Wikidata:Property proposal/IAAF competition category

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IAAF competition category[edit]

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DescriptionCompetition quality ranking assigned by the International Association of Athletics Federations used for comparison and future Olympic qualification
RepresentsInternational Association of Athletics Federations (Q1158)
Data typeString
Template parameter"iaaf_category" in en:Template:Infobox athletics race
Allowed valuesone of the following values (regex): OW|DF|GW|GL|A|B|C|D|E|F
Example 1Weltklasse Zürich (Q661729) → DF
Example 2Prefontaine Classic (Q679614) → GW
Example 3as a qualifier for Usain Bolt (Q1189)'s participant of (P1344) claim with target Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres (Q25397537) and qualifier stage reached (P2443) = semi-final (Q599999) → OW
SourceIAAF World Ranking Basics, en:Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Qualification#Qualifying standards, IAAF World Ranking Calendar
Planned usei plan to use it with User:WikiTrackBot for track and field performances leading up to the 2020 Olympics, additionally adding it as a claim to recurring athletics meet items.
Expected completenesseventually complete (Q21873974), at least for meets ranked D or better in my opinion
Robot and gadget jobsUser:WikiTrackBot will use it in adding athletics performance data to athlete items.
See alsoIAAF athlete ID (P1146)


the IAAF (the major governing body for global track and field) will use a new world rankings system for track and field qualification into the 2020 Olympics and future world championships. the system is live right now, and all athletics meetings (current and historical) have been assigned a "competition category" viewable on the iaaf website that basically says "how competitive" a meet is using various factors such as the number of world records that have occurred at the meeting, the quality of competitors, the prestige of the competition, etc.

once a meeting is assigned a competition category, my understanding is that it will typically not be changed, even in future years. if it is changed, we can just add multiple claims with a point in time (P585) qualifier to clarify the historical categorization.

maintaining these rankings on wikidata is obviously useful for determining Olympic qualification, but it's also useful for a number of other statistical purposes, like for comparing the prestige of two meets or determining the relative worth of a performance (e.g. a win at w:Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres in 3:50.00 is more valuable than a win at the 2018 American collegiate championships in the same discipline in 3:44.77, despite a faster time at the latter event). --Habst (talk) 21:47, 4 July 2019 (UTC)


Pictogram voting comment.svg Notified participants of WikiProject Athletics. --Habst (talk) 21:48, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as nominator. --Habst (talk) 21:48, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Sillyfolkboy (talk) 22:18, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support David (talk) 04:48, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Should datatype be item?--GZWDer (talk) 16:31, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
hi, i didn't consider that before. i wouldn't be opposed but i don't see a benefit to the extra complication right now. if the iaaf ever decides to add a new category type, we can always change the regex, and i don't think the category identifiers would each necessarily justify their own item -- though i can guess backronyms for most of them, i don't think they have official or attested etymologies so they can't be translated, and they don't really have any significance outside of points weighting (though i suppose if the numbers are public, we could add the points weighting algorithms to the item pages). --Habst (talk) 18:13, 5 July 2019 (UTC)