A peep into the IAAF’s ranking system

IAAF has put up a world ranking testing and review site in partnership with Elite Ltd (All Athletics), which is now its official statistics provider.

Every performance by an athlete in an international or national competition will be translated into a score, based on the IAAF scoring table, and competitions and the performance there will also be graded. (Representational Image)   -  Twitter @iaaforg

The world athletics body IAAF is yet to officially release its new world ranking system, which it will mainly use to pick athletes for next year’s Doha Worlds and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but it has offered a peep into how it could work.

It has put up a world ranking testing and review site in partnership with Elite Ltd (All Athletics), which is now its official statistics provider.

Every performance by an athlete in an international or national competition will be translated into a score, based on the IAAF scoring table, and competitions and the performance there will also be graded.

Performances in the Olympics and World Championships (OW) will bring the maximum points with the Nationals (F) the least.

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Incidentally, the Asian Championship (category GL) is ranked higher than the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games (both category A).

For example, M. Sreeshankar’s recent national record-breaking 8.20m long jump will fetch him 1181 points (scoring table) and since he secured the first place in the Open Nationals (an ‘F’ category event), it will bring him an additional 15 points (total 1196). A gold with the same performance at the Asians would fetch him 1351 points (1181 + 170) and if it had come at the Jakarta Asian Games, it would have brought the Kerala teenager 1321 points (1181 + 140).

The best five performance points will be totalled and the average will be the athlete’s ranking score in his event. Also, recent performances in a one-year cycle will have more value with points being deducted from performances older than nine months on the date of rankings.

For example, 20 points will be deducted from a performance which had come in the 10th month, while for the 11th and 12th months it will be 40 and 60 points.