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New track and field world rankings to shape Olympic entries

16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 - Day Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Justin Gatlin of the United States (L) crosses the finish line and celebrates his win in the Men’s 100 metres final in 9.92 seconds as Christian Coleman of The United States finishes second and Usain Bolt of Jamaica finishes in third during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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MONACO (AP) — The IAAF will create a world rankings system to help decide qualification for the Olympics and world championships.

Track and field’s governing body says Hungary-based analysts Elite Ltd. will help with “the build, management and maintenance of a new IAAF results and statistics database.”

The IAAF says the rankings will operate next year and be used to shape entries to the 2019 Worlds in Doha, Qatar, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Details about how the rankings point system will work have not been finalized.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said the rankings will give “a clear understanding of the hierarchy of competitions from national through to area and up to global events.”

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