2023 LRC Men’s World & American Rankings: Who’s #1?

We reveal out top 10 international men and top 5 US men for 2023

As we have for each of the past nine years (outside of the 2020 COVID season), LetsRun.com has ranked the top 10 athletes in the world (and top 5 in the US) in every distance event, 800 through marathon. Some events had an obvious #1, others less so. We did our best to rank every event based on the following criteria:

  • An emphasis on performance in big races. How the athlete fared at Worlds carries a significant amount of weight but winning gold doesn’t guarantee that an athlete will earn a #1 ranking. For U.S. athletes, their performance at the U.S. championships also factors heavily in the rankings.
  • Big-meet success with the Diamond League receiving emphasis.
  • Season best times matter, and if an athlete has a bunch of fast performances, they’re more likely to be ranked highly.
  • Indoor races are considered and can help an athlete’s ranking.

The men’s rankings are below; you can find the women’s rankings here.

Previous LetsRun rankings: *2022 *2021 *2019 *2018 *2017 *2016 *2015 *2014

Men’s 800: Wanyonyi tops Arop in a bounceback year for the event

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The men’s 800 had been in a bit of a lull in recent years. From 2020-2022, only one man broke 1:43 — Botswana’s Nijel Amos, who was subsequently suspended for an anti-doping rules violation. In 2023, the event woke from its slumber. We saw two races with at least six men sub-1:44 (Paris and Monaco). And, just as it looked as if we were going to get another year without a sub-1:43, Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Marco Arop delivered a pair of 1:42s in the Diamond League final in Eugene.

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It was the final chapter in 2023’s best men’s 800m rivalry. In September, Wanyonyi beat Arop in Xiamen and Eugene by a combined .07 in a pair of classic races, but it was Arop who claimed the title of world champion after a dominant run in Budapest (Wanyonyi was second in that race, naturally). Both men will be among the Olympic favorites in 2024, but it’s Wanyonyi who has the higher ceiling: he has finished 4th and 2nd at Worlds the last two years and is still just 19 years old. Outside of his runner-up finish at Worlds, he won six of his seven 800s on the year, with the lone defeat coming when he was sick in Monaco. Wanyonyi could own this event moving forward.

But maybe Arop stays on top. And what if Donavan Brazier and former Olympic and world champ Emmanuel Korir get healthy? The men’s 800 could be very interesting in 2024.

LRC Worlds recap Marco Arop Goes From Last to First to Win 2023 World 800m Title for Canada
LRC USAs recap Blue Blood & New Blood in 800 as Bryce Hoppel & Nia Akins Win 2023 US Titles

World rankings

1. Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Kenya
1:42.80 SB (#1); 1st Kip Keino, 1st Rabat, 1st Paris, 1st Kenyan trials, 8th Monaco, 2nd Worlds, 1st Xiamen, 1st Pre (DL final)

2. Marco Arop, Canada
1:42.85 SB (#2); 5th Rabat, 2nd Paris, 1st Canadian champs, 1st Worlds, 2nd Xiamen, 2nd Pre (DL final)

3. Slimane Moula, Algeria
1:43.38 SB (#5); 1st Doha, 3rd Paris, 1st Arab Games, 2nd Monaco, 5th Worlds, 9th Brussels

4. Djamel Sedjati, Algeria
1:43.06 SB (#3); 3rd Doha, 4th Paris, 1st Stockholm, 4th Monaco, DQ Worlds (made final), 1st Brussels, 3rd Pre (DL final)

5. Wyclife Kinyamal, Kenya
1:43.22 SB (#4); 2nd Doha, 2nd Kip Keino, 2nd Rabat, 6th Paris, 4th Kenyan trials, 1st Monaco, 4th Xiamen, 7th Brussels, 9th Pre (DL final)

6. Ben Pattison, Great Britain
1:44.02 SB (#14); 9th Ostrava, 2nd UK champs, 2nd London, 3rd Worlds, 9th Xiamen, 5th Brussels

