2019 Men’s Marathon World Rankings

Birhanu Legesse & Sisay Lemma gave Kenenisa Bekele good company has he cranked out a 2:01:41. (SEAN HARTNETT)

MASS-MEDIA ATTENTION on the 26-miler this year pretty much focused on Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2:00 pursuit, but you’ll find we gave that “race” no status. Unlike 2 years ago when we gave consideration to his Monza race, this one had no other competitors and took technological aids to an over-the-top level. Make no mistake, our Rankings Panel remains mightily impressed by the Vienna affair, but it just doesn’t qualify in a competitive sense…

KIPCHOGE’S BID for a sixth straight No. 1 got off to a very good start when he won the big London race with the second-fastest time ever, a 2:02:37 that trailed only his own 2:01:39 from last year’s Berlin race. Kipchoge eschewed the always-fast German race in favor of his Vienna adventure, so it was left to Kenenisa Bekele to attack the Berlin route. He missed the Kenyan’s WR by only 2 seconds and that was enough to give him his first No. 1 here after many such on the track…

LAWRENCE CHERONO wasn’t particularly fast, but with a pair of WMM wins (Boston 2:07:57, Chicago 2:05:45) he was the logical choice for No. 3 ahead of world champ Lelisa Desisa, whom he had just edged in the Patriots’ Day race… Overall, times became unreal with the rise of high-tech shoes.

JUMP TO U.S. RANKINGS VIEW WORLD TOP 50 LIST VIEW U.S. TOP 50 LIST
# = World Marathon Major; ‘ = aided course
1. KENENISA BEKELE (Ethiopia) (6/13/82, 5-3¾/119) (1.62/54)
2:01:41 1)Berlin # 9/29
2. ELIUD KIPCHOGE (Kenya) (11/05/84, 5-5¾/115) (1.67/52)
2:02:37 1)London # 4/28
3. LAWRENCE CHERONO (Kenya) (8/07/88, 5-7/121) (1.70/55)
2:07:57’ 1)Boston # 4/15
2:05:45 1)Chicago # 10/13
4. LELISA DESISA (Ethiopia) (1/14/90, 5-7/115) (1.70/52)
2:07:59’ 2)Boston # 4/15 1. Cherono
2:10:40 1)World Ch # 10/05
5. BERHANU LEGESSE (Ethiopia) (9/11/94, 5-6/121) (1.68/55)
2:04:48 1)Tokyo # 3/03
2:02:48 2)Berlin # 9/29 1. Bekele
6. MOSINET GEREMEW (Ethiopia) (2/12/92, 5-8½/126) (1.74/57)
2:02:55 2)London # 4/28 1. Kipchoge
2:10:44 2)World Ch # 10/05 1. Desisa
7. MULE WASIHUN (Ethiopia) (10/20/93)
2:03:16 3)London # 4/28 1. Kipchoge; 2. Geremew
dnf –)World Ch # 10/05 1. Desisa; 2. Geremew; 3. Kipruto; 4. Hawkins; 5. Mokoka;
6. Tadese; 7. El Abbassi; 8. Sahili; 9. Abraham; 10. Mateo…
8. VINCENT TOROTICH (Kenya) (8/03/90)
2:06:56 1)Vienna 4/07
2:05:09 1)Amsterdam 10/20
9. GEOFFREY KAMWOROR (Kenya) (11/28/92, 5-6/119) (1.68/54)
2:08:13 1)New York # 11/03
dnf –)New York # 11/03 1. Kamworor; 2. Korir; 3. Bekele; 4. Tola; 5. Kitata;
6. Ward; 7. Sambu; 8. Takenouchi; 9. Abdirahman; 10. McMillan…
10. GETANEH TAMIRE (Ethiopia) (1/10/94, 5-7¼/121) (1.71/55)
2:03:34 1)Dubai 1/25

 

U.S. RANKINGS
1. Jared Ward (Saucony) 6. Shadrack Biwott (Hansons-Brooks)
8)Boston, 6)New York 15)Boston
2. Scott Fauble (Hoka NAZ Elite) 7. Abdi Abdirahman (Nike)
7)Boston 27)Boston, 9)New York
3. Leonard Korir (American Distance Project) 8. Jake Riley (unattached)
11)Amsterdam 9)Chicago
4. Augustus Maiyo (American Distance Project) 9. Jerrell Mock (unattached)
13)Boston, 4)Pan-Am Games 10)Chicago
5. Elkanah Kibet (American Distance Project) 10. Ahmed Osman (unattached)
11)Boston, 38)World Ch dnf)London, 23)World Ch

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