J'cans rank high in athletics 'bible'

February 08, 2016
@Normal:MVP Track Club's Elaine Thompson powering to victory in her heat of the women's 60 metres at teh 2016 Queen's-Grace Jackson track and field meet at the National Stadium.

Aside from Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, several other Jamaicans were named in the annual top ten world rankings published by the respected US publication Track and Field News.

Elaine Thompson had the highest ranking with a lofty number - third position in the 200 metres.

Thompson, second to top-ranked Dutchman Dafne Schippers in the World Championships 200, was also behind Allyson Felix in the rankings after placing third in the Brussels Diamond League race. She was also number 10 in the 100.

The redoubtable Veronica Campbell-Brown appears at number five in the 100 rankings and six in the 200.

O'Dayne Richards, Asafa Powell, Stephenie McPherson, and Kaliese Spencer are listed at number four in the shot put, men's 100, the women's 400 metre and the 400 metre hurdles, respectively.

World bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills are ranked at number eight and nine, respectively.

Janieve Russell, who was fifth in the World 400 metre hurdles final, takes ranking spot number eight.


The other Jamaicans to appear in the rankings are sprint hurdlers Danielle Williams, Hansle Parchment and Omar McLeod, and sprinters Nickel Ashmeade and Rasheed Dwyer.


It was a similar story for Parchment, who took the silver medal in the 110 hurdles in Beijing. The tall Jamaican and compatriot McLeod, sixth at the Worlds, also missed much of the European circuit. They took the seventh and 10th ranking spots.

Ashmeade and Dwyer join Bolt in the 200 metre top ten in the number nine and 10 spots, respectively.

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