1. BASICS OF THE WORLD RANKINGS

1.1. GENERAL

The World Rankings in Athletics produce Event Rankings and Overall Rankings.

The Event Rankings evaluate athletes competing in a single discipline and rank the world’s athletes in that specific discipline. The Overall Rankings compare athletes across all disciplines to rank all the male and female athletes in the world.

The World Rankings are published weekly, every Wednesday. In special circumstances they may be published on a different week-day: e.g. to be consistent with the end of the ranking period for specific Championships (World Athletics Championships, Olympic Games, etc.).

1.1.1. Event Rankings

  1. The Event Rankings cover the following individual disciplines of athletics (there are no World Rankings for Relays):
    • Track & Field Events
    • Combined Events
    • Road Running
    • Race Walking
    • Cross Country (limited to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships)
  2. Event Rankings are produced in 46 Athletics Event Groups. These Events often consist of a group of events, which are similar to each other. Therefore, each Event Group includes a “Main Event” which can be accompanied with one or more “Similar Events”. E.g. the men’s 100m is an “Event Group” where the 100m is the Main Event and the 50m, 55m and 60m are “Similar Events”.
  3. Performances in each of these 23 men’s and 23 women’s Event Groups count separately for the Event Rankings. Athletes can be ranked in all the different Event Groups where they achieve enough performances.
  4. Due to the differences between the calculation of the Ranking Scores, the specific Rules are described in four sections for the Event Rankings:

1.1.2. Overall Rankings

  1. To compare all the athletes regardless of their events, the World Rankings produce Men’s and Women’s Overall Rankings.
  2. The Overall Rankings – similarly to the Event Rankings – are based on the Performance Scores of the athletes at each competition.
  3. Unlike the Event Rankings, for the calculation of the Ranking Score for the Overall Rankings, athletes can obtain Performance Scores from more than one Event Group.
  4. The details of the ranking process for the Overall Rankings are described in Section 6. – Overall Rankings

1.2. RANKING METHOD

The ranking system is based on the two main elements of all Track & Field performances: the measured results of athletes (result score) and their placing during competitions (placing score). The combination of these elements provides the athletes’ performance for each competition in which they participate (performance score).

PERFORMANCE SCORE = RESULT SCORE + PLACING SCORE

 

Athletes’ performances can be considered in all competitions from grass roots to elite international level. However, the results must be in accordance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations in force, and the IAAF or one of its Area Associations or Member Federations must have officially ratified the results. The general Rules are described in this section 1. Rules specific to each Event Group are described in the corresponding sub-sections.

1.2.1. Result Score

  1. The Result Scores are calculated using the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics (by Dr. Bojidar Spiriev) which can be found here.
  2. The environment of the competition will determine whether the outdoor or indoor scoring tables must be used.
  3. For disciplines not included in the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics, there are special Scoring Tables developed in full conformity with the IAAF versions.
  4. The World Rankings consider only performances which were achieved at a competition conducted according to the IAAF Rules.
  5. Performances achieved with underage implements (in hurdles and throwing events), are not considered for the Rankings.
  6. Intermediate splits during a competition are not considered as a result for the athlete and thus are not included in the World Rankings.
  7. The initial Result Score may be altered taking into consideration the following factors:
    • Wind reading
    • Downhill course (Drop)

1.2.2. Placing Score

  1. Placing Score is awarded for the placing achieved by the athlete at a competition.
  2. Competitions are categorised, and the Placing Scores are different in each Category. There are 10 different categories for the purposes of Placing Scores. The Placing Scores obtainable at each competition vary according to the level and significance of the competition. The category “OW” reflects the strongest competitions and consequently awards the most points. For example, the Placing Scores available at the IAAF World Athletics Championships or at the Olympic Games are much higher than those at any other competition. See 1.3 – Categorisation of Competitions.
  3. Placing Scores can only be received in the Final of a competition. In the heats, quarter-finals or semi-finals and in qualifications, athletes obtain only Result Scores with no additional Placing Scores. However, in the “OW”, “DF”, “GW” and “GL” categories, Placing Scores are awarded for placings in the round before the Final as well.
  4. Placing Scores may be different according to the type of discipline concerned so they are determined separately for Track & Field events, Combined Events, Road Running and Race Walking.
  5. In certain cases, Placing Scores may also be different within an Event Group, depending on whether the discipline is a Main Event or a Similar Event.
  6. In Area Championships and National Championships Placing Scores can only be awarded to athletes representing their home Country or Area respectively. Athletes representing a foreign Member Federation or other Areas are regarded as out of competition participants (OC) and only receive Result Scores for their performances, regardless of their original position indicated in the official results of the competition.
  7. In case a competition belongs to more than one Category, the most favourable Placing Score is considered for each athlete based on the positions achieved in the different classifications.

1.2.3. Performance Score

The Performance Score is obtained by adding the Result Score to the Placing Score:

Performance Score = Result Score + Placing Score

1.2.4 Ranking Period

  1. Only those Performance Scores are considered, which were obtained by the athlete in a 12 months or 18 months period prior to the date of the Rankings, depending on the Event Group the athlete is ranked in.
  2. In order to put more emphasis on performances achieved closer to the date of the Rankings, there is a certain amount of points deducted from older Performance Scores. This only applies to events with a ranking period of 12 months. For performances older than 9 months at the date of the Rankings, the points deduction is as follows:
    • 10th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -20 points deducted
    • 11th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -40 points deducted
    • 12th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -60 points deducted
  3. To avoid overweighting, competitions in the OW and DF Categories will only be included once in any edition of the Rankings, regardless of the 12-months rule. E.g. performances from the 2018 IAAF Diamond League Finals in Zürich or Brussels (DF category competitions) will be removed from the Rankings before the 2019 IAAF Diamond League Finals, even if they were within the 12-months period.
  4. In order to ensure that performances achieved at the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are calculated in the Rankings, the latest editions of the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are included in the Rankings calculation regardless of whether they fall in the Events’ respective Ranking Period.

1.2.5. World Record Bonus

In case an athlete achieves a New World Record, or equals the World Record, bonus points are given as an extra reward for the obvious significance and promotional value of such performance. These World Record bonus points are added directly to the average of the Performance Scores to increase the Ranking Score of the athlete. World Record bonus points are awarded for each world record performance achieved by the athlete in the ranking period, regardless of the fact that the performance is included in the Ranking calculation or not. World Record bonus points are given as follows:

  1. Main Events
    • New World Record = 20 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
  2. Similar Events
    • New World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 5 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores

1.2.6. Ranking Score

  1. The Rankings are based on the Ranking Scores. Athletes are ranked in the Event and Overall Rankings by their Ranking Scores.
  2. The Ranking Score is the average of Performance Scores.
  3. In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. Athletes who do not collect enough performances, cannot have a valid Ranking Score, and are thus ineligible for ranking. See details for each Event Group in the corresponding section.
  4. When calculating the Ranking Score the following factors are considered:
    • Event Groups, Main Events and Similar Events
    • Required number of performances for Ranking
    • Ranking period and date corrections
    • World Record performances

1.3. CATEGORIES OF COMPETITIONS

Placing Scores are distributed according to the categorisation of competitions, subject to the following:

  1. The IAAF has the exclusive right to determine to which Category a given competition should be assigned. Categorisation of Area Permit competitions (Championships, Games and invitation meetings) will be agreed with the corresponding Area Association. Specific national permit competitions (other than National Senior Championships) will be placed in category E as designated by the Member Federation in agreement with the IAAF. All other national permit competitions are placed in category F.
  2. During a calendar year, only one National Senior Championships per each Member Federation can award Placing Scores according to the Categorisation as shown below. In case a Member Federation organizes more than one National Championships, or an equivalent type of competition (e.g. trials), in any discipline within one calendar year, the first such competition is regarded as the National Championships unless the MF informs the IAAF otherwise, prior to the beginning of the season.
  3. Only those events of a competition are entitled to receive the Category as listed below – and thus the corresponding Placing Scores – which are held primarily for the purpose of the competition for which the corresponding Category was awarded. Extra or supplementary events, national or youth events during international invitational meetings, etc. are considered as Category F regardless of the Category of the main competition during which the event was held.

