IAAF World Athletics Tour

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IAAF World Athletics Tour
IAAF World Athletics Tour logo.jpg
SportTrack and field
Founded2006
Ceased2009
Qualificationfor World Athletics Final
Official websiteIAAF Official website

The IAAF World Athletics Tour was an annual global circuit of one day track and field competitions organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Formed in 2006, it comprised two separate levels of athletics meetings: the first level being the IAAF Golden League and IAAF Super Grand Prix events, and the second comprising IAAF Grand Prix events and area permit meetings.[1][2] It replaced the IAAF World Outdoor Meetings series, which had only started three years earlier, and rendered the IAAF Grand Prix II series defunct.[3]

The tour featured twenty-five of the world's premier athletics meetings comprising: six Golden League meetings, five Super Grand Prix meetings and fourteen Grand Prix meetings. There were also 25 or more area permit meetings every year which were run by one of the six continental athletics associations, which featured some point-scoring events. Athletes collected points at the meetings, dependent upon their finishing position, and the overall points leaders gained entry to the annual World Athletics Final.[4]

From 2010 onwards the World Athletics Tour is replaced by the IAAF Diamond League and IAAF World Challenge Meetings.

Editions[edit]

The IAAF World Athletics Tour calendar was subject to change during its lifetime, with the number of meetings, the constituent meetings, and the duration of the series all regularly changing from year to year. Athletes received points based on their performances at the meetings on the circuit, with more points being given at the more prestigious and competitive competitions.

From 2006 to 2009, series points could also be scored in certain events at Area Permit Meetings (APMs), although the meetings themselves were not considered a formal part of the series. Area permit meetings were divided by continent as follows: Asian Grand Prix (Asia), CAA Grand Prix Series (Africa), EAA Outdoor Meetings (Europe), Oceania Area Permit Meetings (Oceania), NACAC Area Permit Meetings (North America), and Grand Prix Sudamericano (South America).

A total of five meeting categories existed over the lifetime of the circuit:

Edition Year Start date End date Meets GL SGP GP APM Final Final date Ref.
1 2006 9 March 3 September 24 6 6 12 25 2006 IAAF World Athletics Final 9–10 September [5]
2 2007 2 March 16 September 24 6 5 13 27 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final 22–23 September [6]
3 2008 28 September 2007 9 September 2008 25 6 5 14 29 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final 13–14 September [7][8]
4 2009 20 September 2008 6 September 2009 25 6 5 14 29 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final 12–13 September [9][10]

Points system[edit]

Athletes earned points in each event at the designated IAAF World Athletics Tour meetings. Winning athletes at Grand Prix level meetings earned ten points, while runners-up earned between one and eight points dependent on their finishing position. The Golden League and Super Grand Prix meets were worth twice as many points. Furthermore, athletes may earned additional points at certain area permit meetings.

The athletes with the most points at the end of the season's World Athletics Tour were entered to compete at the World Athletics Final, an event which offers athletes the possibility of substantial earnings.

Meetings[edit]

The IAAF World Athletics Tour calendar was subject to change during its lifetime, with the number of meetings, the constituent meetings and the duration of the series all regularly changing from year to year. Athletes received points based on their performances at the meetings on the circuit, with more points being given at the more prestigious and competitive competitions.

