Over the final five days of the year, we’ll be breaking down the best in the world in the 800, 1,500, steeple, 5,000 and marathon.
Day 5: WMarathon LRC Tirfi Tsegaye And Shalane Flanagan Are Our World And US #1s Tirfi Tsegaye won two majors and is world #1 in a year marred by doper Rita Jeptoo.
MMarathon LRC Wilson Kipsang And Meb Keflezighi Had Years To Remember With wins in London and NY, there was no doubting where Wilson Kipsang should rank, but what about Kenenisa Bekele, world record holder Dennis Kimetto and others?
Day 4: W 3k/5k: LRC Genzebe Dibaba And Molly Huddle Rule Supreme A world indoor record for Dibaba and an American record for Huddle helped them nab the #1 spots in our rankings.
M5k: LRC Caleb Ndiku Is World #1, Galen Rupp World #4 No one was close to Caleb Ndiku in 2014 but Galen Rupp had a great year at 5,000, where he is now a player on the world scene for the first time. It was a very strong year for Americans at 5,000 as a 13:02 guy is only 5th in the US.
Day 3: WSteeple: LRC Emma Coburn Is World #2, Hiwot Ayalew Is #1 Emma Coburn was great all year long but not nearly as good as Ayalew.
MSteeple: LRC Jairus Birech Is World #1, Evan Jager World #3 Jairus Birech reigned supreme this year, winning six of the seven DL events to go with a gold medal at the African Champs. Evan Jager was the clear U.S. #1. Canadian Matt Hughes sneaks into the top 10 as well.
Day 2: W1,500: LRC American Jenny Simpson Is On Top Of The World At #1 Simpson has been world champion and DL champion before, but now for the first time she can rightfully claim the title of of World #1. Shannon Rowbury also cracks the world top 10.
M1,500 LRC Ayanleh Souleiman Is The Best In A Historically Good Year, Leo The Lion Roars In The US It was an amazing year in the 1,500 – so amazing that Seb Coe‘s 1979 WR of 3:32.03 would have put him as the 17th fastest man in 2014. No one was faster than Silas Kiplagat but in our minds no one was better than Ayanleh Souleiman. Thanks to HOKA One One and John Hayes, a resurgent Leo Manzano claims US #1.
Day 1: W800: LRC Eunice Sum Is World #1, America’s Ajee Wilson Is World #2 20-year-old American Ajee Wilson ran the fastest time in the world and had a great year but Eunice Sum‘s season was just a little more special. It’s a great event for TEAM USA as three Americans made our global top 10.
M800 LRC Nijel Amos And Duane Solomon Get The #1 Rankings The men’s 800 is one of the most exciting races in all of track and field. Tons of superstars and lots of diversity as men from seven different countries nabbed spots in our global top 10. Where is David Rudisha?