Table 1. Categories of Competitions and scoring according to Discipline

Category

Details

T&F

CE

RR

RW

OW

Olympic Games

x

x

x

x

World Championships

x

x

x

x

DF

IAAF Diamond League Finals

x

 

 

 

GW

IAAF World Indoor Championships

x

x

 

 

IAAF World Cross Country Championships

x

 

 

 

IAAF Continental Cup

x

 

 

 

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

 

 

x

 

IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships

 

 

 

x

IAAF Diamond League Meetings

x

 

 

 

GL

IAAF Hammer Throw, Race Walking and Combined Events Challenges (IAAF Permit Meetings only)

x

x

 

x

IAAF Gold Label Marathons

 

 

x

 

Area Senior Outdoor Championships

x

x

x

x

A

Major Games (All-African, Asian, Commonwealth, Pan American, European)

x

x

x

x

IAAF World Challenge Meetings

x

 

 

 

Non Diamond Disciplines of the IAAF Diamond League Meetings

x

 

 

 

IAAF World Indoor Tour Meetings

x

 

 

 

IAAF Gold Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)

 

 

x

 

IAAF Silver Label Marathons

 

 

x

 

Area Senior Indoor Championships

x

x

 

 

Area Senior Race Walking Championships

 

 

 

x

B

IAAF Silver Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)

 

 

x

 

IAAF Bronze Label Marathons

 

 

x

 

Regional Games Championships (Universiade, Francophone Games Ibero-American Championships, CAC Games, Balkan Championships)

x

x

x

x

Area Permit Meetings – top tier (senior only)

x

x

 

x

Area second tier Championships (European Team Championships Super League, European Combined Events Team Championships)

x

x

 

 

National Senior Championships (Outdoor T&F/CE, Marathon and 20km/50km Race Walking)

x

x

x

x

C

IAAF World Athletics Series – U20 events (World U20, World Cross Country and World Race Walking Team Championships)

x

x

 

x

Area Permit Meetings – second tier (senior only)

x

x

 

x

IAAF Bronze Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)

 

 

x

 

Area third tier Championships (Area U23 Championships, European Team Championships 1st League, European Combined Events Team Championships 1st League, European Throwing Cup, European 10,000m Cup)

x

x

x

x

Regional Games and Championships (Arab Championships, Mediterranean Games, CISM World Games)

x

x

x

x

NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships

x

x

 

 

D

Other Regional International Championships, Games and Cups (First and senior division only)

x

x

x

x

Area Permit Meetings – Indoor and third tier (senior only)

x

x

 

 

Area fourth tier Championships (Area U20 Championships, Continental Club Championships [first division only], European Team Championships 2nd League)

x

x

x

x

Traditional International Meetings: – subject to application and Area approval (e.g.: Finnkampen, Baltic Countries Championships)

x

x

 

x

National Senior Championships (Indoor and in Similar Events)

x

x

x

x

Youth Olympic Games

x

 

 

x

E

International Matches (Subject to IAAF / Area Permit)

x

x

 

x

Designated (national permit) meetings and competitions (Subject to MF/IAAF approval)

x

x

 

x

Other International Marathons (If measured and certified)

 

 

x

 

Other International Half Marathons and Road Races (If measured and certified)

 

 

x

 

NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships

x

x

 

 

Area U18 Championships

x

 

 

x

European Youth Olympic Festival

x

 

 

 

F

National permit meetings

x

x

 

x

  1. TRACK & FIELD EVENTS

2.1. RANKING METHOD

The ranking system is based on the two main elements of all Track & Field performances: the measured results of athletes (result score) and their placing during competitions (placing score).
The combination of these elements provides the athletes’ performance for each competition in which they participate (performance score).

PERFORMANCE SCORE = RESULT SCORE + PLACING SCORE

Athletes’ performances can be considered in all competitions from grass roots to elite international level. However, the results must be in accordance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations in force, and the IAAF or one of its Area Associations or Member Federations must have officially ratified the results.

2.2. RESULT SCORE

  1. The Result Scores are calculated using the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics (by Dr. Bojidar Spiriev) which can be found here.
  2. The environment of the competition will determine whether the outdoor or indoor scoring tables must be used.
  3. For disciplines not included in the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics, there are special Scoring Tables developed in full conformity with the IAAF versions.
  4. The World Rankings consider only performances which were achieved at a competition conducted according to the IAAF Rules.
  5. Performances achieved with underage implements (in hurdles and throwing events), are not considered for the Rankings.
  6. Intermediate splits during a competition are not considered as a result for the athlete and thus are not included in the World Rankings.
  7. The initial Result Score may be altered taking into consideration the following factors:
    • Wind reading
    • Best Legal Jump (BLJ)

2.2.1. Wind Reading

  1. In order to establish a valid ranking, wind-aided results are included in the ranking. However, as adverse winds also influence the results, the Rankings also take headwinds into account.
  2. The wind modification applies in the following events:
    • 100m
    • 200m
    • 100m Hurdles
    • 110mHurdles
    • Long Jump
    • Triple Jump
  3. A Wind Modification System has been defined (see Table 2.1) which modifies the Result Scores depending on both the strength and direction of the wind. In case of a headwind, it adds points to the Result Score while, in case of a tail wind, it deducts points from the Result Score. There is no wind modification between 0 m/s and +2.0 m/s, so in case of a tail wind, the deduction of points starts from +2.1 m/s, while the calculation of the points to be deducted still starts from 0.0 m/s. 1 m/s wind is equivalent to 6 points according to the IAAF Scoring Tables. For wind readings in between those identified in the following table, the allocation of points is ±0.6 points for every ±0.1 m/s (i.e. +0.5 m/s = -3 points). If there is no wind information for results in the above events (NWI), 30 points are deducted from the Result Score.

Table 2.1. Wind modification system for Track & Field Events (some examples)

Tail Wind

Head Wind

+4 m/s

-24 pts

-4 m/s

+24 pts

+3 m/s

-18 pts

-3 m/s

+18 pts

+2 m/s

-0 pts

-2 m/s

+12 pts

+1 m/s

-0 pts

-1 m/s

+6 pts

+0 m/s

-0 pts

-0 m/s

+0 pts

2.2.2. Best Legal Jump (BLJ)

In Long Jump and Triple Jump, if the final result is wind-aided, then the best legal jump of the athlete (a performance with wind less than or equal to 2.0 m/s) can be considered as the Result Score, should it give better Result Score to the athlete after the wind modification applied to it.

2.3. PLACING SCORE

  1. Placing Score is awarded for the placing achieved by the athlete at a competition.
  2. Competitions are categorised, and the Placing Scores are different in each Category. There are 10 different categories for the purposes of Placing Scores. The Placing Scores obtainable at each competition vary according to the level and significance of the competition. The category “OW” reflects the strongest competitions and consequently awards the most points. For example, the Placing Scores available at the IAAF World Athletics Championships or at the Olympic Games are much higher than those at any other competition. See 2.4 – Categories of Competitions.
  3. Placing Scores can only be received in the Final of a competition. In the heats, quarter-finals or semi-finals and in qualifications, athletes obtain only Result Scores with no additional Placing Scores. However, in the “OW”, “DF”, “GW” and “GL” categories, Placing Scores are awarded for placings in the round before the Final as well.
  4. In certain cases, Placing Scores may also be different within an Event Group, depending on whether the discipline is a Main Event or a Similar Event.
  5. In Area Championships and National Championships Placing Scores can only be awarded to athletes representing their home Country or Area respectively. Athletes representing a foreign Member Federation or other Areas are regarded as out of competition participants (OC) and only receive Result Scores for their performances, regardless of their original position indicated in the official results of the competition.
  6. In case a competition belongs to more than one Category, the most favourable Placing Score is considered for each athlete based on the positions achieved in the different classifications.

2.3.1. Track & Field Event Groups (except 5000m, 10,000m and 3000mSC)

Placing Scores for the Track & Field Event Groups (except the 5000m, 10,000m and 3000mSC) are shown in the following tables.

Placing Scores are normally awarded only in the Final of the competition however, to give more depth in placings, in Categories OW, DF, GW and GL Categories there are Placing Scores awarded in the last round before the Final as well.

