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    IAAF Rankings Redux
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    World Rankings are currently (as of June 11, 2019) about as transparent and intuitive as the new IAAF name and logo.
    Michael Norman remains a poster boy for the quirks of the system.
    He is now ranked 3rd at 200m behind Guliyev (a great 200m specialist but one who was beaten handily by Norman and Lyles 10 days ago).
    And in the 400m Norman (World Leader and = 6th best All Time) is not rated among the top 100.
    It continues to be a strange system, heavily weighted to a lame algorithm and evaluating current fitness on performances from a year ago.
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    You could say pretty much the same thing of any sport that has rankings. Naomi Osaka is the current WTA no. 1 despite having lost in the round of 32 in the latest major, while Marketa Vondrousova made the final there and is currently no. 16.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...
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    There's no practical consequence of the rankings except to qualify athletes for Worlds and Olympics. That's obviously not an issue for Michael Norman, who is easily to going to meet the auto standard.

    The purpose and effect of the rankings is to make it easier for European federations to fill the back half of event fields with their own athletes to the disfavor of Americans.

    Once this fact is grasped, there is nothing "strange" about the various components of the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jc203 View Post
    It continues to be a strange system, heavily weighted to a lame algorithm and evaluating current fitness on performances from a year ago.
    Quote Originally Posted by player View Post
    The purpose and effect of the rankings is to make it easier for European federations to fill the back half of event fields with their own athletes to the disfavor of Americans.
    I find great wisdom in both these observations.
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    Almost every event will have at least 3 Americans who meet the qualifying standard or place high enough in the world rankings, so it's not going to reduce the size of the American team by much.

    The main difference it will make to the American roster is who gets chosen for the team. In some events it will be necessary to go to the 6th or 7th placer at the trials to fill the 3rd spot for the event, and a few of the trials winners are likely to be left off the team.
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    If true...not going to make for a terribly interesting Trials....
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    Otoh...if people need times that could liven things up a bit....
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    I hate the idea of chasing times when you are able to beat all of your opponents, but this system is even worse than chasing times.
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    What is it, five competitions needed to rank properly for most events? I think that's alright, as far as sport rankings go that's on the very low end of things. Most compete a lot more than that. Golf ranks 52 and tennis 18 events or so. T&F needs to find away to get their big names out on the circuits, there are probably different ways to go about but this is one way.

    However, yes obviously they need to rank some competitions like the NCAA a lot better than what currently is the case, probably why it's still in its unofficial state at this point. But for those not competing whatsoever(barring injuries, ofc) I feel no sympathy for not ranking well, I like that those competing on the highest GP circuit will be favored over those who don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trackk View Post
    T&F needs to find away to get their big names out on the circuits
    While I love it when DLs can fill out their fields with high rankers, and most athletes are trying to make a living, so they show up when invited, one size does not fit all. If you are a proven commodity and want to stay home and train, there must be a way to allow that. If it's it with a single mark or last year's ranking, I'm OK with that. There's always a couple of stars, Murofushi in 2012 springs to mind, that were invisible of the circuit, yet medalled when it counted.
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