translated by Brett Larner
Until now marathon teams at the World Championships have consisted of a maximum of five athletes per country, but on Apr. 27 it was announced that this will be reduced to three per country beginning with the August, 2015 Beijing World Championships. The decision came at a mid-April meeting of the IAAF executive committee in Dakar, Senegal.
Other events in the World Championships already have a limit of three three athletes per country. Through the 2011 Daegu World Championships the World Championships marathon also served as the Marathon World Cup team competition, requiring five athletes. Following the World Cup's discontinuation, countries were still able to enter five athletes for last year's Moscow World Championships marathon.