LetsRun.com’s World And US Rankings

Can't believe it? Believe it.LRC 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).
*Agree or Disagree? Some Disagree: MB: Year-End Rankings’ Correction – Kiprop #1, Centro #2**

Faith-Kipyegon win gold 2016LRC 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.

Kate Grace poses before competing over 800m at the Weltklasse Zurich IAAF Diamond League meeting on September 1 at the Letzigrund stadium (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)LRC 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?

Bronze for Murphy and Talk of World RecordLRC Men’s 800: David Rudisha Is On Top For 2nd Year In A Row; Olympic Bronze Medalist 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?

IAAF End-Of-Year Reviews: *Jumps *Throws *Multis *Hurdles *Relays *Racewalks *Long Distance *Road & XC

Athletics Weeklys 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.

New York News

There Was A Lot Of December 26th Action In The UK

A Recap Of The Many Boxing Day Races In England The biggest news from a US perspective was that NCAA indoor 5,000 leader Marc Scott of Tulsa (13:38)  ran a 29:33 10k.

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Prediction Contest

gault1LRC Scandal? Rigged!? LetsRun.com’s Jonathan Gault Wins LetsRun.com Running Warehouse XC Prediction Contest Insiders dominated the RunningWarehouse prediction contest as in addition to Gault’s win, a guy coached by Karissa Schweizer‘s grandfather won as well. Another winner wrote one of the greatest emails we’ve ever received.

The Latest On The Anti-Doping Front

2016 Is Almost Over – 2017 Will Be Here Before You Know It

More Look Backs At 2016

Good Read Nikki Hamblin Says Helping Abbey D In Rio Won’t Define Her “If the same sort of scenario happened in the street you wouldn’t just get up and walk away. It just so happens that it took place for me in front of a few hundred TV cameras.”

A Legend Passes

screenshot-2016-12-23-at-18-49-55Miruts Yifter, Inspiration To Haile G & Double Olympic Champ, Dies Yifter won 5,000 and 10,000 gold in 1980 and bronze in 1972. He was jailed upon returning to Ethiopia after 1972 and was a huge inspiration for Haile Gebrselassie.
*A Good Primer For Those Of You Who Don’t Know Much About Him: Athletics Weekly Remembers Miruts Yifter “The Shifter”
*IAAF Remembers Ethiopian Great Miruts Yifter

Week That Was

Thumbs UpLRC WTW: Europe’s Teen Phenoms Appear To Be The Real Deal And Buzunesh Deba Breaks The Boston Marathon Course Record We look at foreign transplants, junior phenoms and note it’s been 975 days since an American went sub-2:10 in the marathon. We also discussed the ailing Miruts Yifter, the 1980 Olympic 5k/10k champ, who passed away on Thursday.

Galen Rupp’s Future Isn’t On The Track

Rupp crushed it at the Trials, but he'll face far tougher competition in RioKen Goe Exclusive Galen Rupp’s Days As A 5,000m Runner Are Over, 2017 Looks To Be His Last At 10,000m Ken Goe reports, “Salazar said Rupp would continue to compete in the 10,000 through 2017, but would concentrate on marathon training.”
*MB: Discuss

More US News Of Note

Looking Ahead To 2017

Upcoming Action

Is One Of The Most Legendary HS Records In Jeopardy?

Jordan Geist Breaks National High School 16-Pound Shot Put Record With Massive 68-4 He broke Ryan Crouser‘s indoor record of 63-11 by more than 4 feet and also beat Michael Carter‘s outdoor record. Could he possibly break Carter’s legendary 81-3 with the HS shot that has stood since ’79?
*End-Of-Year Review IAAF: Throws

Rupp Running Boston!

Galen Rupp Marathon DebutLRC Analysis LetsRun.com Breaks Down Galen Rupp’s Boston Marathon Debut – Will He (And Should He) Be The Favorite? How Well Suited Is He For The Course? + Conspiracy Theories Galore An American-born man hasn’t won the Boston marathon since 1983. That very well may change in 2017. In this LetsRun.com debate, the LRC staff goes back and forth about Rupp’s Boston debut. They start by debating if Rupp is the favorite but before it’s all over the venture into the conspiracy theory front: Is it possible that the Nike sub-2 attempt was created to water down Boston to ensure Rupp’s victory?
*MB: Galen Rupp to run Boston Marathon. He will need volunteers to hand him new hats throughout the race.
*MB: Calling it now, Rupp wins Boston 2017 2:07:04, prove me wrong.

Men's Team USA for RioGalen Rupp And Entire US Olympic Marathon Team Minus Amy Cragg Running 2017 Boston Marathon – Plus Jordan Hasay’s Debut Galen Rupp is running his first big city major marathon and it’s not inconceivable he will be the favorite to WIN the 2017 Boston Marathon (international field hasn’t been announced) as Meb runs his final Boston and Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden go for Boston glory with Jordan Hasay making her debut.