IAU World Records (IAU WR)


IAU World Records (IAU WR) - New Guidelines Effective January 1st, 2022
On September 19th, 2021, the IAU Executive Council approved the new version of the IAU World Records (IAU WR) Guidelines that replace prevoius World Best Performance Guideline. A full list of definitions and eligibility criteria for records can be found in the IAU WORLD RECORDS GUIDELINES provided in the link above. The new guildeline will become effective as of January 1st, 2022. 
Notably though, following are the important new features:
  • 1. World Athletics (WA) has replaced IAAF.
  • 2. 1000km, 1000 miles, and 6 Days are no longer recognized as IAU modalities.
  • 3. The following events will be recognized by WA and WA conditions must be fulfilled for a performance to be ratified: 50km and 100km.
  • 4. In addition to the above, the following events will be considered for ratification as IAU World Records: 6 Hours, 12 Hours, 24 Hours, 48 Hours, 50 miles, and 100 miles.
  • 5. The WA rule on the acceptable thickness of shoes is incorporated (with an exception to allow the use of 4cm thick shoes in track events).
  • 6. The term 'World Best Performance' (WBP) will no longer be used. The term 'IAU WR' will now  be used.
  • 7. Doping control is required for all 8 official modalities for IAU WR ratification and recognition.
IAU Records Committee
October 4th, 2021
IAU World Records (IAU WR)

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