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SA

South African track and field ath­letes have be­tween May 1 and July 11 next year to meet the stan­dards.

They have to prove their level of readi­ness at next year’s se­nior na­tional cham­pi­onships, which will be con­sid­ered the Olympic tri­als.

No African com­pe­ti­tions will be con­sid­ered as an av­enue for qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Swim­mers will have to at­tain the in­ter­na­tional swimming fed­er­a­tion A-stan­dard qual­i­fy­ing time at next year’s na­tional aquat­ics cham­pi­onships and – like most other codes – no African com­pe­ti­tions will be con­sid­ered for qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

USA

The US holds Olympic tri­als and also qual­i­fies via the Pan Amer­i­can Games, which is held among ath­letes from na­tions of the Amer­i­cas ev­ery four years in the year be­fore the Olympic Games.

CHINA

Ath­letes must com­pete at the Asian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships and China will also use the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships, which it hosts next month, to qual­ify for Rio.

China qual­i­fies its swim­mers through the Asian/Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships.

RUS­SIA

Ath­letes must qual­ify at the 2016 Rus­sian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

Swim­mers must qual­ify at the 2016 Rus­sian Swimming Cham­pi­onships.

GREAT BRI­TAIN

There are sin­gle en­try stan­dards for each gen­der for Rio 2016, rather than A and B stan­dards, at the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing next month.

Bri­tish swim­mers must qual­ify by fin­ish­ing in the top two of the Olympic tri­als, hav­ing gained the qual­i­fy­ing A stan­dard in­ter­na­tion­ally, as set by Bri­tish Swimming.

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