14 SEP 2003 General News

Shaheen's Area Record not fast enough to dethrone El Guerrouj - NEW Top 10 IAAF World Rankings

Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar celebrates winning the 3000m steeplechase (Getty Images)Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar celebrates winning the 3000m steeplechase (Getty Images) © Copyright

Saif Saaeed Shaheen needed to complete the 3000m Steeplechase in 7:54.49 to overtake Hicham El Guerrouj in the IAAF World Rankings and earn Athlete of the Year honours.

The neo-Qatari was close but failed to break that barrier despite running a World Leading time of 7:57.38 (a new Asian record also) to snatch victory in this race from Kenya's Paul Koech after running a last lap of just 60 seconds (unofficial timing).

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IAAF World Rankings

Men's Overall Ranking - 14 September 2003

1.  Hicham EL GUERROUJ MAR 1450 
2.  Saif Saeed SHAHEEN QAT 1448 
3.  Kenenisa BEKELE ETH 1441 
4.  Allen JOHNSON USA 1440 
5.  Haile GEBRSELASSIE ETH 1429 
6.  Felix SÁNCHEZ DOM 1422 
7.  Tom PAPPAS USA 1411 
8.  Christian OLSSON SWE 1398 
8.  Eliud KIPCHOGE KEN 1398 
10.  Ezekiel KEMBOI KEN 1389

Women's Overall Ranking - 14 September 2003
1.  Hestrie CLOETE RSA 1441 
2.  Carolina KLÜFT SWE 1436 
3.  Kelli WHITE USA 1429 
4.  Tatyana LEBEDEVA RUS 1427 
5.  Süreyya AYHAN TUR 1409 
6.  Ana Gabriela GUEVARA MEX 1406 
7.  Yamilé ALDAMA CUB 1394 
8.  Berhane ADERE ETH 1392 
9.  Sandra CUMMINGS-GLOVER USA 1390 
9.  Maria de Lurdes MUTOLA MOZ 1390 

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