Using the method behind the World Athletics Rankings, we’ve ranked the top Aussie performances for the week ending 1 March 2020.
The World Athletics Rankings are based on a point score that is the combination of the quality of a result (using the IAAF Scoring Tables) and the placing obtained in various categories of meets.
Australian record of 1.99m in the high jump in winning the Capital Classic in Wellington, New Zealand
After a string of 1.96m performance the national record finally came Eleanor Patterson's way, marking the high point of the comeback to top class competition for the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion.
Her coach, Alex Stewart, now lays claim to both the women's and men's national holders being in his group, following Brandon Starc equaling Tim Forsyth's 2.36m national record in 2018.
The performance was yet another Olympic qualifier, and from a World Athletics Rankings perspective garners a total of 1269 points, comprised of a Result Score of 1209 points and Placing Score of 60 points for the win in the Category C meet.
Second place in the high jump at the Capital Classic in 1.96m
Consistent form from McDermott, creating a competitive atmosphere that pushed Patterson to the national record.
1.96m is worth 1180 points for the Result Score and second place worth 50 points for the Placing Score, equaling McDermott's best domestic season Performance Score of 1230 points.
Interestingly, none of McDermott's domestic season performances contribute to her World Athletics Ranking Score of 1265 points, which sees her ranked 8th in the world. Patterson is currently ranked 18th.
McDermott's World Athletics Rankings contributing performances:
1st in the discus at the Capital Classic with a throw of 65.47m
A personal best nonetheless, after a series of quality 60m + performances this season.
The Queenslander is ranked 8th in the world, although this performance doesn't contribute to his current World Ranking Score of 1278 points (being worth 1161 points for the Result and 60 points for the Place = 1221 points, while his lowest contributing score is 1250 points).
First in the indoor mile in 3:55.41 at the Boston Last Chance Meet
The NSW Central Coast native, currently based at the University of Oregon, took advantage of his good form on the fast Boston indoor track, gaining 1190 points for the Result Score, topped up with 15 points for the win in the Category F meet.
A win in the high jump in 2.26m at the Capital Classic
A relatively tame performance from the joint national record holder, whose PB is 10cm higher,but still worthy of a Result Score of 1143 points and Result Score of 60 points.
Check out other top results from the week in our Weekly Results Wrap
Check out previous performances of the week