2018 Men’s 400 World Rankings

Fred Kerley sewed up No. 1 with a win at the Diamond League Final. (GIANCARLO COLOMBO/PHOTO RUN)

THE RANKINGS TEAM went back and forth on this one as many of the mainstream characters had limited seasons. The big battle, of course, was for No. 1, and in the final analysis the nod narrowly went to Fred Kerley over Abdalelah Haroun, who split their 2 meetings 1–1. Each complicated things somewhat: the American by having only 5 meets, with a big gap between June 09 and August 18; the Qatari by not running in the DL Final.

WHAT KERLEY DID DO was win 3 DL races (including the Final), whereas Haroun could claim only 1. Kerley was only 4th in his other DL race, while Haroun had solid finishes of 2-2-2-3… A telling stat: between them they won 9 races (Kerley 3, Haroun 6). In his 3 wins, Kerley racked up 13 wins against rankers; In his 6 wins, Haroun got only 9. As much as Haroun may have had more wins, he wasn’t running in the toughest races but Kerley was…

KERLEY WAS JOINED by a pair of debuting Americans, Paul Dedewo in 3 and Michael Norman in 6. Collegiate star Norman was undefeated and had not only the year’s fastest time, but also the best 5-race average. He didn’t race outside the U.S., however…

CONSPICUOUS BY THEIR absences were the last 7 No. 1s—Kirani James (’11, ’12), LaShawn Merritt (’13, ’14), and Wayde van Niekerk (’156, ’16, ’17). James is recovering from Graves’ Disease, Merritt ran only 200s early in the year before being felled by plantar fasciitis and van Niekerk was rehabbing a rugby-induced knee injury…