7. Yanis Meziane, France
1:43.94 SB (#10); 8th Paris, 5th Stockholm, 1st Euro U23s, 7th Monaco, 2nd French champs, Worlds semis, 6th Xiamen, 2nd Brussels, 4th Pre (DL final)

8. Bryce Hoppel, USA
1:43.95 SB (#11); 4th NBIGP, 7th Millrose, 1st USA indoors, 9th LA GP, 1st NYC GP, 1st USAs, 6th Monaco, 7th Worlds, 6th Brussels, 6th Pre (DL final)

9. Daniel Rowden, Great Britain
1:43.95 SB (#11); DNF Stockholm, 1st UK champs, 1st Lignano, 5th Monaco, Worlds semis, 5th Xiamen, 4th Brussels, 1st Zagreb, 5th Pre (DL final)

10. Benjamin Robert, France
1:43.48 SB (#6); 2nd Euro indoors, 3rd Rabat, 5th Paris, Worlds semis, 3rd Xiamen, 7th Pre (DL final)

US rankings

1. Hoppel, adidas
2. Isaiah Harris, Brooks Beasts
1:44.85 SB (#4); 2nd Millrose, 2nd USA indoors, 6th LA GP, 2nd NYC GP, 2nd USAs, 1st Sunset Tour, Worlds prelims, 11th Xiamen
3. Clayton Murphy, Nike
1:44.75 SB (#3); 3rd Millrose, 6th USA indoors, 7th Botswana, 4th Doha, 1st LA GP, 3rd USAs, 3rd Székesfehérvár, 10th Monaco, Worlds prelims 
4. Will Sumner, adidas/University of Georgia
1:44.26 SB (#2); 1st SEC indoors, 7th NCAA indoors, 1st SEC outdoors, 1st NCAA outdoors, 5th NYC GP, 5th USAs, 7th NACAC U23s
5. Isaiah Jewett, Nike
1:45.10 SB (#5); 2nd NBIGP, 3rd LA GP, 4th USAs, 3rd Székesfehérvár

Men’s 1500/mile: Ingebrigtsen has an epic year

Jakob Ingebrigtsen already ranked as LRC’s World #1 in 2021 and 2022, so it was no surprise to see him three-peat in 2023 — even though he was once again denied World Championship gold in Budapest. Outside of that race, however, Ingebrigtsen was perfect. Ingebrigtsen didn’t just win (7 for 7 in 1500/miles outside of Worlds): he let everyone know he was going to the front, challenged them to pass him, and no one could.

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Prior to Ingebrigtsen, sub-3:30s were a rarity. You’d see them on the circuit during the 2010s, but usually only once a year in Monaco. Now they’re an expectation. After opening his outdoor season in Rabat on May 28 with a 3:32, Ingebrigtsen ran 3:27, 3:28, 3:27, 3:29 in his last four 1500 finals this year, then added a 3:43 mile at the Pre Classic — the fastest time in the world in more than 24 years. Obviously the superspikes help, but Ingebrigtsen’s desire and ability to run under 3:30 every time out is one of the main reasons 1500-meter running was so fast in 2023.

But for the second straight global championship (third if you count 2022 World Indoors), Ingebrigtsen tried to win the 1500m gold medal from the front and came up short — a reminder of just how difficult that race is to win. Josh Kerr is your world champ, but he slips to #3 in our rankings behind American Yared Nuguse, who beat Kerr in Zurich and ran incredibly at the Diamond League final (a meet Kerr skipped out on).

Speaking of Nuguse, he is the highest-ranked American in our men’s 1500 rankings since Matthew Centrowitz ended 2016 as #1 following World Indoor and Olympic titles. Could Nuguse follow in Centro’s footsteps and win both titles in 2024? After finishing just .24 behind Ingebrigtsen in the Bowerman Mile in September, we wouldn’t put it past him. Check back in a year.

