found
If you want to take a look at the raw data you can check out the 2 excel workbooks I made to do all this:
It will be interesting to see what countries do for their standards next year. Once a bunch have been published I'll have another post looking at the standards and this idea more in-depth. As it is a big topic of conversation (particularly in Canada).
Let me know what you think about these standards and the IAAF qualification system along with your thoughts on countries setting standards tougher than the IAAF standards by commenting below!
*Edit: The last thing to note, and I thought it went without saying but I guess it is always worth saying those things... If countries are going to accept the invitations from the IAAF these standards DO NOT MATTER. It would be nice if the standards were perfect across the board for peace of mind of the athletes. But at the end of the day the events will be filled. This only becomes a problem if countries say that they won't take athletes qualified based on ranking*