Analyzing The 2019 T&FN Rankings

Emma Coburn ran her record streak of U.S. No. 1s in the steeplechase to 9 years. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

IN THE PAGES THAT FOLLOW you’ll find all kinds of facts & figures relating to each of the individual Rankings events. Here’s some overall stats to whet your appetite:

The World Rankings Defenders
No. 1 defenders repeated at the same overall rate as they did last year, 16 of 44. This year it was 8 for each sex, compared to last year’s 6/10 division. The longest streaks for each sex were broken: 5 for Eliud Kipchoge in the marathon; 7 years by discus thrower Sandra Perković. Kipchoge has been replaced by triple jumper Christian Taylor at 6, Perković by hurdler Keni Harrison at 4.

The 8 world men’s repeaters (number in parentheses is streak if more than 2): Christian Coleman 100, Noah Lyles 200, Timothy Cheruiyot 1500, Selemon Barega 5000, Joshua Cheptegei 10,000, Sam Kendricks PV (3), Juan Miguel Echevarría LJ, Christian Taylor TJ (6).

The 8 world women’s repeaters: Shaunae Miller-Uibo 200 (3), Salwa Eid Naser 400, Beatrice Chepkoech steeple (3), Hellen Obiri 5000 (3), Keni Harrison 100H (4), Mariya Lasitskene HJ (3), Malaika Mihambo LJ, Lijiao Gong SP (3).

The U.S. Rankings Defenders
Successful-defense U.S. men dropped from 11 to 10 over ’18, with the women rising from 9 to 11. The longest men’s streak is now at 10 years—the TJ for Christian Taylor. On the women’s side it’s 9 for Emma Coburn.

The 10 U.S. men’s repeaters: Noah Lyles 200 (3), Fred Kerley 400 (3), Paul Chelimo 5000 (4), Shadrack Kipchirchir 10K, Nick Christie 20W, Jeron Robinson HJ, Sam Kendricks PV (5), Jeff Henderson LJ, Christian Taylor TJ (10), Ryan Crouser SP (4).

The 11 U.S. women’s repeaters: Ajee’ Wilson 800 (3), Shelby Houlihan 1500, Emma Coburn steeple (9), Molly Huddle 10,000, Keni Harrison 100H (4), Vashti Cunningham HJ (3), Sandi Morris PV (4), Keturah Orji TJ (4), Valarie Allman DT, DeAnna Price HT, Kara Winger JT (3).

The World Doublers
Scoring in 1 event is tough; scoring in 2 is tougher, but no fewer than 26 pointed up twice (compared to just 14 last year). That includes the even tougher chore of scoring in 3 events, which Sifan Hassan pulled off in the 1500/5000/10,000.

The 11 world men’s doublers:
100/200—Christian Coleman (1/8), Noah Lyles (2/1), Andre De Grasse (5/2), Aaron Brown (10/5)
200/400—Michael Norman (6/3)
1500/5000—Jakob Ingebrigtsen (2/9)
5000/10,000—Selemon Barega (1/5), Joshua Cheptegei (4/1), Hagos Gebrhiwet (5/7), Moh Ahmed (8/9)
20W/50W—Masatora Kawano (9/10)

The 16 world women’s doublers:
100/200—Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (1/9), Dina Asher-Smith (2/2), Elaine Thompson (3/3), Blessing Okagbare (5/5), Dafne Schippers (7/4)
200/400—Shaunae Miller-Uibo (1/2)
1500/5000—Sifan Hassan (1/2), Konstanze Klosterhalfen (7/3)
1500/10,000—Hassan (1/1)
5000/10,000—Hellen Obiri (1/5), Hassan (2/1), Agnes Tirop (5/3), Letesenbet Gidey (6/2), Tsehay Gemechu (7/9)
20W/50W—Hong Liu (1/4)
LJ/Hept—Katarina Johnson-Thompson (8/1)

The U.S. Doublers
Doubling is traditionally a lot easier at the national level than it is at the international, and such was the case in ’19, as there were 39 such scorers (a massive leap over ’18’s 26).

The 18 U.S. men’s doublers:
100/200—Christian Coleman (1/3), Noah Lyles (2/1), Cravon Gillespie (5/4), Matthew Boling (8/9)
200/400—Michael Norman (2/2), Fred Kerley (10/1)
800/1500—Brannon Kidder (6/9), Craig Engels (7/1)
1500/5000—Matthew Centrowitz (2/9)
Steeple/5000—Hillary Bor (1/8)
5000/10,000—Paul Chelimo (1/4), Lopez Lomong (2/1), Ben True (5/6)
20W/50W—Pablo Gomez (8/2), Ian Whatley (9/4)
HJ/LJ—JuVaughn Harrison (3/5)
LJ/TJ—Will Claye (3/2)
SP/DT—Payton Otterdahl (4/8)

The 21 U.S. women’s doublers:
100/200—Teahna Daniels (1/4), Sha’Carri Richardson (2/5), Dezerea Bryant (5/3), Jenna Prandini (7/7)
400/400H—Sydney McLaughlin (7/2), Dalilah Muhammad (9/1)
800/1500—Kate Grace (5/4)
1500/St—Colleen Quigley (4/3)
1500/5000—Shelby Houlihan (1/3), Jenny Simpson (2/8), Rachel Schneider (7/4), Elinor Purrier (8/2)
St/10,000—Allie Ostrander (4/10)
5000/10,000—Marielle Hall (5/3), Molly Huddle (10/1)
20W/50W—Robyn Stevens (1/1), Katie Burnett (4/3), Lydia McGranahan (10/4)
HJ/Hept—Erica Bougard (9/1)
LJ/TJ—Keturah Orji (4/1)
SP/HT—Maggie Ewen (2/4) ◻︎

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