LRC Worlds recap Josh Kerr Follows His Instincts to Incredible Upset in 1500m at 2023 World Championships
LRC USAs recap Yared Nuguse Delivers, Wins His First US 1500 Title

1. Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Norway
3:27.14/3:43.73 SBs (#1/#1); 1st Lievin, 1st Euro indoors, 1st Rabat, 1st Oslo, 1st Lausanne, 1st Silesia, 2nd Worlds, 1st Pre (DL final)

2. Yared Nuguse, USA
3:29.02/3:43.97 SBs (#3/#2); 1st Millrose, 1st Madrid indoors, 2nd Rabat, 3rd Oslo, 1st USAs, 1st London, 5th Worlds, 1st Zurich, 2nd Pre (DL final)

3. Josh Kerr, Great Britain
3:29.38 SB (#8); 5th Birmingham indoors, 9th Oslo, 3rd Lausanne, 1st Worlds, 2nd Zurich, 1st Fifth Avenue

4. Narve Gilje Nordas, Norway
3:29.47/3:48.24 SBs (#10/#7); 8th Oslo, 2nd London, 3rd Worlds, 7th Pre (DL final)

5. Abel Kipsang, Kenya
3:29.11/3:53.50 SBs (#5/#33); 2nd Kip Keino, 5th Rabat, 11th Bislett, 2nd Kenyan trials, 2nd Silesia, 4th Worlds, 3rd Zurich, 13th Pre (DL final)

6. Mario Garcia Romo, Spain
3:29.18/3:47.69 SBs (#6/#4); 5th Millrose, 5th Madrid indoors, 6th Rabat, 5th Bislett, 11th London, 3rd Spanish champs, 6th Worlds, 10th Zurich, 4th Pre (DL final)

7. Reynold Cheruiyot, Kenya
3:30.30/3:48.06 SBs (#12/#5); 1st African U20 champs, 1st Kip Keino, 2nd LA GP, 3rd Kenyan trials, 3rd Silesia, 8th Worlds, 8th Zurich, 5th Pre (DL final)

8. Neil Gourley, Great Britain
3:30.60/3:49.46 SBs (#14/11); 1st NBIGP, 2nd Millrose, 1st UK indoors, 1st Birmingham indoors, 2nd Euro indoors, 10th Oslo, 6th Lausanne, 1st UK outdoors, 3rd London, 9th Worlds

9. George Mills, Great Britain
3:30.95/3:47.65 SBs (#17/#3); 2nd UK indoors, 11th Euro indoors, 5th Euro team champs, 3rd Ostrava, 3rd UK outdoors, 8th Silesia, 15th London, 4th Zurich, 1st Berlin, 2nd Fifth Avenue, 3rd Pre (DL final)

10. Azeddine Habz, France
3:29.26/3:48.64 SBs (#7/#8); 1st Torun, 2nd Lievin, 3rd Euro indoors, 4th Rabat, 6th Oslo, 9th Silesia, 9th London, 11th Worlds, 5th Zurich, 5th Fifth Avenue, 8th Pre (DL final)

We thought about putting 2019 World champ Timothy Cheruioyot on the list at #9 or #10 as he did pick up a win in LA (3:31.47), ran 3:29.08 in Oslo (4th fastest in World), won the Kenya Trials and ran 3:31.44 in London (8th), but only made the semis at Worlds and didn’t race after that. It’s the first time since 2015 when that he hasn’t been in our World top 10 and that year, like this year, he almost made it but we left him out in favor of Mo Farah.

US rankings

1. Nuguse, On Athletics Club
2 Cole Hocker, USA
3:30.70/3:48.08 SBs (#2/#2); 3rd USAs, 13th London, 7th Worlds, 9th Zurich, 6th Pre (DL final)

Hocker just missed a spot in our world top 10. He was 7th at Worlds and 6th at Pre but barely did anything outside of those two meets.

