13 SEP 2004 General News Monaco

IAAF World Rankings finalise competitors for 2nd IAAF World Athletics Final

Kelly Holmes of Great Britain takes gold in the 1500m (Getty Images)Kelly Holmes of Great Britain takes gold in the 1500m (Getty Images) © Copyright

With the end of the TDK Golden League series in Berlin on Sunday, the IAAF World Rankings have finalized the list of participants invited for this weekend’s 2nd World Athletics Final in Monaco. The top 7 athletes in each event (top 11 in running events of 1500m and over) are invited to take part in the competition, which lines up the Best of the Best, in a showcase that is comparable to six hours of Olympic Finals.

The World Athletics Final should offer quite a showdown in the women’s 1500m between Russia’s Tatyana Tomashova and Olympic champion Kelly Holmes. Tomashova beat the Briton in Berlin on the track by running 4:04.41 (1340 points), then took the top spot away from Holmes in the 1500m Event Rankings. Tomashova also climbed up eleven spots in the Women’s Overall Rankings rising to 28th.

The other new leader in the Event Rankings is Ionela Tirlea-Manolache of Romania. The 400m hurdler took the number one spot despite not competing, as previous leader Sandra Cummings-Glover of the United States dropped seven points from her average. Cummings-Glover finished second last September at the Rovereto Palio Citta’ Della Quercia with 53.79, but did not repeat her performance this year and therefore lost ground to the Romanian.

As mentioned previously, this week presented the last chance for athletes to earn their invitations for the 2nd World Athletics Final, and many of them took advantage of the opportunity, climbing into the ‘secure’ 7th place or above. Youssef Saad Kamel of Bahrain won the 800m at the Berlin ISTAF Golden League meet with a modest time of 1:45.07 (1339 points), which was just enough to lift him into 7th place and confirm his qualification for Monaco this weekend.

TDK Golden League Jackpot winner Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas confirmed her number one spot in the Women’s 400m Event Rankings by setting a national record of 49.07 (1404 points) and staying ahead of reigning world champion Ana Guevara of Mexico both on and off the track. Williams-Darling climbed one place in the Women’s Overall Rankings from 5th to 4th.

American Monique Hennagan rose three places to third in the Event Rankings after finishing third in Berlin with 49.67 (1343 points), and improved over 20 places to 38th in the Women’s Overall Rankings.

The Men’s 400m hurdles Event Rankings went through quite a shakeup over the weekend. Event leader Felix Sanchez is the only athlete holding onto his position from last week, all others rising and falling accordingly to their current form.

Bayano Kamani of Panama rocketed into 2nd place behind Sanchez with his 48.55 (1367 points) win in Berlin. Kamani – who also jumped considerably in the Men’s Overall Rankings to 34th – overtook France’s Naman Keita, Jamaica’s Danny McFarlane and the USA’s James Carter who all dropped, while another Jamaican – Kemel Thompson – stepped up one place to 6th by crossing the line second in Berlin with 48.70 (1335 points).

Thompson overtook injured Briton Christopher Rawlinson who dropped two places to seventh and Japan’s Dai Tamesue improved one place to 8th (3rd in Berlin with 48.96 – 1309 points) thereby virtually guaranteeing himself an invitation to Monaco this week.

Olympic Pole Vault champion Timothy Mack of the United States showed why he won the Games two weeks ago in Athens. Mack finished on top of the podium once again in Berlin with 5.80m (1356 points) and pulled away from his compatriot – and Olympic silver medallist – Toby Stevenson. Last week the pair was joint first in the Event Rankings but now Mack is the sole number one.

Another American Derek Miles made sure he is on the guest-list for Monaco. The 32-year-old raised two spots to 5th to be safe for selection by finishing second behind Mack on equal height (5.80m – 1331 points). Reigning world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco of Italy dropped from 5th to 10th this week. Gibilisco won in Rovereto last year with 5.80m (1226 points) but did not compete in the Italian meet this time around, thereby losing those points. His fall allowed Sweden’s Patrik Kristiansson to move up a place to 7th, with American Jeff Hartwing and Rens Blom of the Netherlands tied for the coveted 8th spot.

