LetsRun.com’s World And US Rankings
LRC Men’s Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge Caps A Historic Year As World #1 As Breakout Marathon Star Galen Rupp Leads The Americans LRC super visitor David Graham has rolled out his 2016 world rankings plus plenty more thoughts on the year in men’s marathoning. Obviously, the great Kipchoge is #1, but where does Galen Rupp rank?
*MB: 2016 Men’s Marathon Rankings controversy – Where should Galen Rupp be ranked?)
LRC Women’s Marathon: London/Olympic Champ Jemima Sumgong Tops The List; Shalane Flanagan Top American Sumgong, like Eliud Kipchoge, was the unquestioned world #1 in 2o16. Flanagan was one of three Americans to finish in the top 10 at the Olympics (Amy Cragg and Desi Linden were the others) – only the second time a country had pulled off that feat (after Kenya in 2008).
*MB: 2016 Women’s Marathon rankings. And the #1 US rank goes to……)
LRC Men’s 3,000/5,000: Mo Farah Is #1 Again; Paul Chelimo Tops U.S. List After Shock Silver In Rio Farah’s presence at the top of the podium in Rio was no surprise, but few envisioned Chelimo, who was just 11th at USAs last year, winning America’s first Olympic medal in the 5,000 since 1964 and two other Americans cracking the world top 10.
*MB: What a year for Team USA! Three American men make our World Top 10 in our 3000/5000 rankings.
LRC Women’s 3,000/5,000: Almaz Ayana Is World #1; Shannon Rowbury Or Molly Huddle For U.S. #1? Ayana may not have earned Olympic gold in the 5,000, but she was utterly dominant apart from that, breaking 14:20 three times in 2016 (before this year, it had been done six times, total). U.S. #1 was a tough choice as Shannon Rowbury earned 3k bronze at World Indoors and set the American 5k record while Molly Huddle crushed everyone in the 5k at the Olympic Trials.
*MB: And the bad news: Zero US women crack the world top 10 in our 3k/5k rankings
Previous LRC Rankings:
*Men’s Steeple: Men’s Steeple: Conseslus Kipruto Ascends To #1 After A Year To Remember; Evan Jager (#2) Leads Americans Again
*Women’s Steeple: Ruth Jebet Leads The Way; Olympic Medallist Emma Coburn Tops U.S. List For Third Straight Year
*Men’s 1,500: Olympic Champion Matthew Centrowitz Is Our World #1
*Women’s 1,500: Faith Kipyegon Unseats Genzebe Dibaba As World #1; Jenny Simpson Back On Top Of U.S. Rankings
*Women’s 800: Caster Semenya Is the Clear World #1; Kate Grace Finishes A Shocking Year As U.S. #1
*Men’s 800 David Rudisha Is On Top For 2nd Year In A Row; Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy Leads The Americans
IAAF End-Of-Year Reviews: *Jumps *Throws *Multis *Hurdles *Relays *Racewalks *Mid-d *Long Distance *Road & XC
New Track And Field News: Wayde Van Niekerk Named Track and Field News Athlete Of The Year Mo Farah #2, Usain Bolt #3.
*Hammer Thrower Anita Włodarczyk Named Track And Field News Female Athlete Of The Year And we bet 95% of track and field fans couldn’t name her. Almaz Ayana 2nd, Elaine Thompson 3rd.
Athletics Weekly‘s Rankings: Top 3 International Rankings For All Women’s Events You can see their top 10 rankings by purchasing a digital copy of their bumper 112-page end-of-year stats special.