2021 Men’s 400 World Rankings

Steven Gardiner was followed across the line in Tokyo by Anthony Zambrano, Kirani James & Michael Cherry. (GIANCARLO COLOMBO/PHOTO RUN)

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST Steven Gardiner chose to call it quits after Tokyo and had only a single European meet pre-Games. Overall he had a thin record, but it was still better than anybody else’s, marred only by an early-season small-meet DNF… He thus repeated his No. 1 from ’19…

THE RUNNER-UP SPOT was a bit problematic, what with silver medalist Anthony Zambrano beating bronze medalist Kirani James in both their meetings. The Colombian, however, had no post-Games while James had a win and a pair of 2nds…

THE BATTLE FOR TOP AMERICAN — and the No. 4 spot — was also close, with OT winner Michael Norman notching a 4-1 overall record against Michael Cherry, who went on to win the DL final… Yearly list leader Randolph Ross and Vernon Norwood fill out the bottom end, giving the U.S. 4 of the 10 spots overall.

JAMES PASSED 3 LEGENDS on the all-time scoring compilation: Lee Evans, Herb McKenley & Alberto Juantorena. He’s now No. 5 on the list.

JUMP TO U.S. RANKINGS VIEW WORLD TOP 50 LIST VIEW U.S. TOP 50 LIST
1. STEVEN GARDINER (Bahamas) (9/12/95, 6-5/170) (1.96/77)
44.71 1)Jones Mem 4/17
dnf –)Fort Worth 5/18 1. Cherry; 2. Mendoza; 3. Bailey; 4. Osei; 5. Chambers;
6. Poole
45.06 1)Music City 6/06
44.52 1)Bah Ch 6/26
(46.21h)
44.47 1)Gyulai CT 7/06
43.85 1)Olympic Games 8/05
(45.05h, 44.14sf)
2. KIRANI JAMES (Grenada) (9/1/92, 6-¾/163) (1.85/74)
44.88 1)Phoenix 4/24
44.74 1)Ostrava CT 5/19
44.61 4)Doha DL 5/28 1. Norman; 2. Zambrano; 3. Kerley
44.63 1)Stockholm DL 7/04
44.19 3)Olympic Games 8/05 1. Gardiner; 2. Zambrano
(45.09h, 43.88sf)
44.51 2)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Cherry
44.42 2)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Cherry
44.46 1)Zagreb CT 9/14
3. ANTHONY ZAMBRANO (Colombia) (1/17/98, 5-10½/150) (1.79/68)
44.57 2)Doha DL 5/28 1. Norman
44.91 1)Salamanca 6/05
44.76 1)Florence DL 6/10
44.51 1)Madrid 6/19
44.08 2)Olympic Games 8/05 1. Gardiner
(44.87h, 43.93sf)
4. MICHAEL NORMAN (US) (12/3/97, 6-0/161) (1.83/73)
(45.34i)
44.67 1)Eugene 4/24
44.40 1)Mt. SAC 5/09
44.27 1)Doha DL 5/28
44.07 1)Olympic Trials 6/20
(45.18h, 44.73sf)
44.65 3)Gyulai CT 7/06 1. Gardiner; 2. Deadmon
44.31 5)Olympic Games 8/05 1. Gardiner; 2. Zambrano; 3. James; 4. Cherry
(45.35h, 44.52sf)
5. MICHAEL CHERRY (US) (3/23/95, 6-4/198) (1.93/90)
(45.24i)
45.90 5)Eugene 4/24 1. Norman; 2. Benjamin; 3. Robinson; 4. Korir
44.86 2)Mt. SAC 5/09 1. Norman
44.37 1)Fort Worth 5/18
44.74 1)Jacksonville 5/31
44.35 2)Olympic Trials 6/20 1. Norman
(44.86h, 44.50sf)
44.69 4)Gyulai CT 7/06 1. Gardiner; 2. Deadmon; 3. Norman
44.21 4)Olympic Games 8/05 1. Gardiner; 2. Zambrano; 3. James
(44.82h, 44.44sf)
44.55 1)Rovereto 8/31
44.03 1)Brussels DL 9/03
44.94 1)Chorzów CT 9/05
44.41 1)Zürich DL 9/09
6. ISAAC MAKWALA (Botswana) (9/24/85, 6-0/174) (1.83/79)
46.49(A) 1)Gaborone 2/06
46.82(A) 4)Roodepoort 3/23 1. Nzamani; 2. Pillay; 3. Nene
46.09(A) 2)Potchefstroom 3/31 1. Samba
44.65(A) 1h)Bot Ch 5/15
44.47 1)Chorzów 6/20
45.03 6)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. James; 2. Lendore; 3. Bonevacia; 4. Norwood; 5. London
45.16 1)Sotteville-lès-Rouen 7/11
44.94 7)Olympic Games 8/05 1. Gardiner; 2. Zambrano; 3. James; 4. Cherry; 5. Norman;
6. Taylor
(44.86h, 44.59sf)
45.20 2)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. London
45.02 2)Rovereto 8/31 1. Cherry