Kenya’s Edith Masai also pulled away at the top of the Women’s 5000–10,000m Event Rankings. Masai was tied for first with Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, but finishing second in Berlin with 14:59.11 (1333 points) was enough to give the 37-year-old the edge at the top.

In the men’s javelin, Latvia’s Vadims Vasilevskis can also relax for a few days before taking the flight to the Mediterranean Principality. The 22-year-old threw 83.56m (1168 points) to win the Athletic Bridge 2004 competition in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, and rise three places to 7th in the Event Rankings. World record holder Jan Zelezny however could not produce the same feat, after his 79.55 metres win (1110 points) at the other Area Permit meeting of the weekend in Slovakia, he has re-entered the Event Rankings in 10th place.

Kenya is now one-two-three at the top of the Men’s 1500m Event Rankings. Timothy Kiptanui rose one spot to second after taking third place in Berlin with 3:32.65 (1337 points), while his compatriot Paul Korir stepped up two places to 3rd by winning the last TDK Golden League meet of the season in 3:32.46 (1380 points).

In the Men’s 110m hurdles, Allen Johnson extended his lead over joint world record holder and Olympic champion Liu Xiang of China, who did not compete in Berlin over the weekend. Johnson won comfortably with 13.16 (1395 points), with Charles Allen of Canada and Mateus Inocencio of Brazil moving into a tie for 9th place in the Event Rankings. Allen placed 4th with 13.51 (1288 points) and Inocencio took 5th in 13.60 (1264 points).

In the women’s 100m Hurdles, Olympic champion Joanna Hayes also confirmed her status as the best in the world. Hayes ran a blistering 12.46 (1382 points) to win in Berlin and climbed into second place in the Event Rankings, replacing the injured Gail Devers as the top ranked US hurdler. In the Women’s Overall Rankings Hayes rose 18 spots to 17th, her highest position to date.

Young Bulgarian talent Ivet Lalova got off to a great start in the Women’s 100m in Berlin. The 20-year-old was forced to finish 2nd with 11.19 (1305 points) but rose one place to tie for third with Jamaica’s Aleen Bailey who is the top non-European female sprinter at the moment.

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Selected noteworthy changes:

(In brackets the last week's position and the last week's Ranking Scores of the athletes)

Men's Event Rankings
10. (12.) Asafa POWELL (JAM) 200m 1265 (1235)
7. (8.) Youssef Saad KAMEL (BRN) 800m 1315 (1300)
2. (3.) Timothy KIPTANUI (KEN) 1500m 1356 (1350)
3. (5.) Paul KORIR (KEN) 1500m 1347 (1334)
12. (14.) Boniface KIPROP (UGA) 5-10,000m 1293 (1273)
15. ( - ) Mark BETT (KEN) 5-10,000m 1282 ( - )
9. (12.) Mateus Facho INOCENCIO (BRA) 110mH 1287 (1281)
9. (13.) Charles ALLEN (CAN) 110mH 1287 (1273)
2. (6.) Bayano KAMANI (PAN) 400mH 1349 (1319)
6. (7.) Kemel THOMPSON (JAM) 400mH 1325 (1317)
8. (9.) Dai TAMESUE (JPN) 400mH 1297 (1289)
5. (7.) Derek MILES (USA) PV 1298 (1278)
6. (7.) Walter DAVIS (USA) TJ 1274 (1254)
7. (10.) Vadims VASILEVSKIS (LAT) JT 1190 (1183)
10. ( - ) Jan ŽELEZNÝ (CZE) JT 1187 ( - )
Women's Event Rankings
3. (4.) Ivet LALOVA (BUL) 100m 1322 (1319)
3. (6.) Monique HENNAGAN (USA) 400m 1330 (1309)
1. (2.) Tatyana TOMASHOVA (RUS) 1500m 1345 (1328)
5. (6.) Natalya YEVDOKIMOVA (RUS) 1500m 1299 (1293)
6. (7.) Yelena ZADOROZHNAYA (RUS) 1500m 1298 (1288)
2. (4.) Joanna HAYES (USA) 100mH 1358 (1335)
13. (17.) Susanna KALLUR (SWE) 100mH 1269 (1247)
1. (2.) Ionela TIRLEA (ROM) 400mH 1358 (1358)