Prefontaine Classic - Sha'Carri Richardson of Team United States, Gabrielle Thomas of Team United States, Shericka Jackson of Team Jamaica and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Team Ivory Coast react after the Women's 200m Final during day seven of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 at National Athletics Centre on August 25, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics)
FILE: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 25: Sha'Carri Richardson of Team United States, Gabrielle Thomas of Team United States, Shericka Jackson of Team Jamaica and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Team Ivory Coast react after the Women's 200m Final during day seven of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at National Athletics Centre on August 25, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics)

In a significant move set to reshape the landscape of track and field, the World Athletics Council has green-lighted a proposal that will revamp the summer athletics season starting in 2025.

This ambitious plan aims to weave a season-long narrative leading up to the World Athletics Championships, ensuring a dramatic build-up to what promises to be an annual sporting crescendo. Moreover, this restructure is designed to harmonize the global athletics calendar, culminating each season with the World Championships in a fixed mid-September slot.

World Athletics to Use All Nine Lanes in Semifinals and Finals, Starting 2025

Adding to the structural changes, the Council has also sanctioned a pivotal update to the competition format for laned events, encompassing sprints and races up to 800 meters. Starting from the 2025 World Athletics Championships, all nine lanes will be utilized in semifinals and finals when available, a departure from the traditional eight-lane format. This adjustment is more than a logistical change; it’s a strategic enhancement to the race progression conditions, ensuring a more inclusive and competitive final.

Under the new system, the top three finishers from each semifinal will secure their spot in the final, expanding the field to nine athletes or teams vying for glory. ALSO READ: Unstoppable Christopher Morales-Williams Breaks Indoor 400m World Record in Stunning SEC Victory

This overhaul reflects World Athletics’ commitment to elevating the sport’s appeal and accessibility, ensuring that each season builds momentum and excitement leading up to its pinnacle event. By offering a more predictable calendar and intensifying competition, these changes are poised to usher in a new era for athletics, promising fans and athletes alike a more engaging, competitive, and globally cohesive track and field season.

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  1. Extremely Bad idea. Athletes will get burnt out and have sub-par performances. The sport has become desperate, competing for sponsorships and the athletes will pay the price. Seb Coe only cares about money and the athletes are just cattle to him.

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