Adidas Grand Prix edition
Who are the world’s best athletes in each event?
It’s not necessarily the same ranking as on the world lists for each event (although there is quite a bit of crossover). We don’t have win-loss standings, and the Diamond League standings in each event aren’t always descriptive either, especially this early in the season.
It’s something that most fans more or less keep in their head-and if they don’t, then they lack the proper perspective when watching a race. They have no idea whether the result went to form, or there was an upset, and who moved up and down in this theoretical ranking.
So here I am to enlighten you. These rankings are based on a lot of things, including last year’s results. The more high-level competitions an event has seen in 2013, the more the ranking is based on this year.
Today I’m listing women’s events, and just the ones that will be part of Saturday’s Adidas Grand Prix in New York.
1. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
2. Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)
3. Blessing Okagbare (NIG)
4. Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TRI)
5. Barbara Pierre (USA)
disabled list: Carmelita Jeter (USA)
No start lists are available yet for the Adidas Grand Prix in this event. Fraser-Pryce won the Diamond League opener in Shanghai and Cambell-Brown won the major early race of the World Challenge circuit in Kingston. The others have all taken runner-up spots in major races.
1. Allyson Felix (USA)
2. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
3. Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)
4. Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)
5. Kimberlyn Duncan (USA)
disabled list: Carmelita Jeter (USA)
The top two, Felix and Fraser-Pryce, will face off in 150 meter street race on Sunday in Manchester’s Great City Games, and Campbell-Brown will run in New York. As is common in the 200 meters, there hasn’t been much high-level competition between top sprinters.
1. Amantle Montsho (BOT)
2. Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)
3. Christine Ohuruogu (GBR)
4. Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM)
5. Stephanie McPherson (JAM)
All of the top four will be running at the Adidas Grand Prix. Montsho won the Diamond League opener in Doha, and Richards-Ross rates second on the strength of her outstanding 2012 season. New Jamaican find McPherson won the World Challenge meet in Kingston, but will need to back that up with another good performance to move higher.
1. Abeba Aregawi (SWE)
2. Genzebe Dibaba (TUR)
3. Maryam Jamal (BHR)
4. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (KEN)
5. Jenny Simpson (USA)
Of the top five, only Aregawi will be running in New York. She’s head and shoulders above the rest right now. The top athletes have met only once, the Diamond League race in Doha, and so a lot of the ranking is based on 2012.
1. Yuliya Zaripova (RUS)
2. Sofia Assefa (ETH)
3. Habiba Ghribi (TUN)
4. Lidya Chepkurui (KEN)
5. Milcah Chemos (KEN)
Chepkurui won the Diamond League opener in Doha, but Assefa still rates higher based on a stronger 2012. Zaripova and Ghribi have yet to race this year but still rank highly, again based on their 2012 seasons.
1. Anna Chicherova (RUS)
2. Ruth Beitia (ESP)
3. Tia Hellebaut (BEL)
4. Brigetta Barrett (USA)
5. Svetlana Shkolina (RUS)
Chicherova put up the 2013 leading mark just today in Beijing. Beitia won the European Indoor Championship but lost to Hellebaut earlier in the season. Barrett will jump in the NCAA preliminary round in Austin on Friday, then jump on a plane and fly to New York for the Adidas Grand Prix.
1. Jenn Suhr (USA)
2. Yarisley Silva (CUB)
3. Holly Bleasdale (GBR)
4. Kylie Hutson (USA)
5. Anastasia Savchenko (RUS)
The top three will face off in New York, led by Suhr, the new world indoor record holder. Silva and Bleasdale have the most big wins this year, with Silva beating Suhr in their most recent meeting at the Drake Relays. It seems strange to have a power ranking without Yelena Isinbaeva, but she hasn’t yet earned it in 2013.
1. Brittney Reese (USA)
2. Janay DeLoach (USA)
3. Darya Klishina (RUS)
4. Olga Kucherenko (RUS)
5. Blessing Okagbare (NIG)
Reese is beatable (DeLoach did it at the Millrose Games) but when she hits a big one, no one else is in the same zip code. Klishina won the European Indoor Championships.
1. Sandra Perkovi? (CRO)
2. Nadine M