3. Joe Waskom, University of Washington
3:34.64/3:51.90 SBs (#11/#5); 4th NCAA indoors, 2nd NCAA outdoors, 2nd USAs, 1st Lignano, Worlds prelims
4. Hobbs Kessler, adidas
3:32.61 SB (#3); 10th NBIGP, 3rd LA GP, 6th USAs, 4th Berlin, 1st World road mile champs

The road mile champs weren’t stacked but we’re giving Kessler decent credit for that win as otherwise Prakel would be ahead of him as he beat Kessler at NBIGP and USAs.

5. Sam Prakel, adidas
3:34.63/3:51.25 SBs (#10/#3); 3rd NBIGP, 9th Millrose, 1st USA indoors, 6th LA GP, 4th USA outdoors, 14th Silesia, 5th Lucerne, 6th Fifth Avenue

Men’s 3000/5000: Ingebrigtsen on top again

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The 1500-meter world title was the race Jakob Ingebrigtsen wanted to win more than any other this year and he came up just short. He’ll have to settle for being totally unbeatable in the 3k/2-mile/5k. While some athletes are allergic to racing outside of the major championships, Ingebrigtsen ran a full Diamond League season in the 1500/mile and found enough time to do the following in the longer distances:

  • Win the Euro indoor 3k title
  • Run a world record of 7:54.10 in the 2-mile
  • Run a world record of 4:43.13 in the 2000
  • Win the Diamond League title in the 3k in 7:23.63 — the #3 time in history — one day after winning the DL mile title in 3:43

Ingebrigtsen was an easy #1.

In the US, it was tough to rank the top five. Abdihamid Nur won USAs and was the top American at Worlds, but he was only 12th in that race and barely raced otherwise. Compare that to Grant Fisher, who had some truly world-class performances — 3rd in the Zurich Diamond League, 3rd in the DL final in an American record of 7:25 — but didn’t even race the 5k at USAs due to injury. The latter two Fisher races were more impressive than anything Nur did this year, and 7:25 is a truly phenomenal time, so Fisher edges it for US #1.

LRC Worlds recap Jakob Ingebrigtsen Leaves It Late, Repeats as 5000m World Champion
LRC USAs recap 2023 USA 5000s: Abdihamud Nur Wins His 1st US Title, Elise Cranny Completes 5k/10k Double

1. Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Norway
7:23.63/13:11.30 SBs (#1/#57); 1st Euro indoors, 1st Paris, 1st Worlds, 1st Pre (DL final); 2-mile world record in Paris

2. Mo Katir, Spain
7:24.68/12:45.01 SBs (#4/#7); 2nd Lievin, 1st Florence, 4th Monaco, 2nd Worlds

3. Yomif Kejelcha, Ethiopia
7:23.64/12:41.73 SBs (#2/#3); 2nd Florence, 1st Oslo, 5th Worlds, 1st Zurich, 2nd Pre (DL final), 2nd World road champs

4. Berihu Aregawi, Ethiopia
7:27.61/12:40.45 SBs (#8/#1); 3rd Doha, 14th Florence, 1st Lausanne, 2nd Monaco, 8th Worlds

We ranked Aregawi higher than most others we imagine because not only was the he the world leader, he also ran 12:42 on the year in Monaco.

5. Hagos Gebrhiwet, Ethiopia
12:42.18 SB (#5); 3rd Lausanne, 1st Monaco, 6th Worlds, 1st World road champs

6. Luis Grijalva, Guatemala
7:29.43/12:52.97 SBs (#10/#10); 2nd Millrose, 3rd Florence, 5th Oslo, 5th Stockholm, 4th Worlds, 4th Zurich, 7th Pre (DL final)

7. Lamecha Girma, Ethiopia
7:23.81 (#3); 1st Lievin, 1st Doha, DNF Zurich; indoor 3k world record

Girma was tough to rank; the steeple specialist only finished two races in the flat 3k. But he set a world indoor record of 7:23.81 in the first — erasing a 25-year-old Daniel Komen mark — and won a stacked Diamond League opener in Doha in the other. He gets dinged for a lack of races but that’s still enough to put him in our top 10.

