2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, Men's Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge Caps a Historic Year as World #1 as Breakout Marathon Star Galen Rupp Leads the Americans

LRC supervisitor 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 Rupp rank?

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, 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 2016. 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).

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, 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.

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, 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.

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, Women's Steeplechase: Ruth Jebet Leads the Way; Olympic Medallist Emma Coburn Tops U.S. List for Third Straight Year

Jebet won Olympic gold, crushed the world record and put together the greatest season ever by a women's steepler. Coburn has dominated the U.S. scene for years and took it one step further in 2016 by winning her first Olympic medal.

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, Men's Steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto Ascends to #1 After a Year to Remember; Evan Jager Leads Americans Again

We highly praise Conseslus Kipruto who unseated the GOAT, Ezekiel Kemboi, at the Olympics, and had one of the greatest years in steeplechase history. At just 22 years old, Kipruto could stay at the top for some time. We also give out accolades for the amazing career that Paul Kipsiele Koech enjoyed.

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, Women's 1500: Faith Kipyegon Unseats Genzebe Dibaba as World #1; Jenny Simpson Back on Top of U.S. Rankings

Kipyegon broke the Kenyan record twice this year, won the Olympic title with ease and became just the second woman in history to break 3:57 three times in one year. Last year, Simpson's medal chances went up in smoke when her shoe came off in the WC final. This year, with her shoes on, she took bronze in Rio.

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, Men's 1500/Mile: Olympic Champion Matthew Centrowitz Is Our World #1

Asbel Kiprop may have run the world's fastest time by over a second (3:29.33) and won four Diamond League races, but for the first time since 1971, an American man is the #1 ranked miler in the world as we can't pick against a near-perfect season from Centro that included victories at World Indoors and the Olympics and a world-leading time in the mile (3:50.63).

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, Women's 800: Caster Semenya Is the Clear World #1; Kate Grace Finishes a Shocking Year as U.S. #1

There may be a debate about whether Caster Semenya should be allowed to compete, but there was no debate about who the best women's 800 runner was in 2016. American Kate Grace returned from injury with a career year, fulfilling her "dream, dream goal" of making the Olympic final in Rio, but was that enough to crack our world top 10?

2016 LRC Year-End Rankings, Men's 800: David Rudisha Is On Top For 2nd Year in a Row; Olympic Bronze Medallist Clayton Murphy Leads the Americans

The greatest 800 runner ever is our pick for #1 again. There are two Americans in the top 10, but where do Murphy and World Indoor champ Boris Berian rank against the world's best?
December 27, 2016 to December 31, 2016

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