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As most of you know, earlier this year, the IAAF announced their new World Ranking system, which will be used in part to select future global championship fields. I wrote about how dumb the rankings were when they came out, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that Kim Conley reminded me how stupid IAAF's new World Rankings truly are.
Here is the outcome of the IAAF’s ranking system:— Kim Conley (@KimConley) June 12, 2019
I recently ran 15:05 for 5000m but received 18 fewer ‘points’ than I did for a 4th place finish (out of 5 entrants) in 15:44 at the New Balance Grand Prix.
In practice, this constitutes a flawed system. pic.twitter.com/uvVVsA7bqz
In addition to this, coming off of the NCAA Championships I was also reminded that the IAAF views the DI NCAA Outdoor Championships as a tier 7 event out of 10.
It took 10.06 to qualify for the final in the 100M at the NCAA Champs. Two men ran 10.03 and 10.05 but did not qualify on time. By contrast, it took 10.10 to make the final at the 2017 World Champs yet the IAAF does not recognize NCAAs in the world rankings! Go figure! pic.twitter.com/QLkjZl8g4W— LeroyBurrell OLY (@BurrellLeroy) June 6, 2019
So, I decided to dive into a few of the events and take a little snapshot of the rankings to show you how ridiculous they can become.
Despite Gillespie’s time being much faster and performed in a much deeper/high-pressured environment (NCAAs), the IAAF ranks his 9.93 lower than Rodgers’ and Burrell’s performances.
1316 pts | Michael Rodgers’ 10.09 (1st at Nanjing: World Challenge)
1295 pts | Cameron Burrell’s 10.12 (3rd at NACACs)
1281 pts | Cravon Gillespie’s 9.93 (2nd at NCAAs)
Despite Sowinski’s time being much slower than Murphy’s and Hoppel’s, his ranking is boosted due to his place finish and IAAF’s meet rating system.
1295 pts | Erik Sowinski’s 1:47.49 (1st at Toruń: World Indoor Tour)
1279 pts | Clayton Murphy’s 1:45.97 (5th at Brussels: Diamond League)
1252 pts | Bryce Hoppel’s 1:44.41 (1st at NCAAs)
Men's Shot Put
Despite Otterdahl’s throw being much better than Crouser’s or Kovac’s throws, his ranking is lowered due to the IAAF’s meet rating system.
1328 pts | Ryan Crouser’s 21.63m (5th at Continental Cup)
1290 pts | Joe Kovac’s 20.83m (6th at Doha: Diamond League)
1248 pts | Payton Otterdahl’s 21.71m (1st at NCAA Indoors)
Despite Conley running almost 40 seconds faster (15:44 vs 15:05) the NB Indoor GP performance is rated higher than Hengelo’s performance due to IAAF’s meet rating system. Also, despite Shelby Houlihan winning a U.S. title she is still rated lower due to the time she ran in a tactical race and the meet rating system.
1171 pts | Kim Conley’s 15:44.41 (4th at NB Indoor GP)
1153 pts | Kim Conley’s 15:05.20 (11th at Hengelo: World Challenge)
1114 pts | Shelby Houlihan’s 15:31.03 (1st at U.S. Championships)
Women's High Jump
Three women all jumped the exact same height yet they are all viewed differently in the IAAF’s eyes due to IAAF’s meet rating system.
1241 pts | Vashti Cunningham’s 1.91m (3rd at London: Diamond League)
1146 pts | Morgan Smalls’ 1.91m (1st at New Balance Nationals Indoor)
1131 pts | Elizabeth Patterson’s 1.91m (1st at Morton Games)