Technical Specifications

The specifications for some events and various implements change with the age of the competitor. This allows for the changes in ability as we progress through the age groups. Included in the technical specifications is the order in which events are contested in the multi-event competitions. While WMA rules generally follow WA (formerly IAAF) rules there are differences as set out here. Technical Specifications PDF to download

 WORLD MASTERS ATHLETICS COMPETITION RULES 

Hurdles Specifications

Age Group Distance (m) Hurdle Height (m) No of Hurdles To First Hurdle (m) Between Hurdles (m) To Finish (m)
Women: Short
30-39 100 .840 10 13 8.5 10.5
40-49 80 .762 8 12 8.0 12
50-59 80 .762 8 12 7.0 19
60+ 80 .686 8 12 7.0 19
Women: Long
30-49 400 .762 10 45 35 40
50-59 300 .762 7 50 35 40
60-69 300 .686 7 50 35 40
70+ 200 .686 5 20 35 40
Men: Short
30-49 110 .991 10 13.72 9.14 14.02
50-59 100 .914 10 13 8.5 10.5
60-69 100 .840 10 12 8.0 16
70-79 80 .762 8 12 7.0 19
80+ 80 .686 8 12 7.0 19
Men: Long
30-49 400 .914 10 45 35 40
50-59 400 .840 10 45 35 40
60-69 300 .762 7 50 35 40
70-79 300 .686 7 50 35 40
80+ 200 .686 5 20 35 40

Steeplechase Specifications

Women Men
Age Distance Height Age Distance Height
30+ 2,000m 0.762m 30-59 3,000m 0.914m
  60+ 2,000m 0.762m

Steeplechase – WMA will survey all the regions and member federations this year (2023) to see the rate of installation of the new steeplechase barrier height (M30-59 – 0.838m). All countries currently can adhere to the ‘old’ specifications, records will only be endorsed to those until changes are approved by the WMA Council.’

Multi Events Specifications

Combined Events Scoring as of 2023

Pentathlon Decathlon Heptathlon Throws Pentathlon
Women:
100m, Shot Put, Long Jump, Javelin, 800m
Men:
Long Jump, Javelin, 200m, Discus, 1500m
Day 1:
100m, Long Jump, Shot, High Jump, 400m
Day 2:
Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 1500m
Day 1:
Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m
Day 2:
Long Jump, Javelin, 800m
All Women & Men
Hammer, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Weight

Throwing Implements Specifications

Please see also the  Detailed Specifications Of Throwing Implements

Indoor Throwing Implement Specification Appendix A – Indoor Weight –  P30

  Hammer (kg) Shot (kg) Discus (kg) Javelin (gm) Weight (kg)
Women
30-49 4.00 4.00 1.00 600 9.080 (20lb)
50-59 3.00 3.00 1.00 500 7.260 (16lb)
60-74 3.00 3.00 1.00 500 (01/01/2014) 5.450 (12lb)
75+ 2.00 2.00 0.75 400 4.000 (8.8lb)
Men
30-49 7.26 7.26 2.00 800 15.880 (35lb)
50-59 6.00 6.00 1.50 700 11.340 (25lb)
60-69 5.00 5.00 1.00 600 9.080 (20lb)
70-79 4.00 4.00 1.00 500 7.260 (16lb)
80+ 3.00 3.00 1.00 400 5.450 (12lb)