John Wesley Harding wrote:
1. Brigid Kosgei
2. Ruth Chepng’etich
3. Worknesh Degefa
4. Vivian Cheruiyot
5. Ashete Bekere
6. Roza Dereje
7. Mary Keitany
8. Ruti Aga
9. Gladys Cherono
10. Rose Chelimo
Honorable mention: Mare Dibaba, Gelete Burka, Lonah Salpeter, Abanel Yeshaneh, Helalia Johannes
Agree on the top 9 pretty much the same order, then:
These 20 cover the top 17 quickest all year plus 2,3, and 4 from the w. Champs
I still think y.melese and a.abreha might return to shanghai this Sunday and crash this 20 with a sub 2.21. Also been waiting for birhane since c/Hagen
I kept the 20 in order for my year end thread but wrote a re-do at halfway just after the top 9 in Valencia were the fastest 9 ever in one marathon. I concluded then that the top four from Valencia changed things. If I knew previous to that day just how fast those four would run I would have put Azmera Abreha in at ten, Jemeli just outside the ten, birhane into the 20 with one dropping out. The one to drop out would have to be Azmera Gebru because she had gone head to head with both Burka in Paris and Girma in Amsterdam and finished next after both. I still wanted to include the fastest debutant and the fourth at worlds. In my opinion, each of those two performances outweigh the combined two quick times from Gebru, but I concede she is unlucky.
Then just outside the 20 would come fifth, sixth, and seventh in Valencia because sub 2.21 was the marker I wanted to use as a cut-off.
Another just outside the 20: Helen Bekele Tola, two good major results in the year.
So Gebru 21 on my list at years end, then Workenesh Edesa (it’s an anomaly that officially her ranking is only 37), Zeineba Yimer, Helen Bekele Tola, and Purity Rioniripo rounds out the 25. A quick run around the next 8 days sees Amane Beriso an outside chance of a sub 2.21 in Mumbai, no action in Houston, Alemu Megertu a real chance of 2.19.xx chasing Degefa next Friday and either Dera Dida, Hawi Feysa, or Bedatu Hirpa joining the 2.20 club on their coattails; then a top four in Osaka who could all dip under 2.21.
Dubai done and dusted: Gutemi Shone second in 2.20.11 and Hirpa adds another sub 2.22.