31 JAN 2006 General News

Indoor season start brings changes in the latest IAAF World Rankings

Catherine Ndereba (KEN) wins the 2006 Osaka Marathon (Kazutaka Eguchi (Agence SHOT))Catherine Ndereba (KEN) wins the 2006 Osaka Marathon (Kazutaka Eguchi (Agence SHOT)) © Copyright

MonteCarloA handful of indoor meetings in Europe and the United States caused Top-10 changes in various Event Rankings.

Marian Oprea (ROM) and Yuriy Borzakovskiy (RUS) respectively increased their lead in the Triple Jump and 800m Event Rankings, mainly due to world season leading performances in Karlsruhe. Oprea won his season opener with 17.38m (1297 points), while Borzakovskiy clocked 1:45.82 (1306 points) to increase his advantage over South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi who lies in second place in the Ranking.

Although Olympic bronze medallist Joachim Olsen did not compete over the past fortnight, the Dane still took sole possession of first place in the Men’s Shot Put Event Ranking. World champion Adam Nelson (USA) dropped a few points this week and so the tie between the two men for first place was broken. The American did not back-up his performance from last year’s Reebok Boston Indoor Games where he won with 21.66m (1260 points), and as a result, slipped to second place behind Olsen.

Kenya’s Catherine Ndereba moved up one spot to 3rd in the Women’s Marathon – Road Running Event Ranking after winning the Osaka International Ladies Marathon in Japan with 2:25:05 (1310 points).

Australian Jana Pittman returned to the Women’s 400m Hurdles Event Ranking this week after a long absence. Pittman won at the Canberra Telstra A-series meet in 54.81 (1279 points), while in the Ranking she moved into 6th place.

Her compatriot Daniel Batman improved his position in the Rankings after winning the 200m in the same Canberra meeting. Batman clocked 20.29 (1270 points), although he had an assisting 2.4m/s wind, and so moved up six places to 12th in the 200m Event Ranking.

Ethiopia’s Sileshi Sihine stepped up two places to 5th in the Men’s 5000 – 10,000m Event Ranking. Sihine finished second in the 2 Miles in Boston with 8:27.03 (1212 points) which was enough for him to overtake Kenyans Augustine Kiprono Choge and Isaac Kiprono Songok in the Ranking.

On the women’s side, Russia’s Olga Zaytseva and Natalya Antyukh both improved in the 400m Event Ranking, finishing first and third respectively at the Moscow Russian Winter meet. 21-year-old Zaytseva ran a personal best of 50.15 (1350 points) before travelling to Glasgow for the Norwich Union International, where she won with 50.62 (1258 points). Antyukh took third in Moscow with 50.50 (1307 points) and moved up two places to 9th, while Zaytseva improved four places to 11th in the Event Ranking.

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Selected changes:

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

Men's Event Rankings
12. (18.) Daniel BATMAN (AUS) 200m 1213 (1196)
1. (1.) Yuriy BORZAKOVSKIY (RUS) 800m 1343 (1341)
5. (7.) Sileshi SIHINE (ETH) 5-10,000m 1329 (1322)
17. (18.) Oleksandr KORCHMID (UKR) PV 1234 (1220)
16. (17.) John MOFFITT (USA) LJ 1173 (1170)
17. (20.) Tim PARRAVICINI (AUS) LJ 1171 (1161)
1. (1.) Marian OPREA (ROM) TJ 1345 (1338)
1. (1.) Joachim OLSEN (DEN) SP 1332 (1332)
2. (1.) Adam NELSON (USA) SP 1330 (1332)
Women's Event Rankings
9. (11.) Natalya ANTYUKH (RUS) 400m 1251 (1235)
11. (15.) Olga ZAYTSEVA (RUS) 400m 1247 (1217)
6. ( - ) Jana PITTMAN (AUS) 400mH 1283 ( - )
16. ( - ) Kym HOWE (AUS) PV 1097 ( - )
3. (4.) Catherine NDEREBA (KEN) RR 1342 (1321)