Pearson – Fast Becoming Greatest of All Time

Australia’s Sally Pearson crosses the line to win the gold in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The 2017 season was highlighted by Sally Pearson’s amazing gold medal winning performance at the London World Championships. It again highlighted the fact that Pearson raises her performance levels at major championships, and now has her ranked alongside the likes of Jared Tallent and Cathy Freeman as our greatest athletes of the past 25 years.

Pearson’s season highlights were as follows:

  • 1st – World Championships (12.59s)
  • 1st – Diamond League final (12.55s)
  • 1st – National Championships (12.53sw)
  • 2nd – London Diamond League (12.48s,SB)
  • 5th – Monaco Diamond League (12.68s)

Adding the above performances together (and adding in 10% of her 6th and 7th best performances of the 2017 season), her total points for the season totalled 7,150. This adds up her actual performance (linked to the IAAF points table) plus points based on her placing per event (thanks to all-athletics.com). Looking back through her career this has only been bettered in 2011 (World Champion, 7,351pts) and 2012 (Olympic Champion, 7,388pts).

Interesting to note that the only other athlete over the past 25 years to score over 7,300pts in one season was Freeman – scoring 7,361pts in 1996 when she won the silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics and scoring 7,342pts in 2000, when winning gold at the Sydney Olympics. Both 1996 and 2000 were outstanding years for Freeman, which included losing only twice over 400m (both to Maria-Jose Perec in 1996). It also included a memorable 400m win at Stawell (on grass) in 1996 when she won the final in 50.5h – after running 50.48s in her heat.

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  • Note: Pearson only competed three times over the 100m hurdles in 2016, before tearing her hamstring in training that saw her pull out of the Rio Olympic Games.

High Scoring Australian Athletes Over the Past 25 Years

Outside the achievements from both Pearson and Freeman we have also seen other great single season performances from our Australian stars. These have included:

  • 7,288pts: Mitchell Watt (Long Jump) in 2011 – included silver at WC
  • 7,274pts: Steve Hooker (Pole Vault) in 2009 – included gold at WC
  • 7,186pts: Dmitri Markov (Pole Vault) in 1999 – including silver at WC
  • 7,135pts: Jana Pittman (400mH) in 2003 – including gold at WC
  • 7,022pts: Jared Tallent (20km/50kmW) in 2012 – including gold at OG and World Cup

In 2017 we also witnessed the best ever single season performance from Dani Stevens (Discus Throw), who scored 6,980pts, which included a silver medal at the World Championships (69.64m) and a 2nd place effort at the Diamond League finals in Bruxelles (65.85m).

(April 1, 2017 – Source: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images AsiaPac)

On the men’s side, in 2017, Kurtis Marschall (right) was the leading performer across the year. Marschall scored 6,692pts in the pole vault, due to extremely consistent Diamond League performances (4th in Lausanne, 4th in Zurich and 6th in Monaco). These results also saw him clear 5.73m twice, showcasing the fact that he can mix it with the very best vaulters in the world – not bad for a 20 year-old in his first true season in Europe. The 2016 World Junior silver medalist is one to watch in 2018.

Overall the lists below show both the current stars of Australian athletics (Ryan Gregson, Dane Bird-Smith, Damien Birkinhead, Patrick Tiernan, Genevieve LaCaze, Lisa Weightman, Linden Hall and Brooke Stratton etc) plus athletes moving their way up the world rankings (such as Georgia Griffith, Keely Small, Riley Day, Rohan Browning, Mitch Copper, Chris Mitrevski, Joseph Deng etc). All of these athletes will be looking to put their best foot forward at this years Commonwealth Games – what a year it should be!

