World Power Rankings: Women’s Distance

Continuing with our roundup of ranking the top athletes, here we are with the women’s track distance events.

Click to see women’s throwsmen’s distancewomen’s sprints and hurdlesmen’s sprints and hurdlesmen’s jumps, and men’s throws.

800 meters

1. Pamela Jelimo (KEN)
2. Fantu Magiso (ETH)
3. Mariya Savinova (RUS)
4. Elena Arzhakova (RUS)
5. Elena Kofanova (RUS)
also watch: Molly Beckwith (USA), Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei (KEN), Alysia Johnson Montano (USA), Francine Niyonsaba (BDI), Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS)

Jelimo appears to be back on her championship form of four years ago. Magiso is the rising star in this event. The Russians have run fast times at home but have avoided the international circuit.

1500 meters

1. Abeba Arigawe (ETH)
2. Genzebe Dibaba (ETH)
3. Mariem Alaoui Selsouli (MAR)
4. Asli Çakir Alptekin (TUR)
5. Hellen Onsando Obiri (KEN)
also watch: Ekaterina Kostetskaya (RUS), Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BRN), Anna Mishchenko (UKR), Jennifer Simpson (USA), Morgan Uceny (USA)

World leader Arigawe is the new star in this event, with the world’s leading time and two Diamond League wins, but finished third in Paris two weeks ago. Dibaba is the world indoor champion and beat Arigawe in the Diamond League opener in Shanghai. Selsouli and Alptekin, first and second in Paris and second and third at the World Indoor Championships, have both served two-year doping bans. Uceny and Simpson appear on the watch list almost totally based on repuatation and last year’s results, but not this year’s accomplishments.


1. Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN)
2. Yuliya Zaripova (RUS)
3. Habiba Ghribi (TUN)
4. Sofia Assefa (ETH)
5. Hiwot Ayalew (ETH)
also watch: Zemzem Ahmed (ETH), Lydiah Chepkurui (KEN), Gulnara Galkina (RUS), Gülcan Mingir (TUR), Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge (KEN)

While Kenyan men dominate this event, Kenyan women have never won gold at an Olympics or Worlds. Chemos has three wins on the Diamond League circuit, and no one else has more than one. Zaripova, the defending World Champion, has done little besides winning the Russian Championships. Ghribi, last year’s silver medalist, won the Paris Diamond League race. Assefa and Ayalew have only one major win between them, but have consistently run fast.

5000 meters

1. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (KEN)
2. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
3. Meseret Defar (ETH)
4. Mariem Alaoui Selsouli (MAR)
5. Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego (KEN)
also watch: Gelete Burka (ETH), Mercy Cherono (KEN), Viola Jelagat Kibiwot (KEN), Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet (KEN), Werknesh Kidane (ETH)

Cheruiyot has three major wins to her name, namely the Diamond League meets in Rome and Paris plus the Kenyan Olympic Trials. Dibaba has just one, the Diamone League meet in New York. Selsouli won in Eugene and Rabat. Defar and Kipyego have no major wins but have consistently run fast.

10,000 meters

1. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (KEN)
2. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
3. Joyce Chepkirui (KEN)
4. Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego (KEN)
5. Linet Masai (KEN)
also watch: Gladys Cherono (KEN), Werknesh Kidane (ETH), Florence Jebet Kiplagat (KEN), Hitomi Niiya (JPN), Beleynesh Oljira (ETH)

Cheruiyot won two of the three major 10ks this year, the Kenyan Championships and the World’s Best 10k road race in Puerto Rico. Dibaba won the other major race, the Prefontaine Classic. Niiya carries hopes for the entire rest of the world to break up the east African contingent at the Olympics.

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