Article based on 16 April 2019 release of IAAF Rankings. Read the intro to this piece here.
International athletes have been excluded from Nationals results presented (unless they are Edward Nketia in the hope that he chooses to represent Australia rather than his native New Zealand, which is looking less likely).
|1||Edward Nketia*||10.22||1||Jake Hale||1194p|
|2||Rohan Browning||10.28||2||Edward Nketia||1150p|
|3||Jack Hale||10.34||3||Jake Doran||1141p|
|4||Trae Williams||10.35||4||Alexander Hartmann||1111p|
|5||Jake Doran||10.40||5||Trae Williams||1110p|
Where's Rohan Browning on the IAAF Rankings?
Despite being the fastest Australian during the domestic season with his 10.08 second clocking, Browning doesn't have an IAAF Ranking currently in the 100m.
Why? The IAAF Rankings require five performances within a discipline in a 12 month period. Browning only has four 100m performances to his name (Queensland Track Classic and the three rounds of Nationals).
|1||Naa Anang||11.32||1||Naa Anang||1122p|
|2||Maddison Coates||11.52||2||Maddison Coates||1107p|
|3||Riley Day||11.63||3||Nana Adoma Owusu-Afriye||1095p|
|4||Nana Adoma Owusu-Afriye||11.70||4||Celeste Mucci||1090p|
|5||Kristie Edwards||11.76||5||Brittany Burkitt||1088p|
Long jumper Naa Anang was the breakthrough performer of the season, taking top honours on both lists.
|1||Alexander Hartmann||20.68||1||Alexander Hartmann||1170p|
|2||Jake Doran||20.76||2||Jake Doran||1124p|
|3||Abdoulie Asim||20.87||3||Zane Branco||1096p|
|4||Jack Hale||20.93||4||Russel Nasir Taib||1086p|
|5||Zane Branco||21.07||5||Jack Hale||1072p|
Alex Hartmann won his fifth consecutive national title and is also a clear leader in the IAAF Rankings.
|1||Maddison Coates||23.50||1||Nana Adoma Owusu-Afriye||1121p|
|2||Nana Adoma Owusu-Afriye||23.64||2||Larissa Pasternatsky||1093p|
|3||Kristie Edwards||23.87||3||Kristie Edwards||1068p|
|4||Ella Connolly||23.98||4||Lauren Wells||1060p|
|5||Larissa Pasternatsky||24.03||5||Riley Day||1059p|
With less than five 200m performances to her name national champion Maddison Coates doesn't have an IAAF World Ranking. In the IAAF World Rankings the week prior, which still included Commonwealth Games performances from April 2018, the Victorian had a score of 1114 points.
400m hurdler Lauren Wells is an interesting entrant in this event, following a number of runs over the distance in Canberra, including her personal best of 23.35 seconds.
|1||Steve Solomon||45.99||1||Steve Solomon||1143p|
|2||Alex Beck||46.31||2||Alex Beck||1130p|
|3||Tyler Gunn||46.62||3||Ian Halpin||1103p|
|4||Murray Goodwin||46.70||4||Tyler Gunn||1099p|
|5||Michael Beltrame||46.92||5||Murray Goodwin||1087p|
With performances from the last European season (although discounted for being more than 9 months old) and victory in the Australian Championships, Steve Solomon tops the IAAF Rankings lists despite not racing for much of the Australian domestic season.
|1||Bendere Oboya||52.00||1||Anneliese Rubie-Renshaw||1153p|
|2||Caitlin Jones||53.20||2||Angeline Blackburn||1112p*|
|3||Angeline Blackburn||53.26||3||Bendere Oboya||1111p*|
|4||Rebecca Bennett||53.81||4||Ellie Beer||1109p
|5||Jess Stafford||53.90||5||Caitlin Jones||1102p*|
Anneliese Rubie-Renshaw missed the Nationals but tops the IAAF Rankings with performances from last European summer as well as this domestic season.
*Worryingly, given that the IAAF Rankings will be used for qualification for half the field for next year's Olympic Games, the Nationals performances are missing for the 400m women. Hopefully they will be corrected soon (we've advised the IAAF of their oversight), which will see Bendere Oboya move to number two ranked Australian. From our calculations her ranking score should be 1138 points.
Men's 110m hurdles
|1||Nicholas Hough||13.55||1||Nicholas Hough||1182p|
|2||Nicholas Andrews||13.91||2||Nicholas Andrews||1142p|
|3||Ivor Metcalf||14.41||3||Jacob McCorry||1109p|
|4||Ben Khongbut||14.63||4||Ivor Metcalf||992p|
|5||Jacob McCorry||14.65||5||Noah Rogers||962p|
Women's 100m hurdles
|1||Celeste Mucci||13.09||1||Michelle Jenneke||1185p|
|2||Brianna Beahan||13.11||2||Celeste Mucci||1166p|
|3||Michelle Jenneke||13.12||3||Brianna Beahan||1159p|
|4||Abbie Taddeo||13.27||4||Abbie Taddeo||1128p|
|5||Hannah Jones||13.61||5||Hannah Jones||1116p|
Obviously missing from both lists is Sally Pearson, who has only raced once (the heats of the Nationals, in 12.88s) and doesn't have an IAAF World Ranking. It's largely academic, as the automatic entry standard for the Olympics is 12.84 seconds.
It's very close between the next three best hurdles, as the Australian Championships results show. Highlighting the value of performances at top competitions, consider the composition of Michelle Jenneke's and Celeste Mucci's IAAF Rankings scores. In particular, look at the very similar performances of:
- 13.50s at the Continental Cup for Jenneke (her third highest score, worth 1183 points in total with an 8th place finish); against
- Mucci's 13.53s at a local Athletics Victoria meet (her fifth highest score, worth 1110 points in total with the win).
The difference in these scores accounts for 18 of the overall 19 point gap between the two in the IAAF Rankings.
Men's 400m hurdles
|1||Ian Dewhurst||50.29||1||Ian Dewhurst||1148p|
|2||Luke Major||51.15||2||Luke Major||1093p|
|3||Bryce Collins||51.61||3||Bryce Collins||1069p|
|4||Matthew Fisher||51.87||4||Matthew Fisher||1051p|
|5||Connor Fry||51.94||5||Connor Fry||1048p|
An exact match for the top five in the Nationals and IAAF Rankings! You may have noticed in none of the earlier events were all the national medalists even in the same order on the IAAF Rankings... showing that it all comes down to what one can do when the rubber hits the road.
Women's 400m hurdles
|1||Lauren Wells||54.87||1||Lauren Wells||1200p|
|2||Sarah Carli||56.08||2||Sarah Carli||1175p|
|3||Sara Klein||56.19||3||Sara Klein||1153p|
|4||Genevieve Cowie||57.29||4||Genevieve Cowie||1113p|
|5||Alanah Yukich||58.40||5||Alanah Yukich||1089p|
An exact match again between the two measures.
Images by Casey Sims