Bolt, Thompson top IAAF Olympic rankings

July 15, 2016
Elaine Thompson

Jamaica's 59 - member track and field team to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil boasts several highly-ranked athletes on the latest International Association of Athletics Federations world rankings with sprint stars Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson holding the number one spots in the men's 200m and women's 100m respectively.

The lists ranks individual events to be conducted at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, covering the applicable qualifying periods for each event.

Bolt's 19.55 seconds, which was recorded on his way to winning gold at the World Championships in Beijing last year, makes him the top athlete in the event going to the Olympics.

He is followed in the list by Americans Justin Gatlin, (19.57) and LaShawn Merritt (19.74).

Commonwealth champion Rasheed Dwyer will not be making the trip but he is the next best ranked Jamaican in the event with his 19.80 placing him in fourth place.

Gatlin flips the script in the 100m with his 9.74 bettering number two-ranked Bolt (9.79) with Asafa Powell, who finished fourth at the National Championships holding third position here with his 9.81. Nickel Ashmeade (10th with 9.91) and Kemar Bailey-Cole (11th with 9.92) are the other top-ranked Jamaicans on the list.

Thompson's national title-winning time of 10.70 makes her the top-ranked woman in the 100m over countrywoman and training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce - the defending Olympic champion, who comes in second with 10.74. Veronica Campbell-Brown ranks ninth with 10.83.

In the women's 200m, Thompson (21.66) and Campbell-Brown (21.97) rank second and third behind world champion Dafne Schippers from the Netherlands (21.63).

Gold medal hopeful in the 110m hurdles Omar McLeod (12.97) ranks second in the event behind Cuban-turned-Spanish Orlando Ortega (12.94) with American David Oliver, (12.98), who did not qualify to represent his country, sitting at number three.

London 2012 bronze medal winner Hansle Parchment (13.03) is ranked fifth with his Rio-bound training partner Deuce Carter (13.20) ranking 15th. Andrew Riley (13.28) ranks 22nd.

Shericka Jackson who finished third at the World Championships leads all Jamaicans in the women 400m in eighth place with 49.99. She's followed by Stephenie-Ann McPherson (50.04) one spot behind her and Christine Day (50.14) another spot below.

World Championships bronze medallist O'Dayne Richards (22.69m) ranks fifth in the men's shot put behind American Joe Kovacs, David Storl (Germany), Ryan Crouser (USA) and Tom Walsh (New Zealand).

World Champs finalists Fedrick Dacres comes in at fifth with his 68.02m

National record holder Rusheen McDonald (43.93) is the sixth - best on the men's 400m list, which is headed by South African Wayde van Niekerk (43.48). Javon Francis (44.50) is ranked 16th.

Annsert Whyte (16th) with a time of 48.66 is the highest ranked Jamaican in the men's 400m hurdles at 16th

Janeive Russell holds the number four spot in the women's 400m hurdles with 53.96 with Shanieka Thomas, in 10th with 14.57m coming ahead of Kimberly Williams (12th with 14.56m) in the women's triple jump.

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