Potential record breakers staring at Doha jackpot


Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's 1500 Metre Final – London Stadium, London, Britain - August 7, 2017. ...
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's 1500 Metre Final – London Stadium, London, Britain - August 7, 2017. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates winning gold. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

In Summary

  • Athletes who set a world record will be eligible* for a special award of US$100,000 (10 million KSH) offered by TDK and Qatar National Bank (QNB)
  • The performance must be an improvement on the existing IAAF world record. Performances which equal the existing IAAF world record will not be eligible for a world record award

A galaxy of stars will descend on Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday 27 September for 10 days of scintillating action at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, where the IAAF will once again run its world record programme.

In a statement released by the world athletics governing body, IAAF, on Wednesday September 18th, Athletes who set a world record will be eligible* for a special award of US$100,000 (10 million KSH) offered by TDK and Qatar National Bank (QNB).

The performance must be an improvement on the existing IAAF world record. Performances which equal the existing IAAF world record will not be eligible for a world record award.

Portugal’s Ines Henriques, who set a world record of 4:05:56 in the women’s 50km race walk at the World Championships in London two years ago, and USA’s Ashton Eaton, who broke the decathlon world record in Beijing in 2015 and will be one of the IAAF’s Ambassadors in Doha, are two of the most recent recipients of a world record award.

TDK’s involvement with the IAAF World Championships goes far beyond the world record programme as the Japanese electronics company has been the main bib sponsor for men’s events for all 16 previous editions and will maintain that involvement in Doha.

QNB, which joined the IAAF as a partner last year, will offer the same generous sponsorship package for women’s events at the IAAF World Championships.

 

PRIZE MONEY

Aside from the world record programme, a total of US$ 7,530,000 in prize money will be paid* by the IAAF in Doha as follows:

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

Gold: US$ 60,000

Silver: US$ 30,000

Bronze: US$ 20,000

Fourth place: US$ 15,000

Fifth place: US$ 10,000

Sixth place: US$ 6000

Seventh place: US$ 5000

Eighth place: US$ 4000

RELAYS (per team)

Gold: US$ 80,000

Silver: US$ 40,000

Bronze: US$ 20,000

Fourth place: US$ 16,000

Fifth place: US$ 12,000

Sixth place: US$ 8000

Seventh place: US$ 6000

Eighth place: US$ 4000

* The payment of prize money and bonuses is dependent upon the usual ratification process.

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