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1. FRED KERLEY (US) (5/07/95, 6-3¼/205) (1.91/93)
44.71 4)Shanghai DL 5/12 1. Gardiner; 2. Makwala; 3. Haroun
44.33 1)Rome DL 5/31
44.36 2)Kingston 6/09 1. James
45.54 1)Birmingham DL 8/18
44.80 1)Zürich DL 8/30
(46.25i, 45.18Ai 45.63Ai, 45.86i)
2. ABDALELAH HAROUN (Qatar) (1/1/97, 5-10/161) (1.78/73)
45.41 1)São Bernardo do Campo 4/07
44.50 2)Doha DL 5/04 1. Gardiner
44.51 3)Shanghai DL 5/12 1. Gardiner; 2. Makwala
44.37 2)Rome DL 5/31 1. Kerley
44.35 1)Hengelo IWC 6/03
44.63 1)Ostrava IWC 6/13
44.69 2)Rabat DL 7/13 1. Bloomfield
44.07 1)London DL 7/21
44.89 1)Asian G 8/26
(46.28h, 45.83sf)
44.72 1)Cont Cup 9/09
(48.18Ai, 46.37Ai)
3. PAUL DEDEWO (US) (6/05/91, 6-¾/161) (1.85/73)
45.21 1)Tempe 3/17
44.62 2)Sun Angel 4/07 1. Hall
44.78 3)Mt. SAC R 4/21 1. Norman; 2. Benjamin
44.58 3)Rome DL 5/31 1. Kerley; 2. Haroun
44.50 2)Hengelo IWC 6/03 1. Haroun
44.56 1)Chorzów 6/08
44.64 2)USATF 6/23 1. Montgomery
(45.40h, 45.03sf)
44.82 5)Rabat DL 7/13 1. Bloomfield; 2. Haroun; 3. Hudson-Smith; 4. Santos
44.48 1)World Cup 7/15
44.43 2)London DL 7/21 1. Haroun
45.62 3)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Kerley; 2. Hudson-Smith
45.30 1)Rovereto 8/23
45.18 4)Zürich DL 8/30 1. Kerley; 2. Strother; 3. Hudson-Smith
(46.96Ai, 46.23Ai, 45,61Ai)
4. MATTHEW HUDSON-SMITH (Great Britain) (10/26/94, 6-3½/174) (1.92/79)
dq-h )Comm G 4/08 1. Quow; 2. Shearman; 3. George
45.07 1)Clermont 4/28
44.70 1)Clermont 5/12
45.70 4)Kingston IWC 5/19 1. Gaye; 2. Francis; 3. Taplin
45.52 7)Rome DL 5/31 1. Kerley; 2. Haroun; 3. Dedewo; 4. Cherry; 5. Roberts;
6. Re
45.40 4)Kingston 6/09 1. James; 2. Kerley; 3. Taplin
44.68 1)GB Ch 7/01
(45.94h)
44.79 3)Rabat DL 7/13 1. Bloomfield; 2. Haroun
44.63 6)London DL 7/21 1. Haroun; 2. Dedewo; 3. James; 4. Thebe; 5. Samba
44.78 1)European Ch 8/10
(44.76sf)
45.59 2)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Kerley
44.95 3)Zürich DL 8/30 1. Kerley; 2. Strother
45.72 4)Cont Cup 9/09 1. Haroun; 2. Thebe; 3. Strother
5. STEVEN GARDINER (Bahamas) (9/12/95, 6-2/165) (1.88/75)
43.87 1)Doha DL 5/04
43.99 1)Shanghai DL 5/12
44.43 1)Chorzów 8/22
dnf )Zürich DL 8/30 1. Kerley; 2. Strother; 3. Hudson-Smith; 4. Dedewo; 5. Thebe;
6. Santos; 7. Conradie
6. MICHAEL NORMAN (US) (12/03/97, 6-0/161) (1.83/73)
44.53 1)Mt. SAC 4/21
44.74 1)USC vs UCLA 4/29
44.40 1)Pac-12 5/13
43.61 1)NCAA 6/08
(46.36h, 44.57qf, 44.66sf)
(45.00i, 45.56i, 44.52i)
7. ISAAC MAKWALA (Botswana) (9/29/86, 6-0/174) (1.83/79)
45.03(A) 1)Johannesburg 3/01
44.35 1)Comm G 4/10
(46.01h, 45.00sf)
44.92 3)Doha DL 5/04 1. Gardiner; 2. Haroun
44.23 2)Shanghai DL 5/12 1. Gardiner
8. BABOLOKI THEBE (Botswana) (3/18/97, 5-10/150) (1.78/68)
45.09 2)Comm G 4/10 1. Makwala
(46.17h, 45.54sf)
45.58 5)Doha DL 5/04 1. Gardiner; 2. Haroun; 3. Makwala; 4. Roberts
45.24(A) 1h)Bot Ch 5/27
46.53 7)Ostrava IWC 6/13 1. Haroun; 2. Santos; 3. Taylor; 4. Maslak; 5. Taplin;
6. Husillos
45.00 4)Madrid IWC 6/22 1. Santos; 2. Hortelano; 3. Husillos
45.13 2)Gyulai M 7/02 1. Santos
44.54 4)London DL 7/21 1. Haroun; 2. Dedewo; 3. James
44.81 1)Afr Ch 8/03
(45.94h, 46.25sf)
46.35 7)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Kerley; 2. Hudson-Smith; 3. Dedewo; 4. Taylor; 5. Santos;
6. Borlee
45.41 5)Zürich DL 8/30 1. Kerley; 2. Strother; 3. Hudson-Smith; 4. Dedewo
45.10 2)Cont Cup 9/09 1. Haroun
9. LUGUELÍN SANTOS (Dominican Republic) (11/12/92, 5-8/134) (1.73/61)
45.66 2)Grenada Inv 4/21 1. Taplin
45.30 1)Medellín 4/28
45.81 8)Rome DL 5/31 1. Kerley; 2. Haroun; 3. Dedewo; 4. Cherry; 5. Roberts;
6. Re; 7. Hudson-Smith
44.75 2)Chorzów 6/08 1. Dedewo
45.43 2)Ostrava IWC 6/13 1. Haroun
44.66 1)Madrid IWC 6/22
44.88 1)Gyulai M 7/02
44.80 4)Rabat DL 7/13 1. Bloomfield; 2. Haroun; 3. Hudson-Smith
44.59 1)CAC G 8/01
(46.10h)
45.81 5)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Kerley; 2. Hudson-Smith; 3. Dedewo; 4. Taylor
45.58 2)Rovereto 8/23 1. Dedewo
46.17 6)Zürich DL 8/30 1. Kerley; 2. Strother; 3. Hudson-Smith; 4. Dedewo; 5. Thebe
45.81 6)Cont Cup 9/09 1. Haroun; 2. Thebe; 3. Strother; 4. Hudson-Smith; 5. Y. Muhammed Anas
(47.10i, 46.67i, 46.53i, 46.83i, 46.31i)
10. AKEEM BLOOMFIELD (Jamaica) (11/10/97, 6-2/170) (1.88/77)
46.17 1)Auburn 4/14
45.68 1)Auburn 4/21
dnc )SEC 5/13
(45.06h)
43.94 2)NCAA 6/08 1. Norman
(45.51h, 44.90qf, 44.72sf)
44.33 1)Rabat DL 7/13
(45.92i, 45.02i, 45.76i, 45.22i, 45.64i, 44.86i)

 

U.S. RANKINGS
1. *Fred Kerley (Nike) 5. Michael Cherry (Nike)
1)Rome DL, 1)Birmingham DL, 1)Zürich DL 4)Rome DL, 3)USATF, 6)Rabat DL
2. *Paul Dedewo (unattached) 7. Obi Igbokwe (Arkansas)
2)USATF, 2)London DL, 4)Zürich DL 7)SEC, 6)NCAA, 5)USATF
3. *Michael Norman (USC) 8. Mar’yea Harris (Iowa)
1)Mt. SAC Relays, 1)Pac-12, 1)NCAA 1)Big 10, 4)NCAA, dq-h)USATF
4. Nathan Strother (Tennessee) 9. Christian Taylor (Nike)
2)SEC, 5sf)NCAA, 4)USATF 5)Shanghai DL, 5sf)USATF, 4)Birmingham DL
5. Kahmari Montgomery (Houston) 10. Josephus Lyles (adidas)
4)Mt. SAC Relays, 7)NCAA, 1)USATF 1)Jones Memorial, 6)USATF, 4)Gyulai Memorial

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