World Power Rankings — Men

Adidas Grand Prix edition

Yesterday I gave you my women’s power rankings for the events contested at this Saturday’s Adidas Grand Prix. Here are the current men’s power rankings for the events being held there. Names in bold are slated to compete.

100 meters

1. Justin Gatlin (USA)
2. Tyson Gay (USA)
3. Mike Rodgers (USA)
4. Nesta Carter (JAM)
5. Ryan Bailey (USA)

Disabled list: Usain Bolt (JAM), Yohan Blake (JAM), Doc Patton (USA), Asafa Powell (JAM)

Gatlin has two major victories (in Doha and Beijing) to Gay’s one (in Kingston) and has run nearly as fast. Rodgers was second to Gatlin in each of those victories while Carter was second to Gay in Jamaica. This is Bailey’s first serious race of the year. A massive number of sprinters have come up hurt recently.

200 meters

1. Nickel Ashmeade (JAM)
2. Warren Weir (JAM)
3. Jason Young (JAM)
4. Tyson Gay (USA)
5. Justin Gatlin (USA)
Disabled list: Usain Bolt (JAM), Yohan Blake (JAM), Wallace Spearmon (USA)

Ashmeade beat Weir at the World Challenge meet in Kingston, and Weir won the Diamond League meet in Shanghai. Gay ran a vary fast time, albeit wind-aided, but in an obscure meet that amounted to little more than a time trial.

400 meters

1. Kirani James (GRN)
2. LaShawn Merritt (USA)
3. Luguelín Santos (DOM)
4. Kevin Borlée (BEL)
5. Jonathan Borlée (BEL)

James, Merritt and Santos finished in that order at the Diamond League opener in Doha.

800 meters

1. David Rudisha (KEN)
2. Mohamed Aman (ETH)
3. Nijel Amos (BOT)
4. Leonard Kosencha (KEN)
5. Timothy Kitum (KEN)

Rudisha toyed with Aman in Doha. The others have yet to race and are ranked on last year’s accomplishments.

3000/5000/10,000 meters

1. Galen Rupp (USA)
2. Mo Farah (GBR)
3. Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)
4. Thomas Longosiwa (KEN)
5. Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH)

I combined the three classic track distances as it’s pretty much the same group of athletes running all of them. Rupp rates ahead of Farah based on his great indoor run in Stockholm. Gebrhiwet looked like the best of the rest at the Diamond League meet in Doha.

110m Hurdles

1. David Oliver (USA)
2. Jason Richardson (USA)
3. Orlando Ortega (CUB)
4. Hansle Parchment (JAM)
5. Ryan Wilson (USA)
Disabled list: Aries Merritt (USA)

Oliver won the Diamond League hurdle opener in Shanghai and Ortega won the World Challenge meet in Puerto Rico. Richardson and Parchment rank mostly on last year’s accomplishments. Supervet Wilson just keeps on hanging in there, year after year.

400m Hurdles

1. Michael Tinsley (USA)
2. Javier Culson (PUR)
3. Johnny Dutch (USA)
4. Cornel Fredericks (RSA)

5. Félix Sánchez (DOM)

Like Merritt, Tinsley may or may not be able to go on Saturday. Either way, this is probably the deepest men’s event in the meet. Culson has been consistent but hasn’t won anything of note. Dutch had a poor 2012 but beat Culson at the World Challenge meet in Puerto Rico. Sánchez rates in the top five solely from his successful 2012 season.

Triple jump

1. Daniele Greco (ITA)
2. Christian Taylor (USA)
3. Will Claye (USA)
4. Fabrizio Donato (ITA)
5. Ernesto Revé (CUB)

Greco had a good indoor campaign, topped by a European Championships gold. Taylor won the Diamond League meet in Doha with a modest distance off a short approach, indicating that he’s capable of a lot more. Claye and Donato are ranked off their 2012 seasons. Revé is a new star out of Cuba who hasn’t yet faced top competition.

Shot put

1. Ryan Whiting (USA)
2. Reese Hoffa (USA)
3. Justin Rodhe (CAN)

4. Germán Lauro (ARG)
5. Ryan Crouser (USA)

Whiting and Hoffa are clearly 1-2 in the world right now. They have met five times this year and Whiting won four. Whiting’s big 22.28m (73′ 1¼”) throw in Doha is, in my estimation, the single outstanding mark so far in the 2013 season. Rodhe is third on the world list and twice finished third to Hoffa and Whiting. Crouser is the lone US collegian in these men’s rankings.

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