Table 2.2. Placing Scores for Track & Field Events in the Final of the competitions

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

350

240

200

170

140

100

60

40

25

15

2nd

310

210

170

145

120

80

50

35

21

10

3rd

280

185

150

130

110

70

45

30

18

5

4th

250

170

140

120

100

60

40

25

15

 

5th

230

155

130

110

90

55

35

22

12

 

6th

215

145

120

100

80

50

30

19

10

 

7th

200

135

110

90

70

45

27

17

 

 

8th

185

125

100

80

60

40

25

15

 

 

9th

130

90

70

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

120

80

60

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

110

70

50

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

100

60

45

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th

85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2.3. Placing Scores for Track and Field events in the round before the Final – if Final is of max. 9 athletes

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

Q or q to Final

140

95

80

70

9th *

130 *

90 *

70 *

60 *

10th

120

80

60

50

11th

110

70

50

45

12th

100

60

45

40

13th

85

 

 

 

14th

80

 

 

 

15th

75

 

 

 

16th

70

 

 

 

* If not Q or q to Final

 

Table 2.4. Placing Scores for Track and Field events in the round before the Final– if Final is of 10 or more athletes

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

Q or q to Final

100

65

50

40

11th *

95 *

55 *

40 *

35 *

12th *

90 *

50 *

35 *

30 *

13th *

85 *

 

 

 

14th *

80 *

 

 

 

15th *

75 *

 

 

 

16th *

70 *

 

 

 

* If not Q or q to Final

 

2.3.2. 5000m and 3000mSC Event Group

Placing Scores for the events in the 5000m and 3000mSC Event Groups are slightly different from the other Track & Field events due to the fact that, in these Event Groups, there are only 3 performances required for Ranking.

Placing Scores are normally only awarded in the Final of the competition however, to give more depth in placings, in Categories OW, DF, GW and GL Categories, there are Placing Scores awarded in the last round before the Final, as well.

 

Table 2.5. Placing Scores for 5000m and 3000mSC in the Final of the competitions

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

290

210

180

150

100

70

50

35

20

12

2nd

260

185

160

135

90

60

40

27

16

7

3rd

230

160

140

120

80

50

35

22

12

4

4th

210

145

120

105

70

45

30

19

10

 

5th

190

130

110

90

60

40

26

16

9

 

6th

175

120

100

80

50

35

23

14

8

 

7th

165

110

90

70

45

30

20

12

 

 

8th

155

100

80

60

40

25

18

10

 

 

9th

110

70

55

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

100

60

45

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

90

55

40

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

80

50

35

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th

70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th

65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2.6. Placing Scores for 5000m and 3000mSC in the round before the Final in OW Category

Place

OW

Q or q to Final

80

10-13th *

75 *

14th *

70 *

15th *

65 *

16th *

60 *

* If not Q or q to Final

 

Table 2.7. Placing Scores for 5000m and 3000mSC in the round before the Final if Final is of max. 9 athletes

Place

DF

GW

GL

Q or q to Final

80

60

70

9th *

70 *

55 *

60 *

10th

60

45

50

11th

55

40

45

12th

50

35

40

* If not Q or q to Final

 

Table 2.8. Placing Scores for 5000m and 3000mSC in the round before the Final if Final is of 10 or more athletes

Place

DF

GW

GL

Q or q to Final

50

35

30

11th *

45 *

30 *

25 *

12th *

40 *

25 *

20 *

* If not Q or q to Final

 

2.3.3. 10,000m Event Group

Placing Scores for the events in the 10,000m Event Group are slightly different from the other Track & Field events, due to the fact that in this Event Group there are only 2 performances required for Ranking.

To give more emphasis to the Main Event of this Group, there are different Placing Score tables for the 10,000m (Main Event), for the outdoor 5000m (Similar Event – to note that if the outdoor 5000m counts as a Main Event in the 5000m Event Group, then Placing Scores continue to be awarded according to Table 2.5. – 2.98.) and for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (Similar Event) where, due to the substantial differences between courses, athletes are awarded straight Performance Scores.

 

Table 2.9. Placing Scores for 10,000m

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

270

175

140

110

80

60

45

30

20

10

2nd

240

150

120

90

70

50

38

22

14

6

3rd

215

135

105

75

60

45

32

18

10

3

4th

195

120

90

65

50

40

26

16

8

 

5th

175

105

80

55

45

35

22

14

7

 

6th

160

95

70

50

40

30

19

12

6

 

7th

150

85

60

45

35

25

17

11

 

 

8th

140

75

50

40

30

20

15

10

 

 

9th

95

50

40

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

85

40

32

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

75

35

27

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

65

30

24

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th

55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2.10. Placing Scores for outdoor 5000m when Similar Event

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

95

70

60

45

30

20

10

 

 

 

2nd

85

60

50

38

22

14

6

 

 

 

3rd

75

50

45

32

18

10

3

 

 

 

4th

65

45

40

26

16

8

 

 

 

 

5th

55

40

35

22

14

7

 

 

 

 

6th

50

35

30

19

12

6

 

 

 

 

7th

45

30

25

17

11

 

 

 

 

 

8th

40

25

20

15

10

 

 

 

 

 

9th

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2.11: Performance Scores for IAAF World Cross Country Championships (Senior and U20)

Senior Race

U20 Race

1st

1300

9th

1070

17th

1041

1st

1105

2nd

1280

10th

1066

18th

1038

2nd

1085

3rd

1260

11th

1062

19th

1035

3rd

1070

4th

1240

12th

1058

20th

1032

4th

1060

5th

1220

13th

1054

21st

1029

5th

1050

6th

1200

14th

1050

22nd

1026

6th

1040

7th

1180

15th

1047

23rd

1023

7th

1035

8th

1160

16th

1044

24th

1020

8th

1030

2.4. CATEGORIES OF COMPETITIONS

Placing Scores are distributed according to the categorisation of competitions, subject to the following:

  1. The IAAF has the exclusive right to determine to which Category a given competition should be assigned. Categorisation of Area Permit competitions (Championships, Games and invitation meetings) will be agreed with the corresponding Area Association. Specific national permit competitions (other than National Senior Championships) will be placed in category E as designated by the Member Federation in agreement with the IAAF. All other national permit competitions are placed in category F.
  2. During a calendar year, only one National Senior Championships per each Member Federation can award Placing Scores according to the Categorisation as shown below. In case a Member Federation organizes more than one National Championships, or an equivalent type of competition (e.g. trials), in any discipline within one calendar year, the first such competition is regarded as the National Championships unless the MF informs the IAAF otherwise, prior to the beginning of the season.
  3. Only those events of a competition are entitled to receive the Category as listed below – and thus the corresponding Placing Scores – which are held primarily for the purpose of the competition for which the corresponding Category was awarded. Extra or supplementary events, national or youth events during international invitational meetings, etc. are considered as Category F regardless of the Category of the main competition during which the event was held.

Table 2.12. Categories of Competitions

Category

Details

OW

Olympic Games
IAAF World Championships

DF

IAAF Diamond League Finals

GW

IAAF World Indoor Championships
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
IAAF Continental Cup
IAAF Diamond League Meetings

GL

IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge (IAAF Permit Meetings only)
Area Senior Outdoor Championships

A

Major Games (All-African, Asian, Commonwealth, Pan American, European)
IAAF World Challenge Meetings
Non Diamond Disciplines of the IAAF Diamond League Meetings
IAAF World Indoor Tour Meetings
Area Senior Indoor Championships

B

Regional Games Championships (Universiade, Francophone Games Ibero-American Championships, CAC Games, Balkan Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – top tier (senior only)
Area second tier Championships (European Team Championships Super League, European Combined Events Team Championships)
National Senior Championships (Outdoor T&F/CE, Marathon and 20km/50km Race Walking)

C

IAAF World Athletics Series – U20 events (World U20, World Cross Country and World Race Walking Team Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – second tier (senior only)
Area third tier Championships (Area U23 Championships, European Team Championships 1st League, European Combined Events Team Championships 1st League, European Throwing Cup, European 10,000m Cup)
Regional Games and Championships (Arab Championships, Mediterranean Games, CISM World Games)
NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships

D

Other Regional International Championships, Games and Cups (First and senior division only)
Area Permit Meetings – Indoor and third tier (senior only)
Area fourth tier Championships (Area U20 Championships, Continental Club Championships [first division only], European Team Championships 2nd League)
Traditional International Meetings: – subject to application and Area approval (e.g.: Finnkampen, Baltic Countries Championships)
National Senior Championships (Indoor and in Similar Events)
Youth Olympic Games

E

International Matches (Subject to IAAF / Area Permit)
Designated (national permit) meetings and competitions (Subject to MF/IAAF approval)
NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships
Area U18 Championships
European Youth Olympic Festival

F

National permit meetings

 

2.5 PERFORMANCE SCORE

The Performance Score is obtained by adding the Result Score to the Placing Score:

Performance Score = Result Score + Placing Score

2.6. EVENT GROUPS, MAIN EVENTS AND SIMILAR EVENTS

Track & Field Event Rankings are produced in 36 Event Groups. Performances in each of the 36 Event Groups count separately for the Event Rankings. Athletes can be ranked in all the different Event Groups where they achieve a sufficient number of performances.

