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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Superfan Rankings Update: Sprints & 400

It's time to update my world rankings going into the weekend...

Men’s 100 meters
Bolt’s relay carry at Penn on Saturday confirms his status as the fastest man in the universe. Asafa Powell is stuck back at #8 due to inactivity. This Saturday’s Jamaica International mens’ 100 will have #4 Williams, #5 Carter, #6 Blake, #10 Patton and #17 Michael Frater.
1. Usain Bolt
2. Tyson Gay
3. Dwain Chambers
4. Ivory Williams
5. Nesta Carter
6. Yohan Blake
7. Daniel Bailey
8. Asafa Powell
8. Mike Rodgers
10. Darvis Patton

Men’s 200 meters
Wallace Spearmon’s win at the Drake Relays is the best mark of the early season. Bolt will run his first 200 of the season on Saturday at the Jamaica International on Saturday; who the sacrificial lambs will be is unclear.
1. Usain Bolt
2. Tyson Gay
3. Wallace Spearmon
4. Shawn Crawford
5. Alonso Edward
6. Steve Mullings
7. Curtis Mitchell
7. Ivory Williams
9. Ramil Gulyev
10. Brendan Christian

Men’s 400 meters
Torrin Lawrence, the NCAA indoor champ, takes over the lead after LaShawn Merritt’s exit from the scene. Tyson Gay ran a nice 44.90 on April 17th to break into the rankings. He, along with #2 Quow and #7 Brown, is entered in the 400 at the Jamaica International this Saturday, which makes me wonder if he’s going to do more in this event than just early-season prep work.
1. Torrin Lawrence
2. Rennie Quow
3. Jeremy Wariner
4. Calvin Smith
5. Ben Offereins
6. David Gillick
7. Chris Brown
8. Tabarie Henry
9. Bershawn Jackson
10. Kirani James

Women’s 100 meters
The best early action in this event has come from LaShauntea Moore, who won at the Drake Relays, and UTEP’s Blessing Okagbare. #1 Jeter, #5 Stewart and #15 Marshevet Myers are slated to race in the Jamaica International on Saturday.
1. Carmelita Jeter
2. Veronica Campbell-Brown
3. LaVerne Jones-Ferrette
4. Shelly-Ann Fraser
5. Kerron Stewart
6. Chandra Sturrup
7. Muna Lee
7. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
9. Kelly-Ann Baptiste
10. Lauryn Williams

Women’s 200 meters
Veronica Campbell-Brown overtook the lead in this event with her fine win at the Kansas Relays. She will race #3 Ferguson-McKenzie, #8 Richards and #17 Bianca Knight at the Jamaica International on Saturday.
1. Veronica Campbell-Brown
2. Allyson Felix
3. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
4. Muna Lee
5. Kerron Stewart
6. Laverne Jones
7. Porscha Lucas
8. Sanya Richards
8. Shalonda Solomon
10. Marshevet Hooker

Women’s 400 meters
The best early-season times have come from Botswana’s Amantle Montsho, who has twice broken 51 seconds in African meets. #5 Williams-Mills, #15 Monica Hargrove and #23 DeeDee Trotter will race on Saturday in Jamaica.
1. Sanya Richards
2. Shericka Williams
3. Debbie Dunn
4. Antonina Krivoshapka
5. Novlene Williams-Mills
6. Amantle Montsho
7. Allyson Felix
8. Tatyana Firova
9. Francena McCorory
10. Christine Ohuruogu


MGM said...
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MGM said...

Curious about how you do your rankings...

For example, I see some athletes ranked ahead of others that have either A) not even run the event yet this year and/or B) have never beaten people they are ahead of in previous years.

The Track & Field Superfan said...

It's a point-for-place and point-for-mark system, with the best 12 of the season from any combination of either. Early on in the year, athletes get points for their two best marks from the previous season, but that goes away when the season is fully underway. They can also get points for marks in related events, but no more than twice. Related events are often other distances ( example: 200m in the 100m rankings), but for the sprints & 400 & hurdles indoor competition and relay splits are considered related events and not the main event.

Clear? No? OK, I'll just say it gets better as the season goes on.