Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an elite athlete?
IAAF Fantasy Athletics gives you the opportunity to experience the power, intensity and passion of world-class athletics.
Step into the spikes of your eight-strong team of elite athletes, which you must assemble using your knowledge of the sport and ability to predict future results, and feel the adrenalin rush of competing at some of the world’s leading competitions in the IAAF Samsung Diamond League.
Just think of some of the superstars you could include in your team – Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix, Teddy Tamgho, Yelena Isinbaeva, Andreas Thorkildsen, Blanka Vlasic, Jeremy Wariner, Jessica Ennis, Christophe Lemaitre, Sanya Richards, Liu Xiang, Nancy Langat, Tyson Gay and David Rudisha.
However, it’s not always the big names that triumph week-in week-out in the IAAF Samsung Diamond League, so it’s worth spending some time looking at last year’s results before you attempt to come up with the perfect blend.
And, if you want to stand a chance of winning some fantastic prizes from the IAAF, you will need to stay on your toes and ensure your athletes are competing in the IAAF Samsung Diamond League – the only meetings at which your team can win points.
Putting Together Your Team
Your team must be composed of four male and four female athletes from the list of possible.
You must select a captain for your team who will score double points.
Your athletes will score points based on what they do in real-life IAAF Samsung Diamond League meetings. The team that gains the most points over the course of the 14-meeting season will top the overall standings.
Athletes will win 10 points every time they place first in an event final. They will receive 7 points for finishing as runner-up, 5 points for placing third, 3 points for fourth, 2 points for fifth while each athlete who finishes an event will receive 1 point.
Athletes who do not start or finish their event will receive 0 points but athletes who are disqualified with be penalized with a -5 score.
The team captain will earn double points, which means he or she will receive 20 points for winning an event, 14 points for coming second, 10 points for coming third and so on.
Athletes who achieve a Meeting Record will also receive double points in that event while anyone who sets a new World Record will earn triple points in that event.
It is possible to make unlimited substitutions to your team up to two hours before the scheduled start of any IAAF Samsung Diamond League meeting.
Set up Your Own League
A great feature of IAAF Fantasy Athletics is the ability to set up your own league, which you can then invite family and friends to join.
That way, you can battle it out with those nearest and dearest to you and get a real sense of rivalry going.
You’ll find full details of how to set up your league on the Leagues page.
Who Will You Chose?
Selecting your eight athletes might prove a tricky task.
That’s why we’ve put together some expert guidance to help you make light of the process.
For starters, take a look at the 2012 IAAF Samsung Diamond League schedule.
Then, browse through the IAAF Tips section, which contains a detailed review of the inaugural 2010 IAAF Samsung Diamond League, spotlighting the winners of the key events at meetings across the globe.
Also, we have asked famous athletics personalities - like former World champion and Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson – to pick their team of eight superstars.
Once you’ve checked the schedule and tips you can get down to selecting your team.