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IAAF World Athletics Tour

The IAAF World Athletics Tour was an annual global circuit of one day athletics competitions organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Formed in 2005, 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]

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 numerous area permit meetings every year which were run by one of the six continental athletics associations. Athletes collected points at the meetings, dependent upon their finishing position, and the overall points leaders gained entry to the annual World Athletics Final.[3]

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

Points system

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 runner ups earned between one to 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

Golden League

Main article: IAAF Golden League
Meeting Stadium City Country
Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) Olympiastadion Berlin  Germany
Bislett Games Bislett stadion Oslo  Norway
Golden Gala Stadio Olimpico Rome  Italy
Meeting Areva Stade de France Paris  France
Weltklasse Zürich Letzigrund Zürich   Switzerland
Memorial Van Damme King Baudouin Stadium Brussels  Belgium

Super Grand Prix

Main article: IAAF Super Grand Prix
Meeting Stadium City Country
Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix Khalifa International Stadium Doha  Qatar
Athletissima Stade Olympique de la Pontaise Lausanne   Switzerland
Herculis Stade Louis II Monte Carlo  Monaco
London Grand Prix Crystal Palace National Sports Centre London  United Kingdom
DN Galan Stockholm Olympic Stadium Stockholm  Sweden

Grand Prix

Main article: IAAF Grand Prix
Meeting City Country
Melbourne Track Classic Melbourne  Australia
Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar Dakar  Senegal
Osaka Grand Prix Osaka  Japan
Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo Rio de Janeiro  Brazil
Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo  Netherlands
Reebok Grand Prix New York  United States
Prefontaine Classic Eugene, Oregon  United States
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  Czech Republic
Athens Grand Prix Tsiklitiria Athens  Greece
Hanzekovic Memorial Zagreb  Croatia
Meeting de Atletismo Madrid Madrid  Spain
Rieti IAAF Grand Prix Rieti  Italy
British Grand Prix Gateshead  United Kingdom
Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Shanghai  China

References

External links

  • 2009 official competition calendar
  • 2009 official season website

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