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10 Australians ranked in Top 10 in world; Buschkuehl leads Top Lists

Ten Australians have finished 2022 ranked within the Top 10 in the world according to the World Athletics Rankings.

The World Athletics Rankings, based on an average of performances that take into account the overall quality of performance and the placing achieved in different standard competitions, are now embedded in the selection process for world championships and Olympic Games, with approximately half of the field in each event selected based on the rankings, with the other half requiring tough qualifying performances.

They are also an objective measure of performance, compared to the subjectivity of some other merit based end of year lists.

World Champion high jumper Eleanor Patterson and javlelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Barber are the top Australians, ranked second in their events, along with pole vault world championship medallist Nina Kennedy. Behind them, Nicole Olyslagers and Mackenzie Little each share fourth spot in the high jump and javelin respectively, for the only events where Australia has two athletes ranked in the top 10.

Jemima Montag is ranked 3rd in the 20km walk, with Rebecca Henderson 15th.

In the men’s 1500m, Ollie Hoare finished the year ranked 5th, while Stewart McSweyn was 11th.

Discus thrower Matt Denny was ranked 6th come year end.

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Brooke Buschkuehl was 9th in the long jump, but her 7.13m leap just prior to the World Championships was the longest jump in the world in 2022. Other Australians with individual top 10 performances were Eleanor Patterson (2.02m, 2nd), Kelsey-Lee Barber (66.91m, 2nd), Jemima Montag (1:27:27, 4th), Nina Kennedy (4.81m, 5th), Ollie Hoare (3:30.12, 5th), Stewart McSweyn (3:30.18, 6th; and 12:56.50, 10th), Nicole Olyslagers (1.96m, =9th), Mackenzie Little (64.27m, 9th) and Peter Bol (1:44.00, 9th).

Looking at athletes in the Top 20 for World Rankings, a further six Australians are listed. The women’s event where Australia has the most depth is clearly the 1500m, with Jessica Hull ranked 10th, Georgia Griffith 14th, Linden Hall 16th and Abbey Caldwell 26th. On the men’s side, the Decathlon sees Cedric Dubler 8th, Daniel Golubovic 13th and Olympic medallist Ash Moloney 15th.

Long Jumpers Chris Mitrevski (11th) and Henry Frayne (13th) also scored top 20 rankings, along with Catriona Bisset (13th, 800m), Peter Bol (14th, 800m), Kurtis Marschall (16th, Pole Vault), Declan Tingay (11th, 20km Walk) and Joel Baden (20th, High Jump).

Interestingly, new Australian marathon record holder Sinead Diver finished the year only the third ranked Australian marathoner at 98th in the world (with 12th places in the Valencia Marathon and London Marathon in times of 2:21:34 and 2:27:16). On the World Rankings, Jessica Stenson was 89th (with her Commonwealth Games victory in 2:27:31 and 9th at the New York Marathon in 2:27:27), while Eloise Wellings was 92nd (with 6th in Nagoya in 2:25:10 and 4th at the Commonwealth Games in 2:30:51).

New Australian men’s marathon record holder, Brett Robinson, was 86th in the world, based on his 2:07:31 fourth place in Fukuoka and 2:09:52 for eighth in the London Marathon.

Top Ranked Australian in each event

Based on World Athletics Rankings at 27 December 2022.

100mBree Masters60
100mJake Doran36
200mElla Connolly36
200mAidan Murphy30
400mJessica Thornton144
400mAlex Beck43
800mCatriona Bisset13
800mPeter Bol14
1500mJessica Hull10
1500mOllie Hoare5
5000mRose Davies37
5000mJack Rayner34
10000mRose Davies40
10000mJack Rayner41
100m hurdlesLiz Clay21
110m hurdlesNick Hough25
400m hurdlesSarah Carli22
400m hurdlesConor Fry124
3000m steeplechaseAmy Cashin25
3000m steeplechaseBen Buckingham53
Long JumpBrooke Buschkuehl9
Long JumpChristopher Mitrevski11
Triple JumpDesleigh Owusu64
Triple JumpAyo Ore45
High JumpEleanor Patterson2
High JumpJoel Baden20
Pole VaultNina Kennedy2
Pole VaultKurtis Marschall16
Shot PutLyvante Su’emai118
Shot PutDamien Birkinhead78
DiscusTaryn Gollshewsky31
DiscusMatt Denny6
HammerAlexandra Hulley30
HammerNed Weatherly76
JavelinKelsey-Lee Barber2
JavelinCameron McEntyre21
HeptathlonTenielle Crase22
DecathlonCedric Dubler8
MarathonJessica Stenson89
MarathonBrett Robinson86
20km WalkJemima Montag3
20km WalkDeclan Tingay11
35km WalkKelly Ruddick35
35km WalkRhydian Cowley21

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