44.83 3)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Cherry; 2. James
45.41 6)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Cherry; 2. James; 3. Lendore; 4. Norwood; 5. Bonevacia
45.15 2)Zagreb CT 9/14 1. James
7. LIEMARVIN BONEVACIA (Netherlands) (4/5/89, 5-10¾/179) (1.80/81)
(47.27i, 46.89i, 46.70i, 46.39i, 45.99i, 46.49i, 46.57i, 46.30i)
46.18 5)Ostrava CT 5/19 1. James; 2. Norwood; 3. Dobber; 4. Scotti
45.68 2)Oordegem 5/29 1. Dobber
45.77 3)Hengelo CT 6/06 1. Kerley; 2. Dobber
45.01 1)Geneva 6/12
44.99 1)Neth Ch 6/27
(46.14h)
44.80 3)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. James; 2. Lendore
45.07 8)Olympic Games 8/05 1. Gardiner; 2. Zambrano; 3. James; 4. Cherry; 5. Norman;
6. Taylor; 7. Makwala
(44.95h, 44.62sf)
44.48 1)Bern 8/21
45.41 3)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. London; 2. Makwala
45.00 4)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Cherry; 2. James; 3. Makwala
45.35 5)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Cherry; 2. James; 3. Lendore; 4. Norwood
8. DEON LENDORE (Trinidad) (10/28/92, 5-10½/165) (1.79/75)
(46.08i)
45.80 1)Prairie View R 3/27
46.27 1)Waco 4/17
45.04 3)Mt. SAC 5/09 1. Norman; 2. Cherry
45.16 3)Jacksonville 5/31 1. Cherry; 2. Robinson
45.48 1)NACAC 6/05
45.16 1h)Bah Ch 6/25
44.73 2)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. James
44.93 4sf)Olympic Games 8/02 1. James; 2. Zambrano; 3. Bonevacia
(45.14h)
45.19 3)Rovereto 8/31 1. Cherry; 2. Makwala
45.06 5)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Cherry; 2. James; 3. Makwala; 4. Bonevacia
45.31 3)Chorzów CT 9/05 1. Cherry; 2. Norwood
44.81 3)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Cherry; 2. James
9. RANDOLPH ROSS (US) (1/1/01, 6-1/184) (1.85/84)
(46.20i, 45.79i 45.21i, 45.53i, 44.99i)
45.71 2)Aggie Inv 4/10 1. Stewart
44.69 2)North Florida Inv 4/30 1. Stewart
44.60 1)MEAC 5/08
(46.21h)
43.85 1)NCAA 6/11
(44.63h, 44.86qf, 45.24sf)
44.74 3)Olympic Trials 6/20 1. Norman; 2. Cherry
(45.61h, 44.85sf)
45.67 4h)Olympic Games 8/01 1. Al-Yassin; 2. Borlee; 3. Petrucciani
10. VERNON NORWOOD (US) (4/10/92, 6-1½/170) (1.87/77)
(46.48i, 46.83i)
45.17 1)Baton Rouge 4/24
44.64 1)LSU Inv 5/01
45.28 2)Ostrava CT 5/19 1. James
44.87 5)Doha DL 5/28 1. Norman; 2. Zambrano; 3. Kerley; 4. James
44.92 5)Olympic Trials 6/20 1. Norman; 2. Cherry; 3. Ross; 4. Stewart
(45.46h, 45.12sf)
45.56 3)Lucerne 6/29 1. van Niekerk; 2. O’Donnell
44.83 4)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. James; 2. Lendore; 3. Bonevacia
45.59 5)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. London; 2. Makwala; 3. Bonevacia; 4. Warholm
45.12 2)Chorzów CT 9/05 1. Cherry
44.84 4)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Cherry; 2. James; 3. Lendore
45.31 2)Bellinzona 9/14 1. Dobber

U.S. RANKINGS
1. *Michael Norman (Nike) 6. Wil London (unattached)
1)Doha DL, 1)Olympic Trials, 5)Olympic Games 8)Olympic Trials, 5)Stockholm DL, 1)Lausanne DL
2. *Michael Cherry (Nike) 7. Trevor Stewart (North Carolina A&T)
2)Olympic Trials, 4)Olympic Games, 1)Zürich DL 2)MEAC, 4)NCAA, 4)Olympic Trials
3. *Randolph Ross (North Carolina A&T) 8. Noah Williams (LSU)
1)NCAA, 3)Olympic Trials, 4h)Olympic Games 1)SEC, 3)NCAA, 7sf)Olympic Trials
4. *Vernon Norwood (New Balance) 9. Fred Kerley (Nike)
5)Olympic Trials, 4)Stockholm DL, 4)Zürich DL 3)Doha DL, 1)Hengelo
5. Bryce Deadmon (Texas A&M 10. Elija Godwin (Georgia)
2)SEC, 2)NCAA, 7)Olympic Trials 3)SEC, 4sf)NCAA, 6)Olympic Trials

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