 

Table 2.13. Track & Field Event Groups

Nr.

Event Group

Main Event

Similar Events

1.

Men’s 100m

100m

50m, 55m, 60m

2.

Men’s 200m

200m

200m indoor

3.

Men’s 400m

400m

300m, 300m indoor, 400m indoor, 500m, 500m indoor

4.

Men’s 800m

800m

600m, 600m indoor, 800m indoor, 1000m, 1000m indoor

5.

Men’s 1500m

1500m

1500m indoor, Mile, Mile indoor, 2000m, 2000m indoor

6.

Men’s 5000m

5000m

3000m, 3000m indoor, 2 Miles, 2 Miles indoor, 5000m indoor

7.

Men’s 10,000m

10,000m

5000m, Cross Country (WXC only)

8.

Men’s 110mH

110mH

50mH, 55mH, 60mH

9.

Men’s 400mH

400mH

10.

Men’s 3000mSC

3000mSC

2000mSC

11.

Men’s High Jump

High Jump

High Jump indoor

12.

Men’s Pole Vault

Pole Vault

Pole Vault indoor

13.

Men’s Long Jump

Long Jump

Long Jump indoor

14.

Men’s Triple Jump

Triple Jump

Triple Jump indoor

15.

Men’s Shot Put

Shot Put

Shot Put indoor

16.

Men’s Discus Throw

Discus Throw

17.

Men’s Hammer Throw

Hammer Throw

18.

Men’s Javelin Throw

Javelin Throw

19.

Women’s 100m

100m

50m, 55m, 60m

20.

Women’s 200m

200m

200m indoor

21.

Women’s 400m

400m

300m, 300m indoor, 400m indoor, 500m, 500m indoor

22.

Women’s 800m

800m

600m, 600m indoor, 800m indoor, 1000m, 1000m indoor

23.

Women’s 1500m

1500m

1500m indoor, Mile, Mile indoor, 2000m, 2000m indoor

24.

Women’s 5000m

5000m

3000m, 3000m indoor, 2 Miles, 2 Miles indoor, 5000m indoor

25.

Women’s 10,000m

10,000m

5000m, Cross Country (WCH only)

26.

Women’s 100mH

100mH

50mH, 55mH, 60mH

27.

Women’s 400mH

400mH

28.

Women’s 3000mSC

3000mSC

2000mSC

29.

Women’s High Jump

High Jump

High Jump indoor

30.

Women’s Pole Vault

Pole Vault

Pole Vault indoor

31.

Women’s Long Jump

Long Jump

Long Jump indoor

32.

Women’s Triple Jump

Triple Jump

Triple Jump indoor

33.

Women’s Shot Put

Shot Put

Shot Put indoor

34.

Women’s Discus Throw

Discus Throw

35.

Women’s Hammer Throw

Hammer Throw

36.

Women’s Javelin Throw

Javelin Throw

 

2.7. REQUIRED NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. These vary depending on the Event Group (reference is made to Table 2.13).

2.7.1. Minimum number of Performance Scores

  • In all Event Groups, except Men’s and Women’s 5000m, 10,000m and 3000mSC (Nr.6,7,10 & Nr. 24,25,28), the minimum number of Performance Scores is five (5).
  • In Men’s and Women’s 5000m and 3000mSC Event Groups (Nr.6,10 & Nr.24, 28) the minimum number of Performance Scores is three (3).
  • In Men’s and Women’s 10,000m Event Groups (Nr.7 & Nr.25) the minimum number of Performance Scores is two (2).

2.7.2. Minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events

  • In all Event Groups, except Men’s and Women’s 5000m, 10,000m and 3000mSC (Nr.6,7,10 & Nr.24,25,28), the minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events is three (3).
  • In Men’s and Women’s 5000m and 3000mSC Event Groups (Nr.6,10 & Nr.24,28) the minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events is two (2).
  • In Men’s and Women’s 10,000m Event Groups (Nr.7 & Nr.25) the minimum number of Performance Score in the Main Event is one (1).

2.8. RANKING PERIOD

2.8.1. Track & Field events except the 10,000m

Only those Performance Scores can be considered for ranking which were obtained by the athlete in the 12 months period prior to the date of the Ranking.

2.8.2. 10,000m

Only those Performance Scores can be considered for rankings which were obtained by the athlete in the 18 months period prior to the date of the Ranking.

2.8.3. Date correction

In order to put more emphasis on performances achieved closer to the date of the Rankings, there is a certain amount of points deducted from older Performance Scores. This only applies to events with a ranking period of 12 months. For performances older than 9 months at the date of the Rankings, the points deduction is as follows:

  • 10th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -20 points deducted
  • 11th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -40 points deducted
  • 12th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -60 points deducted

2.8.4. Overweighting

To avoid overweighting, competitions in the OW and DF Categories will only be included once in any edition of the Rankings, regardless of the 12-months rule. E.g. performances from the 2018 IAAF Diamond League Finals in Zürich or Brussels (DF category competitions) will be removed from the Rankings before the 2019 IAAF Diamond League Finals, even if they were within the 12-months period.

2.8.2. Area Senior Outdoor Championships

In order to ensure that performances achieved at the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are calculated in the Rankings, the latest editions of the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are included in the Rankings calculation regardless of whether they fall in the Events’ respective Ranking Period.

2.9 WORLD RECORD BONUS

In case an athlete achieves a New World Record, or equals the World Record, bonus points are given as an extra reward for the obvious significance and promotional value of such performance. These World Record bonus points are added directly to the average of the Performance Scores to increase the Ranking Score of the athlete.

World Record bonus points are awarded for each world record performance achieved by the athlete in the ranking period, regardless of the fact that the performance is included in the Ranking calculation or not.

World Record bonus points are given as follows:

  1. Main Events
    • New World Record = 20 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
  2. Similar Events
    • New World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 5 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores

2.10. RANKING SCORE

  1. The Rankings are based on the Ranking Scores. Athletes are ranked in the Event Rankings by their Ranking Scores.
  2. The Ranking Score is the average of Performance Scores.
  3. In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. Athletes who do not collect enough performances, cannot have a valid Ranking Score, and are thus ineligible for ranking. See details for each Event Group in the corresponding section.
  4. When calculating the Ranking Score the following factors are considered:
    • Event Groups, Main Events and Similar Events
    • Required number of performances for Ranking
    • Ranking period and date corrections
    • World Record performances
  1. COMBINED EVENTS

3.1. RANKING METHOD

The ranking system is based on the two main elements of all Track & Field performances: the measured results of athletes (result score) and their placing during competitions (placing score).

The combination of these elements provides the athletes’ performance for each competition in which they participate (performance score).

PERFORMANCE SCORE = RESULT SCORE + PLACING SCORE

Athletes’ performances can be considered in all competitions from grass roots to elite international level. However, the results must be in accordance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations in force, and the IAAF or one of its Area Associations or Member Federations must have officially ratified the results.

3.2. RESULT SCORE

  1. The Result Scores are calculated using the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics (by Dr. Bojidar Spiriev) which can be found here.
  2. The environment of the competition will determine whether the outdoor or indoor scoring tables must be used.
  3. The World Rankings consider only performances which were achieved at a competition conducted according to the IAAF Rules.
  4. Performances achieved with underage implements (in hurdles and throwing events), are not considered for the Rankings.
  5. The initial Result Score may be altered taking into consideration the following factor:
    • Wind reading

3.2.1. Wind Reading

  1. In order to establish a valid ranking, wind-aided results are included in the ranking.
  2. If one of the wind readings exceeds +4.0 m/s AND the average of all wind readings exceeds +2.0 m/s, 24 points are deducted from the Result Score.
  3. If there is no wind information available in any or all of the individual events (NWI), 24 points are deducted from the Result Score.

3.3. PLACING SCORE

  1. Placing Score is awarded for the placing achieved by the athlete at a competition.
  2. Competitions are categorised, and the Placing Scores are different in each Category. There are 10 different categories for the purposes of Placing Scores. The Placing Scores obtainable at each competition vary according to the level and significance of the competition. The category “OW” reflects the strongest competitions and consequently awards the most points. For example, the Placing Scores available at the IAAF World Athletics Championships or at the Olympic Games are much higher than those at any other competition. See 3.4 – Categorisation of Competitions.>
  3. In Area Championships and National Championships Placing Scores can only be awarded to athletes representing their home Country or Area respectively. Athletes representing a foreign Member Federation or other Areas are regarded as out of competition participants (OC) and only receive Result Scores for their performances, regardless of their original position indicated in the official results of the competition.
  4. In case a competition belongs to more than one Category, the most favourable Placing Score is considered for each athlete based on the positions achieved in the different classifications.

