LetsRun.com’s World And US Rankings

jagerweddingLRC Men’s Steeple: Conseslus Kipruto Ascends To #1 After A Year To Remember; Evan Jager (#2) 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.

Ruth Jebet celebratesLRC Women’s Steeple: 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.

Previous LRC Rankings:

*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

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.

A New World Record Was Set This Week / Jordan Who?

Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki Smashes His Own World Junior Shot Put Record With 22.96m Heave Considering he’s an Olympic finalist with a 23.17 outdoor PR, it’s not a shock. Jordan Geist has his work cut out for him.

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 Ageless Wonder

Ed Whitlock – 85-Year-Old Marathoner – Gets Nearly 1,500-Word Feature In NY Times By Jere Longman The title of the article is appropriately, “85-Year-Old Marathoner Is So Fast That Even Scientists Marvel.”

End-Of-Year Awards And News

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.”

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.

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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

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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.