8. Jacob Krop, Kenya
7:31.35/12:46.02 SBs (#12/#8); 3rd Lievin, 8th Florence, 1st Kenyan trials, 5th Monaco, 3rd Worlds

9. Telahun Bekele, Ethiopia
7:25.48/12:42.70 SBs (#6/#6); 6th Lievin, 10th Doha, 5th Florence, 3rd Oslo, 4th Lausanne, 3rd Monaco, 4th Pre (DL final)

Bekele is way better than 9th but he gets dinged for not being named to the Ethiopian WC team.

10. Selemon Barega, Ethiopia
7:26.28/12:54.17 SBs (#7/#11); 2nd Doha, 9th Florence, 5th Lausanne, 2nd Zurich, 5th Pre (DL final)

US rankings

1. Grant Fisher, Nike
7:25.47/12:54.49 SBs (#1/#2); 5th Lievin, 11th Florence, 3rd Zurich, 1st Rovereto, 3rd Pre (DL final); 3k American record
2. Abdihamid Nur, Nike
13:05.17 SB (#7); 1st LA GP, 1st USAs, 12th Worlds
3. Paul Chelimo, Kiprun
7:43.84/13:03.12 SBs (#20/#5); 5th Paris, 9th Oslo, 2nd USAs, 15th Worlds
4. Joe Klecker, On Athletics Club
7:34.14/12:54.99 SBs (#3/#3); 3rd Millrose, 7th Florence, 4th Oslo, 4th USAs
5. Woody Kincaid, Nike
7:40.71/12:51.61 SBs (#11/#1); 1st NBIGP, 6th Florence, 9th USAs; 5k indoor American record

Men’s 10,000: World champ Cheptegei leads the way

This is always a tough event to rank because of the dearth of elite 10,000 races. How do you reconcile Daniel Ebenyo winning multiple big races this year but getting beat in the one that matters most at Worlds? In other events, he might have been our #1, but we could not pick against Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei. By winning gold in Budapest, he joined a trio of legends — Haile GebrselassieKenenisa Bekele, and Mo Farah — as the only men to win three straight world 10,000 titles. He is still the man to beat in this event until proven otherwise.

As for the Americans, Woody Kincaid won his second US title in three years and was the top American at Worlds in 11th. He was an easy choice for US #1. Kincaid has the kick to contend with anyone, but can he put himself in position to use it at the end of a global final? He will get another chance in 2024.

LRC Worlds recap Joshua Cheptegei Three-Peats as 10,000m World Champion
LRC USAs recap Woody Kincaid & Elise Cranny Break Free on Final Laps; Grant Fisher May Miss Worlds Team

1. Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda
27:51.42 SB (#99); 1st Worlds

2. Daniel Ebenyo, Kenya
26:57.80 SB (#3); 1st Kip Keino, 2nd Kenyan trials, 2nd Worlds, 1st Brussels

3. Selemon Barega, Ethiopia
26:51.87 SB (#2); 2nd Ethiopian trials, 3rd Worlds

4. Berihu Aregawi, Ethiopia
26:50.66 SB (#1); 1st Ethiopian trials, 4th Worlds

5. Benard Kibet, Kenya
27:07.71 SB (#7); 3rd Kenyan trials, 5th Worlds

6. Nicholas Kipkorir, Kenya
27:29.8 SB (#35); 1st Kenyan trials, 8th Worlds, 5th Brussels

7. Moh Ahmed, Canada
27:56.43 SB (#119); 6th Worlds

8. Rodrigue Kwizera, Burundi
28:00.29 SB (#142); 7th Worlds

9. Woody Kincaid, USA
27:06.37 SB (#4); 1st The TEN, 1st USAs, 11th Worlds

10. Yann Schrub, France
28:07.42 SB (#181); 9th Worlds, 7th Brussels

US rankings

1. Kincaid, Nike
2. Joe Klecker, On Athletics Club
27:07.57 SB (#2); 2nd The TEN, 2nd USAs, 20th Worlds
3. Sean McGorty, Nike Bowerman Track Club
28:24.96 SB (#28); 3rd USAs, 16th Worlds
4. Paul Chelimo, Kiprun
27:12.72 SB (#3); 1st Night of the 10,000m PBs, 5th USAs
5. Grant Fisher, Nike
28:25.61 SB (#30); 4th USAs