Table 3.1. Placing Scores for Combined Events

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

270

175

140

110

80

60

45

30

20

10

2nd

240

150

120

90

70

50

38

22

14

6

3rd

215

135

105

75

60

45

32

18

10

3

4th

195

120

90

65

50

40

26

16

8

 

5th

175

105

80

55

45

35

22

14

7

 

6th

160

95

70

50

40

30

19

12

6

 

7th

150

85

60

45

35

25

17

11

 

 

8th

140

75

50

40

30

20

15

10

 

 

9th

95

50

35

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

85

40

30

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

75

35

24

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

65

30

18

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th

55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.4. CATEGORIES OF COMPETITIONS

Placing Scores are distributed according to the categorisation of competitions, subject to the following:

  1. The IAAF has the exclusive right to determine to which Category a given competition should be assigned. Categorisation of Area Permit competitions (Championships, Games and invitation meetings) will be agreed with the corresponding Area Association. Specific national permit competitions (other than National Senior Championships) will be placed in category E as designated by the Member Federation in agreement with the IAAF. All other national permit competitions are placed in category F.
  2. During a calendar year, only one National Senior Championships per each Member Federation can award Placing Scores according to the Categorisation as shown below. In case a Member Federation organizes more than one National Championships, or an equivalent type of competition (e.g. trials), in any discipline within one calendar year, the first such competition is regarded as the National Championships unless the MF informs the IAAF otherwise, prior to the beginning of the season.
  3. Only those events of a competition are entitled to receive the Category as listed below – and thus the corresponding Placing Scores – which are held primarily for the purpose of the competition for which the corresponding Category was awarded. Extra or supplementary events, national or youth events during international invitational meetings, etc. are considered as Category F regardless of the Category of the main competition during which the event was held.

Table 3.2. Categories of Competitions and scoring according to Discipline

Category

Details

OW

Olympic Games
IAAF World Championships

GW

IAAF World Indoor Championships

GL

IAAF Combined Events Challenges (IAAF Permit Meetings only)
Area Senior Outdoor Championships

A

Major Games (All-African, Asian, Commonwealth, Pan American, European)
Area Senior Indoor Championships

B

Regional Games Championships (Universiade, Francophone Games Ibero-American Championships, CAC Games, Balkan Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – top tier (senior only)
Area second tier Championships (European Combined Events Team Championships)
National Senior Championships (Outdoor)

C

IAAF World Athletics Series – U20 events (World U20 Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – second tier (senior only)
Area third tier Championships (Area U23 Championships, European Combined Events Team Championships 1st League)
Regional Games and Championships (Arab Championships, Mediterranean Games, CISM World Games)
NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships

D

Other Regional International Championships, Games and Cups (First and senior division only)
Area Permit Meetings – Indoor and third tier (senior only)
Area fourth tier Championships (Area U20 Championships,], European Combined Events Team Championships 2nd League)
Traditional International Meetings: – subject to application and Area approval (e.g.: Finnkampen, Baltic Countries Championships)
National Senior Championships (Indoor and in Similar Events)

E

International Matches (Subject to IAAF / Area Permit)
Designated (national permit) meetings and competitions (Subject to MF/IAAF approval)
NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships

F

National permit meetings

3.5. PERFORMANCE SCORE

The Performance Score is obtained by adding the Result Score to the Placing Score:

Performance Score = Result Score + Placing Score

3.6. EVENT GROUPS, MAIN EVENTS AND SIMILAR EVENTS

Combined Event Rankings are produced in 2 Event Groups.

Table 3.3. Combined Events Event Groups

Nr.

Event Group

Main Event

Similar Event

1.

Men’s Decathlon

Decathlon

Heptathlon indoor

2.

Women’s Heptathlon

Heptathlon

Pentathlon indoor

3.7. REQUIRED NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events.

3.4.1 Minimum number of Performance Scores

  • In both Event Groups, the minimum number of Performance Scores is two (2).

3.4.2. Minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events

  • In both Event Groups, the minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Event is one (1).

3.8. RANKING PERIOD

  1. Only those Performance Scores are considered, which were obtained by the athlete in the 18 months period prior to the date of the Rankings.
  2. To avoid overweighting, competitions in the OW and DF Categories will only be included once in any edition of the Rankings, regardless of the 18-months rule. E.g. performances from the 2019 in World Athletics Championships in Doha (OW category competition) will be removed from the Rankings before the 2020 Olympic Games, even if they were within the 18-months period.
  3. In order to ensure that performances achieved at the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are calculated in the Rankings, the latest editions of the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are included in the Rankings calculation regardless of whether they fall in the Events’ respective Ranking Period.

3.9. WORLD RECORD BONUS

In case an athlete achieves a New World Record, or equals the World Record, bonus points are given as an extra reward for the obvious significance and promotional value of such performance. These World Record bonus points are added directly to the average of the Performance Scores to increase the Ranking Score of the athlete.

World Record bonus points are awarded for each world record performance achieved by the athlete in the ranking period, regardless of the fact that the performance is included in the Ranking calculation or not.

World Record bonus points are given as follows:

  1. Main Events
    • New World Record = 20 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
  2. Similar Events
    • New World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 5 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores

3.10. RANKING SCORE

  1. The Rankings are based on the Ranking Scores. Athletes are ranked in the Event Rankings by their Ranking Scores.
  2. The Ranking Score is the average of Performance Scores.
  3. In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. Athletes who do not collect enough performances, cannot have a valid Ranking Score, and are thus ineligible for ranking. See details for each Event Group in the corresponding section.
  4. When calculating the Ranking Score the following factors are considered:
    • Event Groups, Main Events and Similar Events
    • Required number of performances for Ranking
    • Ranking period and date corrections
    • World Record performances
  1. RACE WALKING

5.1. RANKING METHOD

The ranking system is based on the two main elements of all Track & Field performances: the measured results of athletes (result score) and their placing during competitions (placing score).

The combination of these elements provides the athletes’ performance for each competition in which they participate (performance score).

PERFORMANCE SCORE = RESULT SCORE + PLACING SCORE

Athletes’ performances can be considered in all competitions from grass roots to elite international level. However, the results must be in accordance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations in force, and the IAAF or one of its Area Associations or Member Federations must have officially ratified the results.

5.2. Result Score

  1. The Result Scores are calculated using the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics (by Dr. Bojidar Spiriev) which can be found here.
  2. For disciplines not included in the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics, there are special Scoring Tables developed in full conformity with the IAAF versions.
  3. The World Rankings consider only performances which were achieved at a competition conducted according to the IAAF Rules.
  4. Intermediate splits during a competition are not considered as a result for the athlete and thus are not included in the World Rankings.

5.2.1. Certified Race Walking Events

Only results achieved on Certified Race Walking Events can be considered. More details and the updated list of these Certified Race Walking Events can be found on iaaf.org.

5.2.2. International Race Walking Judges

A minimum of three international or area race walking judges must be on duty in order for the results of the competition to be valid for the World Rankings. The updated list of the Race Walking complying with this requirement can be found on iaaf.org.

5.3. PLACING SCORE

  1. Placing Score is awarded for the placing achieved by the athlete at a competition.
  2. Competitions are categorised, and the Placing Scores are different in each Category. There are 10 different categories for the purposes of Placing Scores. The Placing Scores obtainable at each competition vary according to the level and significance of the competition. The category “OW” reflects the strongest competitions and consequently awards the most points. For example, the Placing Scores available at the IAAF World Athletics Championships or at the Olympic Games are much higher than those at any other competition. See 1.3 – Categorisation of Competitions.
  3. In certain cases, Placing Scores may also be different within an Event Group, depending on whether the discipline is a Main Event or a Similar Event.
  4. In Area Championships and National Championships Placing Scores can only be awarded to athletes representing their home Country or Area respectively. Athletes representing a foreign Member Federation or other Areas are regarded as out of competition participants (OC) and only receive Result Scores for their performances, regardless of their original position indicated in the official results of the competition.
  5. In case a competition belongs to more than one Category, the most favourable Placing Score is considered for each athlete based on the positions achieved in the different classifications.

