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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How the Superfan Rankings Work

If I'm going to post the numbers, there will be people who want to know where they come from. It's basically the IAAF World Athletics Tour points, but with some extras.

Major national and international championships/games/cups are also scored, as well as major indoor, road, and cross country invitationals. Basically, every meaningful competition can score points.

Athletes can score up to ten bonus points for performances. For example, in the women's 800 meters, 1:55.22 scores 10 points while 1:59.20 scores 1 point. (Adjustments are made for indoor races.) Wind and altitude corrections are made for sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps.

Athlete's eight best meets are scored. Up to two of those meets can be in other events. For example, if Jeremy Wariner had a race or two at 200m that scored more points than his 7th- or 8th-best races at 400m, those would score points for him in the 400m rankings. (Indoor sprints & hurdles are considered different events than their outdoor counterparts.)

The meets, and how they score:

Scored 40-32-28-24-20-16-12-8
Olympic Games

Scored 30-24-21-18-15-12-9-6
IAAF World Athletics Final

Scored 20-16-14-12-10-8-6-4
IAAF Golden League meets
IAAF Super Grand Prix meets
IAAF World Indoor Championships
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
US Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field
Russian outdoor Championships
Kenyan Olympic Trials

Scored 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2
IAAF Grand Prix meets
African Championships
European Cross Country Championships
European Cup (super league)
European Winter Throwing Cup
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Kenyan World Cross Country Trials
Russian Cup
USATF, Russian Indoor Championships
Jamaican, German, Kenyan outdoor championships

Scored 6-4-2-1
IAAF World Tour Permit meets*
IAAF Indoor Permit meets
IAAF Cross Country Permit meets
IAAF World Junior Championships
IAAF Gold Label Road Races (12k and shorter)
VISA Championship Series meets
Asian Indoor Championships
NACAC, South American Cross Country Championships
European Cups (first league, 10k, and indoor)
NCAA Indoor Championships
Ethiopian World Cross Country Trials
German Indoor Championships
Cuban, Polish, Swedish, Belarussian, and Chinese Outdoor Championships
*the IAAF occaissionally changes the scoring format for some events; I follow their lead

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