World records lead
to significant changes in the IAAF World Rankings
6 February 2002 - An intense weekend of meets on both sides of the Atlantic resulted in the most significant changes so far in the IAAF World Rankings this season.
Moscow, Stuttgart, Erfurt, Tallin, New York and Cardiff hosted the major international meets where two world records, and a superb junior performance, were the major factors in affecting the rankings.
Berhane Adere (ETH) shattered the year old 3000m world record of Gabriela Szabo (ROM) by nearly four seconds, when she clocked 8:29.15 in Stuttgart in her first ever indoor meet. Adere only arrived in Stuttgart the night before and was rather unfamiliar with the banked track. Nevertheless she defeated with ease the likes of Russian greats Olga Yegorova and Yelena Zadorozhnaya. This performance moved her to 24th in the Overall Ranking, and 5th in her Event Ranking.
Stuttgart saw another world record, this one from Russian pole-vaulter Svetlana Feofanova (RUS). The 21-year-old cleared 4.71m on her third attempt thereby beating Stacy Dragila’s (USA) previous mark of 4.70. This performance vaulted Feofanova to 6th in the Overall Ranking, three places up from her position last week. Reportedly the young Russian star is talking about clearing 4.80m later this year. It will be interesting to see what Dragila has to say about this.
Also in Stuttgart, Dora Györffy (HUN) followed up her 1.93m performance from last week with a 1.97m in the high jump to move up twenty places in the Overall Ranking, and is now 129th. Gyorffy also inched up a place in the Event Ranking, where she is placed 7th.
20-year-old Russian high jumper Marina Kuptsova moved up nearly 200 places in the Overall Ranking to 337th after her stellar performance at the Russian Winter Meet. Kuptsova won the meet with a jump of 1.98m. She also moved up 9 places in the Event Ranking, and is now 14th.
Yekaterina Puzanova of Russia moved up 209 places to 543rd in the Overall Ranking following her success at the Russian Winter Meet in Moscow. She ran the 1500m instead of her usual 800m, but managed well, clocking a world leading time of 4:14.27.
Also making big strides this week is Yelena Sivushenko. Jumping 1.95m in the Moscow meet and 337 places in the Overall Ranking to 552nd was not yet everything for the young Russian athlete. She also moved up 13 places to 28th in her Event Ranking.
Regina Jacobs of the US won the Mile in New York with a time of 4:34.60 and moved up two places to 8th in her Event Ranking, and 5 places to 90th in the Overall.
Girt Breuer of Germany ran 51.71 in Erfurt followed by a 51.62 in Stuttgart to win both meets and own the fastest time this year in the 400m. Her results moved her up a spot in the Event Ranking to 3rd, and two spots in the Overall to 55th.
The Millrose Games saw Slovenian Jolanda Ceplak take home the 800m crown with a time of 1:59.98 seconds, beating the competition by nearly five seconds Ceplak’s running moved her into the top ten of her Event Ranking at 9th, while in the overall the 25-year-old is 95th. A showdown with Austrian Stephanie Graf at the European Championships is one both athletes await.
On the men’s side, South African sprinter Morne Nagel keeps climbing up the rankings. Last week he became the first white man to run under 6.50seconds; this week he became the fastest white man in the rankings by moving up 4 places to 14th, and cracking the top 200 in the Overall Ranking. (188th)
Jason Gardener (GBR) made a comeback and rocketed himself into 30th place in the Event Ranking by moving up 90 places. His time of 6.52 in Cardiff also catapulted him in the Overall Ranking from number 992 to 305.
Second and third behind Gardener were fellow British sprinters Mark Lewis-Francis and Christian Malcolm respectively. While Lewis-Francis moved up a place to 12th in the Event Ranking, Malcolm was pushed back a place to 16th after a rather modest time of 6.67.
Another change in the 100m rankings was the rise of Edmonton 200m bronze medallist Shawn Crawford (USA). The 23-year-old sprinter went from 29th to 20th following his win at the Millrose Games. Crawford finished in 6.49 seconds.
Uchenna Emedolu (NGR) and Ingo Schultz (GER) both ran a 20.84second 200 in Stuttgart, which is the world’s leading time for this year. The result entered Schultz into the rankings at 46th, and moved Emedolu up 9 places to 16th.
Charles Clinger (USA) won the Men’s High Jump at the Millrose Games with a leap of 2.31 meters. Clinger’s jump put him at 12th in the Event Ranking, two places above his position from last week.
The winner of the Men’s High Jump at the Moscow meet, Pavel Fomenko (RUS), soared from 58th to 30th in the Event Ranking after his 2.28m performance.
Defending world indoor 1500m champion Rui SILVA of Portugal edged up 6 places in the Overall Ranking after running a world leading time of 3:35.87 in Stuttgart. Silva also moved up 5 places in the Event Ranking to 11th.
Finishing second to Silva was French runner Bouabdallah Tahri with a national record time of 3:36.34. Tahri moved up 19 places in the Event Ranking to 34th.
Third behind Silva in the 1500m at the Sparkassen-Cup was 18-year-old Kenyan sensation Michael Too who continued his strong form from last week by clocking 3:36.37. This moved him up over a 100 places in the Overall Ranking to 314th, while he is at a very respectable 28th place in the Event Ranking.
Yevgeniy Pechonkin (RUS) stole the show in Moscow at the Russian Winter Meet, where he finally took sole possession of the 60H Russian record with a time of 7.46. The previous mark of 7.52 was shared between Pechonkin and Aleksandr Markin. The result moved the hurdler to 113th in the Overall Ranking.