5.3.1. Men’s and Women’s 20km Race Walking Event Groups

In these two Event Groups there is only one Placing Score Table, valid for all events in this group.

Table 5.1. Placing Scores for Men’s and Women’s 20km Race Walking

Place

OW

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

270

140

110

80

60

45

30

20

10

2nd

240

120

90

70

50

38

22

14

6

3rd

215

105

75

60

45

32

18

10

3

4th

195

90

65

50

40

26

16

8

 

5th

175

80

55

45

35

22

14

7

 

6th

160

70

50

40

30

19

12

6

 

7th

150

60

45

35

25

17

11

 

 

8th

140

50

40

30

20

15

10

 

 

9th

95

35

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

85

30

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

75

24

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

65

18

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th

55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th

42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19th

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20th

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.3.2. Men’s and Women’s 50km Race Walking Event Groups

To give more emphasis to the Main Event of this Group, there are different Placing Score tables for the 50km Race Walk (Main Event) and the 20km Race Walk, 30km Race Walk and 35km Race Walk (Similar Events). If the 20km Race Walking counts as a Main Event in the 20km Race Walking Event Group, Placing Scores are awarded according to Table 5.1.

Table 5.2. Placing Scores for Men’s and Women’s 50km Race Walking

Place

OW

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

270

170

140

70

45

30

20

10

5

2nd

220

130

105

60

35

25

15

7

2

3rd

195

115

90

50

30

20

12

5

1

4th

175

100

75

40

25

15

10

3

 

5th

155

85

60

30

20

12

8

2

 

6th

145

75

50

25

17

10

6

1

 

7th

135

65

40

20

14

8

5

 

 

8th

125

55

30

15

10

6

4

 

 

9th

80

45

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

70

35

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

60

25

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

50

20

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th

37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19th

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20th

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 5.3. Placing Scores for 20km Race Walking (when similar event), 30km Race Walking and 35km Race Walking

Place

OW

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

80

45

30

20

10

5

 

 

 

2nd

70

35

22

15

7

2

 

 

 

3rd

60

30

18

12

5

1

 

 

 

4th

50

25

16

10

3

 

 

 

 

5th

40

20

14

8

2

 

 

 

 

6th

30

17

12

6

1

 

 

 

 

7th

25

14

10

5

 

 

 

 

 

8th

20

10

8

4

 

 

 

 

 

9th

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.4. CATEGORIES OF COMPETITIONS

Placing Scores are distributed according to the categorisation of competitions, subject to the following:

  1. The IAAF has the exclusive right to determine to which Category a given competition should be assigned. Categorisation of Area Permit competitions (Championships, Games and invitation meetings) will be agreed with the corresponding Area Association. Specific national permit competitions (other than National Senior Championships) will be placed in category E as designated by the Member Federation in agreement with the IAAF. All other national permit competitions are placed in category F.
  2. During a calendar year, only one National Senior Championships per each Member Federation can award Placing Scores according to the Categorisation as shown below. In case a Member Federation organizes more than one National Championships, or an equivalent type of competition (e.g. trials), in any discipline within one calendar year, the first such competition is regarded as the National Championships unless the MF informs the IAAF otherwise, prior to the beginning of the season.
  3. Only those events of a competition are entitled to receive the Category as listed below – and thus the corresponding Placing Scores – which are held primarily for the purpose of the competition for which the corresponding Category was awarded. Extra or supplementary events, national or youth events during international invitational meetings, etc. are considered as Category F regardless of the Category of the main competition during which the event was held.

Table 5.4. Categories of Competitions

Category

Details

OW

Olympic Games
IAAF World Championships

GW

IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships

GL

IAAF Race Walking Challenge (IAAF Permit Meetings only)
Area Senior Outdoor Championships

A

Major Games (All-African, Asian, Commonwealth, Pan American, European)
Area Senior Race Walking Championships

B

Regional Games Championships (Universiade, Francophone Games Ibero-American Championships, CAC Games, Balkan Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – top tier (senior only)
National Senior Championships (20km/50km Race Walking)

C

IAAF World Athletics Series – U20 events (World U20, World Race Walking Team Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – second tier (senior only)
Area third tier Championships (Area U23 Championships)
Regional Games and Championships (Arab Championships, Mediterranean Games, CISM World Games)

D

Other Regional International Championships, Games and Cups (First and senior division only)
Area fourth tier Championships (Area U20 Championships)
Traditional International Meetings: – subject to application and Area approval (e.g.: Finnkampen, Baltic Countries Championships)
National Senior Championships (Similar Events)
Youth Olympic Games

E

International Matches (Subject to IAAF / Area Permit)
Designated (national permit) meetings and competitions (Subject to MF/IAAF approval)
Area U18 Championships

F

National permit meetings

 

5.5. PERFORMANCE SCORE

The Performance Score is obtained by adding the Result Score to the Placing Score:

Performance Score = Result Score + Placing Score

5.6. EVENT GROUPS, MAIN EVENTS AND SIMILAR EVENTS

Race Walking Event Rankings are produced in 4 Event Groups. Performances in each of the 4 Event Groups count separately for the Event Rankings. Athletes can be ranked in the different Event Groups where they achieved a sufficient number of performances.

Table 5.5. Race Walking Event Groups

Nr.

Event Group

Main Event

Similar Events

1.

Men’s 20km Race Walking

20km

10km, 15km, 10,000m, 15,000m, 20,000m

2.

Men’s 50km Race Walking

50km

20km, 30km, 35km, 20,000m, 30,000m, 50,000m

3.

Women’s 20km Race Walking

20km

5km, 10km, 15km, 5000m, 10,000m, 15,000m, 20,000m

4.

Women’s 50km Race Walking

50km

20km, 30km, 35km, 20,000m, 30,000m, 50,000m

 

5.7. REQUIRED NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events (reference is made to Table 5.5.).

5.7.1. Minimum number of Performance Scores

  • In Men’s and Women 20km Race Walking Event Groups, the minimum number of Performance Scores is three (3).
  • In Men’s and Women’s 50km Race Walking Event Groups, the minimum number of Performance Scores is two (2).

5.7.2. Minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events

  • In Men’s and Women’s 20km Race Walking Event Groups, the minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events is two (2).
  • In Men’s and Women’s 50km Race Walking Event Groups, the minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events is one (1).

5.8. RANKING PERIOD

  1. Only those Performance Scores are considered, which were obtained by the athlete in an 18 months period prior to the date of the Rankings, depending on the Event Group the athlete is ranked in.
  2. To avoid overweighting, competitions in the OW and DF Categories will only be included once in any edition of the Rankings, regardless of the 18-months rule. E.g. performances from the 2019 in World Athletics Championships in Doha (OW category competition) will be removed from the Rankings before the 2020 Olympic Games, even if they were within the 18-months period.
  3. In order to ensure that performances achieved at the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are calculated in the Rankings, the latest editions of the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are included in the Rankings calculation regardless of whether they fall in the Events’ respective Ranking Period.

5.9. WORLD RECORD BONUS

In case an athlete achieves a New World Record, or equals the World Record, bonus points are given as an extra reward for the obvious significance and promotional value of such performance. These World Record bonus points are added directly to the average of the Performance Scores to increase the Ranking Score of the athlete.

World Record bonus points are awarded for each world record performance achieved by the athlete in the ranking period, regardless of the fact that the performance is included in the Ranking calculation or not.

World Record bonus points are given as follows:

  1. Main Events
    • New World Record = 20 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
  2. Similar Events
    • New World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 5 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores

5.10. RANKING SCORE

  1. The Rankings are based on the Ranking Scores. Athletes are ranked in the Event Rankings by their Ranking Scores.
  2. The Ranking Score is the average of Performance Scores.
  3. In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. Athletes who do not collect enough performances, cannot have a valid Ranking Score, and are thus ineligible for ranking. See details for each Event Group in the corresponding section.
  4. When calculating the Ranking Score the following factors are considered:
    • Event Groups, Main Events and Similar Events
    • Required number of performances for Ranking
    • Ranking period and date corrections
    • World Record performances
  1. OVERALL RANKINGS

6.1. RANKING METHOD

The ranking system is based on the two main elements of all Track & Field performances: the measured results of athletes (result score) and their placing during competitions (placing score).

The combination of these elements provides the athletes’ performance for each competition in which they participate (performance score).