Men’s 3000 steeplechase: The unbeatable Soufiane El Bakkali

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How do you break a world record and not finish the year as World #1? For Lamecha Girma, who ran 7:52.11 in Paris on June 9 to break Saif Saaeed Shaheen‘s 19-year-old WR, the answer is you go up against a guy who simply does not lose. For the second consecutive year, Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali went undefeated and won the steeple world title, notching a pb of 7:56.68 (#9 all-time) in the process. In another era, Girma — who has now finished 2nd at four straight global championships — would be the greatest steepler of his generation. In the age of El Bakkali, he’s #2. Though the world record is not a bad consolation prize.

In the US, collegian Kenneth Rooks emerged on the scene by winning his first US title in a pb of 8:16 before finishing 10th in his first World Championship final. And considering Rooks ran that 8:16 after falling — creating one of the most dramatic comebacks of the year — he clearly still has room to improvement. Will he continue his reign into the Olympic year of 2024, or do US greats Evan Jager and Hillary Bor — both of whom are now 34 years old — have one more US title in their legs?

LRC Worlds recap Soufiane El Bakkali Dispatches Lamecha Girma To Win 2023 Steeplechase World Title
LRC USAs recap BYU’s Kenneth Rooks Wins Despite Falling

1. Soufiane El Bakkali, Morocco
7:56.68 SB (#2); 1st Rabat, 1st Stockholm, 1st Silesia, 1st Worlds, 1st Xiamen

2. Lamecha Girma, Ethiopia
7:52.11 SB (#1); 1st Paris, 2nd Worlds; ran 7:52.11 WR

3. Simon Koech, Kenya
8:04.19 SB (#3); 1st Kenyan trials, 1st Monaco, 7th Worlds, 1st Pre (DL final)

4. Abraham Kibiwot, Kenya
8:05.51 SB (#5); 2nd Kip Keino, 3rd Rabat, 8th Paris, 2nd Kenyan trials, 2nd Silesia, 2nd Monaco, 3rd Worlds, 4th Xiamen, 6th Pre (DL final)

5. Leonard Bett, Kenya
8:09.45 SB (#6); 3rd Kip Keino, 5th Rabat, 3rd Kenyan Trials, 3rd Silesia, 4th Worlds

6. George Beamish, New Zealand
8:13.26 SB (#15); 4th Stockholm, 5th Monaco, 5th Worlds, 3rd Pre (DL final)

7. Getnet Wale, Ethiopia
8:05.15 SB (#4); 2nd Rabat, 2nd Stockholm, 11th Worlds, 4th Pre (DL final)

9. Ryuji Miura, Japan
8:09.91 SB (#7); 1st Japanese champs, 2nd Paris, 6th Worlds, 7th Xiamen, 5th Pre (DL final)

9. Samuel Firewu, Ethiopia
8:10.57 SB (#9); 2nd Székesfehérvár, 4th Monaco, 2nd Xiamen, 2nd Pre (DL final)

The 2022 world junior medallist, who is just 19, missed going to worlds after getting beat by .01 to Abraham Sime (#10) but made up for it by finishing 2nd in Xiamen and the DL finale. We thought about ranking him as high as #6 as a result.