2017 Australian Power Rankings

 

Note: WR = Event world ranking

Minimum points to be included in rankings = 1,100pts

Rank Athlete Performance Event Place Venue Date WR Points
1 Ryan Gregson 3.36.50i 1500m 2 Birmingham 18-Feb 13 1,206
2 Dane Bird-Smith 1.19.28.0 20kmW 6 London WC 13-Aug 15 1,202
3 Damien Birkinhead 21.35 SP 2 Zagrab, CRO WCH 28-Aug 16 1,202
Bird-Smith 38.34.23 10kmW 1 Sydney NC 31-Mar 1 1,192
4 Kurtis Marschall 5.73 PV 4 Lausanne, SWE DL 6-Jul 17 1,192
5 Patrick Tiernan 7.37.76 3000m 4 London DL 9-Jul 11 1,190
6 Henry Frayne 8.21 LJ 1 La Chaux-de-Fonds, FRA 2-Jul 20 1,184
Gregson 3.34.37 1500m 6 Stockholm, DL 18-Jun 25 1,183
Tiernan 27.29.81 10000m 1 Stanford CA, USA 5-May 21 1,179
7 Sam McEntee 7.41.03 3000m 10 London DL 9-Jul 25 1,170
8 Nicholas Hough 13.44 110mH 1 Naimette-Xhovemont, BEL 9-Jul 43 1,170
9 Peter Bol 1.45.21 800m 1 Mannheim, GER 1-Jul 43 1,167
10 Luke Mathews 3.35.57 1500m 9 Hengelo, WCH 11-Jun 43 1,167
11 Steve Solomon 45.19 400m 1 Stanford CA, USA 29-Jun 44 1,167
12 Hamish Peacock 84.36 JT 1 Sydney NC 2-Apr 24 1,163
Gregson 7.42.19 3000m 7 Rabat DL 16-Jul 28 1,163
Tiernan 13.13.44 5000m 11 Eugene, DL 27-May 26 1,161
13 Morgan McDonald 13.15.83 5000m 10 Heusden, GER 22-Jul 37 1,152
14 Jordan Williamsz 3.36.87 1500m 2 Swarthmore, USA 15-May 69 1,149
15 Benn Harradine 64.67 DT 1 Enskede, SWE 19-Jul 28 1,146
McEntee 13.17.55 5000m 2 Stanford CA, USA 5-May 49 1,146
16 Rhydian Cowley 1.22.09.0 20kmW 9 Adelaide, OCH 9-Feb 81 1,145
17 Fabrice Lapierre 8.03 LJ 2 Boston, USA 4-Jun 56 1,144
Mathews 3.54.53 Mile 6 Eugene, OR USA 27-May 17 1,143
18 Rohan Browning 10.19 100m 1 Brisbane 16-Dec 113 1,142
19 Ian Dewhurst 49.77 400mH 1 Sydney NC 2-Apr 82 1,141
McEntee 3.37.48 1500m 3 Swarthmore, USA 15-May 89 1,141
20 Joshua Ralph 1.46.14 800m 2 Padova, ITA 3-Jun 90 1,139
21 Stewart McSweyn 13.19.98 5000m 1 Dublin, IRE 12-Jul 59 1,137
22 Brandon Starc 2.25 HJ 6 Kawasaki, JPN 21-May 57 1,135
23 Mitch Cooper 63.98 DT 1 Lawrence, USA 14-May 35 1,134
24 Jordan Gusman 3.37.97 1500m 8 Huelva, ESP 14-Jun 107 1,134
25 Michael Shelley 2.11.38.0 Marathon 10 London 23-Apr 259 1,133
26 Joshua Clarke 10.22 100m 1 Canberra 19-Feb 147 1,132
27 Chris Mitrevski 7.97 LJ 0 Canberra 12-Mar 75 1,131
Mathews 1.46.44 800m 1 Eagle Rock, USA 18-May 112 1,130
McSweyn 7.47.65 3000m 3 Turku, FIN 13-Jun 45 1,129
28 Angus Armstrong 5.50 PV 1 Sydney 23-Dec 81 1,129
29 Joseph Deng 1.46.51 800m 1 Kortrijk, NED 8-Jul 115 1,128