PERFORMANCE SCORE = RESULT SCORE + PLACING SCORE

Athletes’ performances can be considered in all competitions from grass roots to elite international level. However, the results must be in accordance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations in force, and the IAAF or one of its Area Associations or Member Federations must have officially ratified the results.

6.2. RESULT SCORE

  1. The Result Scores are calculated using the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics (by Dr. Bojidar Spiriev) which can be found here.
  2. The environment of the competition will determine whether the outdoor or indoor scoring tables must be used.
  3. For disciplines not included in the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics, there are special Scoring Tables developed in full conformity with the IAAF versions.
  4. The World Rankings consider only performances which were achieved at a competition conducted according to the IAAF Rules.
  5. Performances achieved with underage implements (in hurdles and throwing events), are not considered for the Rankings.
  6. Intermediate splits during a competition are not considered as a result for the athlete and thus are not included in the World Rankings.
  7. The initial Result Score may be altered taking into consideration the following factors:
    • Wind reading
    • Best Legal Jump (BLJ)
    • Downhill course (Drop)

6.2.1. Wind Reading – Track & Field Events

  1. In order to establish a valid ranking, wind-aided results are included in the ranking. However, as adverse winds also influence the results, the Rankings also take headwinds into account.
  2. The wind modification applies in the following events:
    • 100m
    • 200m
    • 100m Hurdles
    • 110mHurdles
    • Long Jump
    • Triple Jump
  3. A Wind Modification System has been defined (see Table 2.1) which modifies the Result Scores depending on both the strength and direction of the wind. In case of a headwind, it adds points to the Result Score while, in case of a tail wind, it deducts points from the Result Score. There is no wind modification between 0 m/s and +2.0 m/s, so in case of a tail wind, the deduction of points starts from +2.1 m/s, while the calculation of the points to be deducted still starts from 0.0 m/s. 1 m/s wind is equivalent to 6 points according to the IAAF Scoring Tables. For wind readings in between those identified in the following table, the allocation of points is ±0.6 points for every ±0.1 m/s (i.e. +0.5 m/s = -3 points). If there is no wind information for results in the above events (NWI), 30 points are deducted from the Result Score.

Table 6.1. Wind modification system for Track & Field Events (some examples)

Tail Wind

Head Wind

+4 m/s

-24 pts

-4 m/s

+24 pts

+3 m/s

-18 pts

-3 m/s

+18 pts

+2 m/s

-0 pts

-2 m/s

+12 pts

+1 m/s

-0 pts

-1 m/s

+6 pts

+0 m/s

-0 pts

-0 m/s

+0 pts

 

6.2.2. Wind Reading – Combined Events

  1. In order to establish a valid ranking, wind-aided results are included in the ranking.
  2. If one of the wind readings exceeds +4.0 m/s AND the average of all wind readings exceeds +2.0 m/s, 24 points are deducted from the Result Score.
  3. If there is no wind information available in any or all of the individual events (NWI), 24 points are deducted from the Result Score.

6.2.3. Best Legal Jump (BLJ)

In Long Jump and Triple Jump, if the final result is wind-aided, then the best legal jump of the athlete (a performance with wind less than or equal to 2.0 m/s) can be considered as the Result Score, should it give better Result Score to the athlete after the wind modification applied to it.

6.2.4. Downhill Courses

To avoid disregarding performances achieved on a course not fully complying with the IAAF criteria, a “Downhill Modification System” has been developed to include results achieved on a Downhill course.

  • A “Downhill Couse” is defined as one which has a net drop (decrease in elevation) of more than 1 m/km.
  • A net drop of 1 m/km of the race distance is equivalent to 6 points according to the IAAF Scoring Tables (or the alternate Scoring Tables in case of events that are not included in the IAAF Scoring Tables).
  • These points are deducted from the initial Result Scores of the athletes at the competition concerned.
  • There is no deduction if the net drop is within the allowed 1 m/km.
  • Over the net drop of 1 m/km every 0.1 m/km is equal to 6 + 0.6 points for each 0.1 m/km. (e.g. 1.1 m/km = – 6.6 points; 1.2 m/km = -7.2 points)

6.2.5. Certified Road Courses

Only results achieved on Certified Road courses can be considered. More details and the updated list of these Certified Road Courses can be found on iaaf.org.

6.2.6. Certified Race Walking Events

Only results achieved on Certified Race Walking Events can be considered. More details and the updated list of these Certified Race Walking Events can be found on iaaf.org.

6.2.7. International Race Walking Judges

A minimum of three international or area race walking judges must be on duty in order for the results of the competition to be valid for the World Rankings. The updated list of the Race Walking complying with this requirement can be found on iaaf.org.

6.3. PLACING SCORE

  1. Placing Score is awarded for the placing achieved by the athlete at a competition.
  2. Competitions are categorised, and the Placing Scores are different in each Category. There are 10 different categories for the purposes of Placing Scores. The Placing Scores obtainable at each competition vary according to the level and significance of the competition. The category “OW” reflects the strongest competitions and consequently awards the most points. For example, the Placing Scores available at the IAAF World Athletics Championships or at the Olympic Games are much higher than those at any other competition. See 1.3 – Categorisation of Competitions.
  3. Placing Scores can only be received in the Final of a competition. In the heats, quarter-finals or semi-finals and in qualifications, athletes obtain only Result Scores with no additional Placing Scores. However, in the “OW”, “DF”, “GW” and “GL” categories, Placing Scores are awarded for placings in the round before the Final as well.
  4. In Area Championships and National Championships Placing Scores can only be awarded to athletes representing their home Country or Area respectively. Athletes representing a foreign Member Federation or other Areas are regarded as out of competition participants (OC) and only receive Result Scores for their performances, regardless of their original position indicated in the official results of the competition.
  5. In case a competition belongs to more than one Category, the most favourable Placing Score is considered for each athlete based on the positions achieved in the different classifications.

6.3.1. Placing Scores for the Overall Rankings

Placing Scores are normally awarded only in the Final of the competition however, to give more depth in placings, in Categories OW, DF, GW and GL Categories there are Placing Scores awarded in the last round before the Final as well.

Table 6.2. Placing Scores for Track & Field Events in the Final of the competitions

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

A

B

C

D

E

F

1st

350

240

200

170

140

100

60

40

25

15

2nd

310

210

170

145

120

80

50

35

21

10

3rd

280

185

150

130

110

70

45

30

18

5

4th

250

170

140

120

100

60

40

25

15

 

5th

230

155

130

110

90

55

35

22

12

 

6th

215

145

120

100

80

50

30

19

10

 

7th

200

135

110

90

70

45

27

17

 

 

8th

185

125

100

80

60

40

25

15

 

 

9th

130

90

70

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

120

80

60

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

110

70

50

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th

100

60

45

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th

85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 6.3. Placing Scores for Track and Field events in the round before the Final – if Final is of max. 9 athletes

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

Q or q to Final

140

95

80

70

9th *

130 *

90 *

70 *

60 *

10th

120

80

60

50

11th

110

70

50

45

12th

100

60

45

40

13th

85

 

 

 

14th

80

 

 

 

15th

75

 

 

 

16th

70

 

 

 

* If not Q or q to Final

 

Table 6.4. Placing Scores for Track and Field events in the round before the Final– if Final is of 10 or more athletes

Place

OW

DF

GW

GL

Q or q to Final

100

65

50

40

11th *

95 *

55 *

40 *

35 *

12th *

90 *

50 *

35 *

30 *

13th *

85 *

 

 

 

14th *

80 *

 

 

 

15th *

75 *

 

 

 

16th *

70 *

 

 

 

* If not Q or q to Final

 

6.4. CATEGORIES OF COMPETITIONS

Placing Scores are distributed according to the categorisation of competitions, subject to the following:

  1. The IAAF has the exclusive right to determine to which Category a given competition should be assigned. Categorisation of Area Permit competitions (Championships, Games and invitation meetings) will be agreed with the corresponding Area Association. Specific national permit competitions (other than National Senior Championships) will be placed in category E as designated by the Member Federation in agreement with the IAAF. All other national permit competitions are placed in category F.
  2. During a calendar year, only one National Senior Championships per each Member Federation can award Placing Scores according to the Categorisation as shown below. In case a Member Federation organizes more than one National Championships, or an equivalent type of competition (e.g. trials), in any discipline within one calendar year, the first such competition is regarded as the National Championships unless the MF informs the IAAF otherwise, prior to the beginning of the season.
  3. Only those events of a competition are entitled to receive the Category as listed below – and thus the corresponding Placing Scores – which are held primarily for the purpose of the competition for which the corresponding Category was awarded. Extra or supplementary events, national or youth events during international invitational meetings, etc. are considered as Category F regardless of the Category of the main competition during which the event was held.

