An international panel of experts assesses athletes’ form in 2014 to create rankings based on merit

Athletics International has once again collaborated with Athletics Weekly to produce an annual review including 2014 world top-10 merit rankings.

The full annual review can be found in the 116-page December 18 special double issue of AW, but we have also included the top three in each international men’s event below.

A panel led by statistician Peter Matthews and former AW editor Mel Watman assessed the year’s records of the leading contenders and the ranking order was determined by consensus.

Among the factors considered were athletes’ placings in significant competitions. In 2014 there was no World Championships, and the Diamond League and World Challenge meetings were mixed in with continental championships.

As ever the panel was concerned with the quality of athletes’ best marks, their consistency, and win-loss records against other ranked competitors. Marks made indoors were not considered (apart from when part of outdoor meetings, such as the Zürich shot or events moved indoors due to the weather), nor were any athletes who were suspended for two years during the year for drug-related offences.

Below are the top three in each men’s event. The women’s international rankings can be found here. The full top-10 list for every event, including the details of the athletes’ seasons, appear in our double-issue December 18 stats special, which is available to buy and read digitally here.

1 Justin Gatlin (USA)
2 Mike Rodgers (USA)
3 Kemar Bailey-Cole (JAM)

1 Justin Gatlin (USA)
2 Alonso Edward (PAN)
3 Nickel Ashmeade (JAM)

1 Kirani James (GRN)
2 LaShawn Merritt (USA)
3 Isaac Makwala (BOT)

1 Nijel Amos (BOT)
2 Mohamed Aman (ETH)
3 David Rudisha (KEN)

1 Silas Kiplagat (KEN)
2 Ayanleh Souleiman (DJI)
3 Asbel Kiprop (KEN)

1 Caleb Ndiku (KEN)
2 Yenew Alamirew (ETH)
3 Muktar Edris (ETH)

1 Galen Rupp (USA)
2 Paul Tanui (KEN)
3 Bidan Karoki (KEN)

1 Dennis Kimetto (KEN)
2= Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)
2= Wilson Kipsang (KEN)

3000m steeplechase
1 Jarius Birech (KEN)
2 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA)
3 Evan Jager (USA)

110m hurdles
1 Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA)
2 Sergey Shubenkov (RUS)
3 Orlando Ortega (CUB)

400m hurdles
1 Javier Culson (PUR)
2 Cornel Fredericks (RSA)
3 Michael Tinsley (USA)

High jump
1 Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR)
2 Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
3 Ivan Ukhov (RUS)

Pole vault
1 Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
2 Konstadinos Filippidis (GRE)
3 Mark Hollis (USA)

Long jump
1 Jeffrey henderson (USA)
2 Greg Rutherford (GBR)
3 Li Junzhe (CHN)

Triple jump
1 Benjamin Compaoré (FRA)
2 Will Claye (USA)
3 Christian Taylor (USA)

1 David Storl (GER)
2 Reese Hoffa (USA)
3 Joe Kovacs (USA)

1 Robert Harting (GER)
2 Piotr Malachowski (POL)
3 Gerd Kanter (EST)

1 Krisztián Pars (HUN)
2 Pawel Fajdek (POL)
3 Dilshod Nazarov (TJK)

1 Tero Pitkämäki (FIN)
2 Ihab Abdelrahman (EGY)
3 Thomas Röhler (GER)

1 Trey Hardee (USA)
2 Andrey Kravchenko (BLR)
3 Kevin Mayer (FRA)

20km walk
1 Ruslan Dmytrenko (UKR)
2 Yusuke Suzuki (JPN)
3 Miguel Ángel López (ESP)

50km walk
1 Yohann Diniz (FRA)
2 Matej Tóth (SVK)
3 Mikhail Ryzhov (RUS)

» For the full top-10 list for every event, including details of athletes’ seasons, see the double-issue December 18 stats special Athletics Weekly, which is available to order here or read digitally here

» Peter Matthews and Mel Watman are Joint Editors of Athletics International. For more information on receiving the Athletics International newsletter email [email protected]