McDonald 3.55.79 Mile 2 Dublin, IRE 12-Jul 25 1,127
30 Brett Robinson 13.22.93 5000m 1 North Shore, NZL 26-Feb 74 1,127
31 Isaac Hockey 3.38.49 1500m 3 Kortrijk, NED 8-Jul 119 1,127
32 Joel Baden 2.24 HJ 1 Melbourne 10-Dec 69 1,126
33 Tom Gamble 20.61 200m 1 Canberra 19-Feb 152 1,126
McSweyn 3.55.97 Mile 2 Cork, IRE 18-Jul 27 1,125
34 Matthew Denny 63.15 DT 1 Geelong 19-Mar 44 1,118
35 Luke Cann 81.07 JT 1 Townsville 8-Jun 47 1,117
36 Liam Adcock 7.90 LJ 1 Brisbane 25-Feb 103 1,116
37 Rorey Hunter 3.39.28 1500m 1 Coquitlam, CAN 28-Jun 153 1,116
38 Matthew Ramsden 3.39.39 1500m 3 Eagle Rock, USA 18-May 155 1,115
39 Trae Williams 10.27 100m 1 Canberra 19-Feb 199 1,115
Williamsz 3.56.89 Mile 6 Birmingham DL 20-Aug 36 1,113
Gregson 3.56.90 Mile 11 Eugene, OR USA DL 27-May 37 1,113
40 Shemiah James 7.88 LJ 2 Brisbane 25-Feb 116 1,112
41 Collis Birmingham 7.50.47 3000m 2 Cork, IRE 18-Jul 58 1,112
42 Liam Adams 2.12.52.0 Marathon 9 Berlin 24-Sep 348 1,111
Gusman 3.57.29 Mile 1 Sydney 23-Dec 41 1,108
43 Joseph Baldwin 2.22 HJ 1 Sydney NJC 28-Mar 98 1,108
Birmingham 13.28.29 5000m 2 Dublin, IRE 12-Jul 112 1,108
44 Steve Knuckey 1.47.23 800m 3 Canberra 19-Feb 178 1,106
45 Adam Pyke 3.40.02 1500m 2 Padova, ITA 16-Jul 180 1,106
46 David McNeill 13.29.11 5000m 2 North Shore, NZL 26-Feb 118 1,105
47 Alex Rowe 1.47.29 800m 3 Sydney NC 1-Apr 185 1,105
Tiernan 3.57.59 Mile 6 Cork, IRE 18-Jul 45 1,104
McSweyn 8.34.25 3000mSt 1 Goteborg, SWE 10-Jun 130 1,103
48 Stephen Clough 5.40 PV 1 Perth 16-Mar 132 1,102
49 Lachlan Barber 1.47.42 800m 4 Sydney NC 1-Apr 204 1,101
50 James Hansen 3.40.42 1500m 2 Melbourne 14-Dec 192 1,101
Rank Athlete Performance Event Place Venue Date WR Points
1 Dani Stevens 69.64 DT 2 London WC 13-Aug 2 1,249
2 Sally Pearson 12.48 100mH 2 London DL 9-Jul 3 1,221
3 Kathryn Mitchell 66.12 JT 3 Lausanne DL 6-Jul 8 1,192
4 Genevieve LaCaze 9.24.52 3000mSt 6 Berlin, DL 27-Aug 21 1,182
5 Lisa Weightman 2.25.15.0 Marathon 5 London 23-Apr 44 1,180
LaCaze 8.45.81i 3000m 9 Birmingham 18-Feb 11 1,177
6 Linden Hall 4.04.37 1500m 2 Portland, USA 11-Jun 32 1,171
7 Brooke Stratton 6.79 LJ 3 London DL 9-Jul 10 1,171
8 Zoe Buckman 4.04.93 1500m 8 Rabat, DL 16-Jul 42 1,166
Pearson 11.17 100m 1 Brisbane 16-Dec 53 1,163
Hall 4.23.96 Mile 9 London DL 9-Jul 10 1,163
9 Jess Trengove 2.27.01.0 Marathon 10 London 23-Apr 78 1,162
10 Kelsey-Lee Roberts 64.53 JT 2 Zurich DL 24-Aug 12 1,162