Table 6.5. Categories of Competitions

Category

Details

OW

Olympic Games
IAAF World Championships

DF

IAAF Diamond League Finals

GW

IAAF World Indoor Championships
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
IAAF Continental Cup
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships
IAAF Diamond League Meetings

GL

IAAF Hammer Throw, Race Walking and Combined Events Challenges (IAAF Permit Meetings only)
IAAF Gold Label Marathons
Area Senior Outdoor Championships

A

Major Games (All-African, Asian, Commonwealth, Pan American, European)
IAAF World Challenge Meetings
Non Diamond Disciplines of the IAAF Diamond League Meetings
IAAF World Indoor Tour Meetings
IAAF Gold Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)
IAAF Silver Label Marathons
Area Senior Indoor Championships
Area Senior Race Walking Championships

B

IAAF Silver Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)
IAAF Bronze Label Marathons
Regional Games Championships (Universiade, Francophone Games Ibero-American Championships, CAC Games, Balkan Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – top tier (senior only)
Area second tier Championships (European Team Championships Super League, European Combined Events Team Championships)
National Senior Championships (Outdoor T&F/CE, Marathon and 20km/50km Race Walking)

C

IAAF World Athletics Series – U20 events (World U20, World Cross Country and World Race Walking Team Championships)
Area Permit Meetings – second tier (senior only)
IAAF Bronze Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)
Area third tier Championships (Area U23 Championships, European Team Championships 1st League, European Combined Events Team Championships 1st League, European Throwing Cup, European 10,000m Cup)
Regional Games and Championships (Arab Championships, Mediterranean Games, CISM World Games)
NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships

D

Other Regional International Championships, Games and Cups (First and senior division only)
Area Permit Meetings – Indoor and third tier (senior only)
Area fourth tier Championships (Area U20 Championships, Continental Club Championships [first division only], European Team Championships 2nd League)
Traditional International Meetings: – subject to application and Area approval (e.g.: Finnkampen, Baltic Countries Championships)
National Senior Championships (Indoor and in Similar Events)
Youth Olympic Games

E

International Matches (Subject to IAAF / Area Permit)
Designated (national permit) meetings and competitions (Subject to MF/IAAF approval)
Other International Marathons and Half Marathons (If measured and certified)
Other International Road Races
NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships
Area U18 Championships
European Youth Olympic Festival

F

National permit meetings

 

6.5. PERFORMANCE SCORE

The Performance Score is obtained by adding the Result Score to the Placing Score:

Performance Score = Result Score + Placing Score

6.6. PERFORMANCE SCORE

In the Overall Rankings, the system considers all performances of the athletes, regardless of the Event Group in which they achieved their performances. Overall Rankings only make distinction between Main Events and Similar Events.

Table 6.6. Main Events and Similar Events in Overall Rankings

Men’s Events

Women’s Events

Main Events

Main Events

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 110mH, 400mH, 3000mSC, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw, 10 km Road Race, Half Marathon, Marathon, 20km Race Walk, 50km Race Walk, Decathlon

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 110mH, 400mH, 3000mSC, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw, 10km, Road Race, Half Marathon, Marathon, 20km Race Walk, 50km Race Walk, Heptathlon

Similar Events

Similar Events

50m indoor, 55m indoor, 60m indoor, 200m indoor, 300m, 300m indoor, 400m indoor, 500m, 500m indoor, 600m, 600m indoor, 800m indoor, 1000m, 1000m indoor, 1500m indoor, Mile, Mile indoor, 2000m, 2000m indoor, 3000m, 3000m indoor, 2 Miles, 2 Miles indoor, 5000m indoor, Cross Country – (WCH, only), 50mH indoor, 55mH indoor, 60mH indoor, 2000mSC, High Jump indoor, Pole Vault indoor, Long Jump indoor, Triple Jump indoor, Shot Put indoor, 5km Road Race, 15km Road Race, 10 Miles Road Race, 20km Road Race, 15 Miles Road Race, 25km Road Race, 30km Road Race, 20 Miles Road Race, 10km Race Walk, 10,000m Race Walk, 15km Race Walk, 15,000m Race Walk, 20,000m Race Walk, 30km Race Walk, 30,000m Race Walk, 35km Race Walk, 50,000m Race Walk, Heptathlon indoor

50m indoor, 55m indoor, 60m indoor, 200m indoor, 300m, 300m indoor, 400m indoor, 500m, 500m indoor, 600m, 600m indoor, 800m indoor, 1000m, 1000m indoor, 1500m indoor, Mile, Mile indoor, 2000m, 2000m indoor, 3000m, 3000m indoor, 2 Miles, 2 Miles indoor, 5000m indoor, Cross Country – (WCH, only), 50mH indoor, 55mH indoor, 60mH indoor, 2000mSC, High Jump indoor, Pole Vault indoor, Long Jump indoor, Triple Jump indoor, Shot Put indoor, 5km Road Race, 15km Road Race, 10 Miles Road Race, 20km Road Race, 15 Miles Road Race, 25km Road Race, 30km Road Race, 20 Miles Road Race, 5km Race Walk, 5000m Race Walk, 10km Race Walk, 10,000m Race Walk, 15km Race Walk, 15,000m Race Walk, 20,000m Race Walk, 30km Race Walk, 30,000m Race Walk, 35km Race Walk, 50,000m Race Walk, Pentathlon indoor

 

6.7. REQUIRED NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. These are shown in Table 6.6.

  1. The minimum number of Performance Scores in Overall Rankings is five (5).
  2. The minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events in Overall Rankings is three (3).

6.8. RANKING PERIOD AND DATE CORRECTION

  1. Only those Performance Scores are considered which were obtained by the athlete in a 12 months period prior to the date of the Ranking.
  2. In order to put more emphasis on performances achieved closer to the date of the Rankings, there is a certain amount of points deducted from older Performance Scores. For performances older than 9 months at the date of the Rankings, the points deduction is as follows:
    • 10th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -20 points deducted
    • 11th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -40 points deducted
    • 12th month prior to the date of the Rankings: -60 points deducted
  3. To avoid overweighting, competitions in the OW and DF Categories will only be included once in any edition of the Rankings, regardless of the 12-months rule. E.g. performances from the 2018 IAAF Diamond League Finals in Zürich or Brussels (DF category competitions) will be removed from the Rankings before the 2019 IAAF Diamond League Finals, even if they were within the 12-months period.
  4. In order to ensure that performances achieved at the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are calculated in the Rankings, the latest editions of the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are included in the Rankings calculation regardless of whether they fall in the Events’ respective Ranking Period.

6.9. WORLD RECORD BONUS

In case an athlete achieves a New World Record, or equals the World Record, bonus points are given as an extra reward for the obvious significance and promotional value of such performance. These World Record bonus points are added directly to the average of the Performance Scores to increase the Ranking Score of the athlete.

World Record bonus points are awarded for each world record performance achieved by the athlete in the ranking period, regardless of the fact that the performance is included in the Ranking calculation or not.

World Record bonus points are given as follows:

  1. Main Events
    • New World Record = 20 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
  2. Similar Events
    • New World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 5 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores

6.10. RANKING SCORE

  1. The Rankings are based on the Ranking Scores. Athletes are ranked in the Overall Rankings by their Ranking Scores.
  2. The Ranking Score is the average of Performance Scores.
  3. In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. Athletes who do not collect enough performances, cannot have a valid Ranking Score, and are thus ineligible for ranking. See details for each Event Group in the corresponding section.
  4. When calculating the Ranking Score the following factors are considered:
    • Event Groups, Main Events and Similar Events
    • Required number of performances for Ranking
    • Ranking period and date corrections
    • World Record performances

6.11. COMPARING EVENT RANKING AND OVERALL RANKING SCORES

The Overall Ranking Score of an athlete cannot be less than his Event Rankings Score in any Event Group where the athlete achieved a valid Ranking Score.

Due to the different ranking requirements of certain Event Groups in the Event Rankings (i.e. 5000m, 10,000 m, 3000mSC, Combined Events, Road Running, Marathon or 20km/50km Race Walking), where the minimum required performances and the Ranking Periods differ from those in the Overall Rankings, should the Ranking Score of an athlete in the Event Rankings be higher than those obtained in the Overall, the Event Ranking Score is regarded as the athlete’s Overall Ranking Score.