World Power Rankings: Men’s Jumps

Continuing with our roundup of ranking the top athletes that began with the men’s sprints and hurdles

High Jump

1. Ivan Ukhov (RUS)
2. Andrey Silnov (RUS)
3. Robert Grabarz (GBR)
4. Jesse Williams (USA)
5. Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
also watch: Trevor Barry (BAH), Derek Drouin (CAN), Erik Kynard (USA), Jamie Nieto (USA), Aleksandr Shustov (RUS)

Ukhov won the Russian Championships in a major showdown with Silnov, one that had both still in the competition at the insane height of 2.41 meters (7′ 10¾”). Grabarz won the European Championships and was second at the New York Diamond League meet. Williams, the defending World Champion, won the New York affair but otherwise has done little to suggest he could again win a gold medal.

Pole Vault

1. Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
2. Björn Otto (GER)
3. Raphael Holzdeppe (GER)
4. Malte Mohr (GER)
5. Brad Walker (USA)
also watch: Karsten Dilla (GER), Konstadínos Filippídis (GRE), Steven Lewis (GBR), Lukasz Michalski (POL), Dmitry Starodubtsev (RUS)

Lavillenie has been basically unstoppable this year, winning the World Indoors, the European Championships, and all three of his Diamond League meets. Otto has won very little but is consistent. Walker is the USA’s lone hope to make an impact at the Olympics.

Long Jump

1. Greg Rutherford (GBR)
2. Sebastian Bayer (GER)
3. Aleksandr Menkov (RUS)
4. Mitchell Watt (AUS)
5. Henry Frayne (AUS)
also watch: Will Claye (USA), Marquise Goodwin (USA), Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (RSA), Chris Tomlinson (GBR), Michel Tornéus (SWE)

The long jump is jumbled this year with no strong favorites. Rutherford finished 8th at the Madrid World Challenge meet yesterday, which was won by Watt, but has two wins over good fields in Rome and Rabat. Bayer won the European Championships, Menkov the Russian Championships.

Triple Jump

1. Christian Taylor (USA)
2. Will Claye (USA)
3. Phillips Idowu (GBR)
4. Lyukman Adams (RUS)
5. Fabrizio Donato (ITA)
also watch: Benjamin Compaoré (FRA), Alexis Copello (CUB), Bin Dong (CHN), Daniele Greco (ITA), Leevan Sands (BAH)

Americans Taylor and Claye are head and shoulders above the rest. The top three spots finished in that order at the Prefontaine Classic. Adams won the Russian Championships and the Oslo Diamond League meet, and Donato won the European Championships.

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