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.
Competition opportunities in Australia during the week were dominated by the NSW, Queensland and second weekend of the Victorian Championships. Under the World Athletics Rankings these meets are only a 'Category E' and score only nominally more Placing points than interclub meets. As a comparison, a State Title win (25 points) only garners a Placing Score equivalent to 4th in a Category D meet (such as the Melbourne Track Classic) or equivalent to 8th at a Category C meet (like the Sydney Track Classic).
5.65m pole vault win at Athletics WA interclub
A new personal best for the former New South Welshman. The Result Score for the jump is 1171 points and there's 15 points for the Placing Score added for the Category F meet.
1.92m leap in winning the NSW high jump title
With national record holder Eleanor Patterson not competing it was an easy win for the 8th ranked high jumper in the world. The Result Score for 1.92m is 1140 points and a win in the Category E meet is worth 25 points.
4.60m pole vault win at WA interclub
Consistent form from Kennedy to take the win from Elizaveta Parnova, who cleared 4.50m. The Result Score was 1145 points and there's 15 points Placing Score for the win in the Category F meet.
55.98s win in the 400m hurdles at ACT Interclub
A virtual time trial for the two-time Olympian, gaining 1142 points for the Result Score and 15 points for the Placing Score in the Category F meet.
A couple of hours up the road in Sydney, Sarah Carli took out the NSW title 56.52s (worth 1151 Performance Score (1126 + 25) to be just outside of this week's Top 5 performances), setting up a close contest for the upcoming national championships.
Win at the NSW Championships in the 110m hurdles in 13.67s
Hough beat home Nicholas Andrews and Jacob McCorry as all three went under 14 seconds (Andrews 13.81, McCorry 13.91).
The Result Score for the run was 1127 points, topped up with a Placing Score of 25 points for the 1152 point Performance Score total.
Hough is currently ranked 27th in the world (26th on a three-per-nation basis) with a Ranking Score of 1238 points. Two of his current contributing results will drop out from Olympic qualifying calculations (last year's Queensland Track Classic and Australian Championships), but the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist is in good form to replenish those points over the coming weeks.