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2022 international merit rankings – men

2022 international merit rankings - men

Who are the top male athletes last year based on times, heights and distances, positions in major events and win-loss records against fellow competitors?

The international selection panel for our annual world merit rankings comprised Mirko Jalava (FIN), Alfons Juck (SVK), A Lennart Julin (SWE), Peter Matthews & Stuart Mazdon (UK) and Ed Gordon (USA) joined by Elliott Denman for the walks, writes Peter Matthews.

This was an extraordinary year with so many major championships as well as most of the Diamond League fixtures. China was still greatly affected by Covid and their athletes were mostly restricted to the World Championships with only limited events at home. We have not included BLR and RUS athletes in the top tens, and as they cannot compete in international competition it is very dfficult to rate them, but when have very strong series of marks we have included them in footnotes (with possible rankings in brackets).

READ MORE: Women’s world merit rankings

Following each athlete’s name in these event-by-event rankings are: date of birth (day.month.year), and in brackets: number of years ranked and 2021 top-ten rankings. Then their five/six best marks in 2022 and details of placings and performances in significant competitions. In these results marks in brackets were in qualifying, marks after w/ are best ‘wind legal’ marks in that competition.

Fred Kerley (Getty)

100 METRES

1. Fred Kerley USA
7.5.95 (2y, 1)
9.76, 9.77, 9.79, 9.83, 9.86, 9.92
1 Coral Gables 9.99
2 Nairobi 9.92A
2 Pre 9.98
1 Rome 9.92
1 US Ch 9.77 (9.76, 9.83)
1 Worlds 9.86 (9.79, 10.02)
2. Marvin Bracy USA
7.5.95 (2y, 7)
9.85, 9.86, 9.88, 9.93, 9.97, 9.97; 9.80w, 9.91w
1h1 Ponce 10.11
1 Montverde 9.80w (9.91w)
3 New York 10.03
2 US Ch 9.85 (9.86, 10.09)
2 Worlds 9.88 (9.93, 10.05)
2 Skol-Chorzów 10.00
1 Székesfehérvár 9.97
1 Luzern 10.17
2 Padua 10.13
1 Zagreb 9.97
3. Trayvon Bromell USA
10.7.95 (5y, 5)
9.81, 9.88, 9.88, 9.89, 9.92, 9.93; 9.75w
1 Jacksonville 9.75w
1 Ponce 9.92 (10.06)
dq fs Birmingham
1 Pre 9.93
3 US Ch 9.88 (9.81)
3 Worlds 9.88 (9.89, 9.97)
1 Skol-Chorzów 9.95
2 Székesfehérvár 10.01
1 DLF-Zürich 9.94
4. Oblique Seville JAM
16.3.01 (1y, -)
9.86, 9.88, 9.90, 9.92, 9.93, 9.97
1 Kingston 2/4 10.06
2 Miami 10.10w
1 Kingston 7/5 10.00
2 JAM Ch 9.88 (9.92, 9.98)
4 Worlds 9.97 (9.90, 9.83)
5. Yohan Blake JAM
26.12.89 (8y, -)
9.85, 9.93, 9.96, 9.98, 9.98, 10.03
4 Kingston 2/4 10.25
4 Devonshire 10.45
2 Kingston 23/4 10.11
dns Ponce (10.29)
2 Birmingham 10.18
2 Ostrava 10.05
1 Hengelo 10.11
1 JAM Ch 9.85…

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