# Meeting City Country 2006 2007 2008 2009
1 ISTAF Berlin Berlin Germany GL GL GL GL
2 Bislett Games Oslo Norway GL GL GL GL
3 Golden Gala Rome Italy GL GL GL GL
4 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich Switzerland GL GL GL GL
5 Memorial Van Damme Brussels Belgium GL GL GL GL
6 Meeting Areva Saint-Denis France GL GL GL GL
7 Herculis Monte Carlo Monaco SGP SGP SGP SGP
8 Athletissima Lausanne Switzerland SGP SGP SGP SGP
9 London Grand Prix London United Kingdom SGP SGP SGP SGP
10 DN Galan Stockholm Sweden SGP SGP SGP SGP
11 Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix Doha Qatar SGP SGP SGP SGP
12 British Grand Prix Gateshead United Kingdom GP GP GP GP
13 Athens Grand Prix Tsiklitiria Athens Greece GP GP GP GP
14 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava Czech Republic GP GP GP GP
15 Meeting de Atletismo Madrid Madrid Spain GP GP GP GP
16 Prefontaine Classic Eugene United States GP GP GP GP
17 Osaka Grand Prix Osaka Japan GP GP GP GP
18 Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo Rio de Janeiro Brazil GP GP GP GP
19 Melbourne Track Classic Melbourne Australia GP GP GP GP
20 FBK Games Hengelo Netherlands GP GP GP GP
21 Rieti Meeting Rieti Italy GP GP GP GP
22 Hanžeković Memorial Zagreb Croatia GP GP GP GP
23 Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar Dakar Senegal GP GP GP GP
24 Adidas Grand Prix New York City United States APM GP GP GP
25 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Shanghai China GP GP GP
26 Helsinki Grand Prix Helsinki Finland GP - - -
27 Gugl Grand Prix Linz Austria APM APM - -
28 Brothers Znamensky Memorial Zhukovsky Russia APM - APM APM
29 International Meeting Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Greece APM APM APM APM
30 Memorial Primo Nebiolo Turin Italy APM APM APM APM
31 Meeting Lille-Métropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq France APM APM APM APM
32 Josef Odložil Memorial Prague Czech Republic APM APM APM APM
33 KBC Night of Athletics Heusden-Zolder Belgium APM APM APM APM
34 Grande Premio Rio de Atletismo Rio de Janeiro Brazil APM APM APM APM
35 IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart Germany WAF WAF WAF WAF
Telstra A-series Brisbane Brisbane Australia APM - - -
CAA Grand Prix d'Abuja Abuja Nigeria APM APM APM APM
Jamaica International Invitational Kingston Jamaica APM APM APM APM
GP Sul-Americano de Porto Alegre Porto Alegre Brazil APM - - -
GP Sud-Americano CAIXA de Atletismo Fortaleza Brazil APM APM APM APM
Adidas Track Classic Carson United States APM APM APM APM
European Athletics Festival Bydgoszcz Bydgoszcz Poland APM APM APM APM
Reunión Internacional Gobierno de Aragon Zaragoza Spain APM APM APM APM
Maroc Telecom Rabat International Rabat Morocco APM - - APM
Janusz Kusociński Memorial Warsaw Poland APM APM APM APM
Meeting Atletismo Huelva Huelva Spain APM - - -
CAA Grand Prix d'Alger Algiers Algeria APM APM APM APM
Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern Lucerne Switzerland APM APM APM APM
Vardinoyiannia Rethymno Greece APM APM APM APM
Tallinn Meeting Tallinn Estonia APM APM APM APM
Palio Città della Quercia Rovereto Italy APM APM APM APM
Telstra A-series Grand Prix - Canberra Canberra Australia - APM APM -
Telstra A-series Grand Prix - Sydney Sydney Australia - APM APM APM
New Zealand Grand Prix - Christchurch Christchurch New Zealand - APM - -
Gold Meeting Sesi Caixa Uberlândia Brazil - APM APM APM
Grand Premio Andalucía Herrera Spain - APM - -
Asian Grand Prix - Bangkok Bangkok Thailand - APM APM -
Asian Grand Prix - Guwahati Guwahati India - APM - -
Asian Grand Prix - Pune Pune India - APM - -
New Zealand Permit Meeting Waitakere City New Zealand - - APM APM
Ponce Grand Prix de Atletismo Ponce Puerto Rico - - APM APM
Brazzaville CAA Super Grand Prix Brazzaville Republic of the Congo - - APM -
Meeting de Atletismo Jerez Jerez de la Frontera Spain - - APM -
Asian Grand Prix - Korat Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand - - APM -
Asian Grand Prix - Hanoi Hanoi Vietnam - - APM -
Asian AA Grand Prix - Suzhou Suzhou China - - - APM
Asian AA Grand Prix - Kunshan Kunshan China - - - APM
Asian AA Grand Prix - Hong Kong Hong Kong China - - - APM
Meeting de Atletismo Málaga Málaga Spain - - - APM
Moscow Open Moscow Russia - - - APM

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Athletics Tour. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
  2. ^ Turner, Chris (2005). IAAF - World Athletics Tour. International Sports Press Association. Retrieved on 2009-09-11.
  3. ^ IAAF World Outdoor Meetings 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-24.
  4. ^ IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final 2009 - Who and how many qualify?. IAAF (2009-03-069). Retrieved on 2009-09-07.
  5. ^ World Athletics Tour 2006. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  6. ^ World Athletics Tour 2007. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  7. ^ World Athletics Tour Results 2008. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  8. ^ Area Permit Meetings scoring for World Athletics Tour 2008. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  9. ^ World Athletics Tour Results 2009. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  10. ^ Area Permit Meetings scoring for World Athletics Tour 2009. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  11. ^ IAAF Permit Meetings 2006. IAAF (archived). Retrieved 2019-09-25.

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