10. Abraham Sime, Ethiopia
8:10.56 SB (#8); 4th Paris, 3rd Stockholm, 4th Silesia, 3rd Monaco, Worlds semis, 9th Pre (DL final)

US rankings

1. Kenneth Rooks, Brigham Young University
8:16.78 SB (#5); 1st Track Fest, 1st NCAAs, 1st USAs, 10th Worlds
2. Hillary Bor, HOKA ONE ONE
8:11.28 SB (#1); 3rd Track Fest, 4th Rabat
3. Anthony Rotich, US Army WCAP
8:13.74 SB (#2); 6th Track Fest, 2nd NYC Track Night, 9th Paris, 5th USAs, 6th Monaco
4. Isaac Updike, Under Armour Dark Sky Distance
8:17.47 SB (#7); 2nd LA GP, 2nd Nice, 3rd USAs, 16th Worlds, 16th Xiamen
5. Mason Ferlic, adidas/Very Nice Track Club
8:16.03 SB (#3); 5th LA GP, 1st Music City, 4th USAs, 8th Monaco

Men’s marathon: We have a new #1

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In 2015, after victories in London and Berlin, LetsRun.com named Eliud Kipchoge as our World #1 in the marathon for the first time. He would remain in that position for most of the next seven years. Though Kipchoge was not our World #1 in 2017 or 2019 (the two years where he skipped a real marathon to make sub-2:00 attempts) or 2020 (when we cancelled our world rankings due to COVID), he only lost one marathon during that span and was clearly the best in the world.

That changed in 2023. The changing of the guard began in the span of one week in the spring, when Kipchoge was beaten in Boston and Kelvin Kiptum ran 2:01:25 in London to break Kipchoge’s course record. It was confirmed this fall when Kiptum ran 2:00:35 in Chicago to take 34 seconds off Kipchoge’s world record — despite Kipchoge returning to winning ways with a record fifth victory in Berlin. Things could change in the Olympic year of 2024. But right now, Kelvin Kiptum is the greatest marathoner on the planet.

In the US, Scott Fauble beat Conner Mantz head-to-head in Boston in April, but Fauble DNF’d his fall marathon while Mantz ran 2:07:47 in Chicago — the fastest non-Rupp time by an American in 11 years. That gets Mantz the nod as US #1 with Fauble coming in at #2.

LRC Worlds recap Victor Kiplangat Wins World Marathon Gold for Uganda, Zach Panning Leads Americans

1. Kelvin Kiptum, Kenya
1st London (2:01:25 CR), 1st Chicago (2:00:35 WR)

2. Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia
3rd London (2:04:59), DNF Worlds, 1st New York (2:04:58 CR)

3. Evans Chebet, Kenya
1st Boston (2:05:54)

Chebet did not run a fall marathon due to injury, but his victory over a stacked field in Boston — in one of the fastest times in course history — counts for a lot.

4. Sisay Lemma, Ethiopia
DNF Tokyo, 2nd Prague (2:06:26), 1st Valencia (2:01:48)

5. Eliud Kipchoge
6th Boston (2:09:23), 1st Berlin (2:02:42)

6. Alexander Mutiso, Kenya
1st Prague (2:05:09), 2nd Valencia (2:03:11)

7. Bashir Abdi, Belgium
1st Rotterdam (2:03:47), 3rd Chicago (2:04:32)

8. Benson Kipruto, Kenya
3rd Boston (2:06:06), 2nd Chicago (2:04:02)

9. Victor Kiplangat, Uganda
2nd Osaka (2:06:03), 1st Worlds (2:08:53)

10. Gabriel Geay, Tanzania
2nd Boston (2:06:04), 5th Valencia (2:04:33)

US rankings

1. Conner Mantz, Nike
11th Boston (2:10:25), 6th Chicago (2:07:47)
2. Scott Fauble, Nike
7th Boston (2:09:44), DNF Berlin
3. Clayton Young, Asics
7th Chicago (2:08:00)
4. Galen Rupp, Nike
8th Chicago (2:08:48)
5. Sam Chelanga, US Army WCAP
30th Boston (2:20:20), 9th Chicago (2:08:50)

More: This was only the men’s rankings.  You can find the 2023 LRC women’s  world rankings here.


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