With only 10 days to go to the start of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, one of the most important global sporting events of the year, athletes are fine tuning their preparation ahead of what is their major target of the summer.
Some athletes like Three-time defending champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica are actually already in Korea as part of their national training camps.
Bolt was the undisputed star of the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin where not only did he win three gold medals but he also broke the world records in the men’s 100 and 200m finals.
For each of these latter performances, Bolt was rewarded with an additional world record bonus of $100,000 presented with the support of two of the IAAF’s partners, TDK (for the men’s events) and Toyota (for the women’s events).
Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk was also presented with a World Record Award in Berlin following her 77.96 World record in the women’s Hammer Throw final.
The IAAF said Wednesday that it is presenting the World Record Programme at the Daegu World Championships where any athlete who achieves a World Record will be eligible for a special World Record Award of $100,000 on offer by Toyota and TDK.
It said that equally the World Record will not attract the prize at stake.
“The performance must be an improvement on the existing IAAF World Record. Performances which equal the existing IAAF World Record will not be eligible for a World Record Award,” said the world athletics ruling body.
INDIVIDUAL PRIZE MONEY
The IAAF also confirmed its Prize money structure for the IAAF World Championships for individual events, relays and Marathon Cup Standings as follows:
Winner: US$ 60,000; Silver Medallist: US$ 30,000; Bronze medallist: US$ 20,000; fourth place: US$ 15,000; fifth place: US$ 10,000; sixth place: US$ 6,000; seventh place: US$ 5,000; eighth place: US$ 4,000
Winners:US$ 80,000; Silver Medallists: US$ 40,000; Bronze Medallists: US$ 20,000; fourth place: US$ 16,000; fifth place: US$ 12,000; sixth place: US$ 8,000; seventh place: US$ 6,000; eighth place: US$ 4,000
Winners:US$ 20,000; Silver Medallists: US$ 15,000; Bronze medallists: US$ 12,000; fourth place: US$ 10,000; fifth place: US$ 8,000; sixth place: US$ 6,000