11 Madeline Hills 31.41.10 10000m 7 Palo Alto, USA 5-May 30 1,156
12 Michelle Jenneke 12.99 100mH 1 Canberra 12-Mar 55 1,151
13 Georgia Griffith 4.07.32 1500m 1 Portland, USA 16-Jun 73 1,147
14 Naa Anang 6.68 LJ 1 Chaux de Fonds, SUI 2-Jul 26 1,147
Griffith 2.00.90 800m 3 Portland, USA 11-Jun 59 1,146
15 Jenny Blundell 4.07.72 1500m 12 Shanghai, DL 13-May 79 1,144
16 Lauren Wells 55.97 400mH 1 Canberra 11-Mar 43 1,143
17 Brianna Beahan 13.06 100mH 1 Perth 24-Mar 74 1,142
18 Morgan Mitchell 51.65 400m 1 Canberra 11-Mar 50 1,140
19 Virginia Moloney 2.29.14.0 Marathon 5 Gold Coast 2-Jul 141 1,140
Hills 15.12.63 5000m 9 Heusden, BEL 22-Jul 51 1,139
20 Celia Sullohern 2.29.27.0 Marathon 1 Melbourne 15-Oct 150 1,138
21 Regan Lamble 1.29.58.0 20kmW 1 Adelaide 19-Feb 34 1,138
22 Keely Small 2.01.46 800m 1 Canberra 11-Mar 70 1,136
23 Ella Nelson 23.00 200m 1 Canberra 12-Mar 93 1,135
24 Eloise Wellings 15.14.54 5000m 10 Heusden, BEL 22-Jul 55 1,135
25 Victoria Mitchell 9.44.09 3000mSt 1 Sydney NC 2-Apr 71 1,134
26 Brittany McGowan 2.01.72 800m 4 Barcelona, ESP 29-Jun 81 1,132
27 Nina Kennedy 4.55 PV 1 Perth 24-Feb 29 1,130
28 Melissa Breen 11.33 100m 2 Canberra 18-Feb 123 1,129
29 Lora Storey 2.01.90 800m 2 Canberra 11-Mar 85 1,128
Blundell 4.28.82 Mile 10 Lausanne DL 6-Jul 25 1,128
30 Heidi See 8.54.13 3000m 3 Rovereto, ITA 29-Aug 40 1,125
31 Anneliese Rubie 2.02.18 800m 1 Eagle Rock, USA 18-May 101 1,124
32 Abbey de la Motte 2.02.19 800m 4 Canberra 11-Mar 102 1,123
See 4.10.42 1500m 9 Naimette, BEL 19-Jul 123 1,123
33 Eleanor Patterson 1.90 HJ 1 Melbourne 27-Jan 42 1,121
34 Nicola McDermott 1.90 HJ 1 Brisbane 16-Jul 42 1,121
Rubie 52.17 400m 1 Sydney 16-Dec 105 1,120
See 15.22.36 5000m 1 Palo Alto, USA 5-May 79 1,120
35 Liz Parnov 4.51 PV 1 Perth 24-Mar 38 1,117
36 Sinead Diver 2.31.37.0 Marathon 10 Nagoya, JPN 12-Mar 226 1,117
Wellings 32.26.31 10000m 22 London WC 5-Aug 77 1,116
37 Beki Smith 1.31.23.0 20kmW 3 Adelaide 19-Feb 51 1,113
Sullohern 32.31.22 10000m 1 Melbourne 14-Dec 86 1,112
Wells 6.52 LJ 0 Brisbane 16-Dec 79 1,112
McGowan 4.12.14 1500m 3 Goteborg, SWE 10-Jun 164 1,110
Buckman 2.03.00 800m 6 Lignano, ITA 12-Jul 143 1,109
Trengove 32.35.06 10000m 2 Melbourne 14-Dec 90 1,108
38 Riley Day 23.26 200m 1 Sydney 29-Mar 158 1,108
39 Jess Thornton 23.29 200m 1 Sydney 2-Dec 180 1,105
40 Selma Kajan 2.03.27 800m 5 Barcelona, ESP 29-Jun 168 1,104
41 Bri Ilarda 9.56.33 3000mSt 1 Villanova, USA 12-May 113 1,104
42 Stella Radford 9.56.47 3000mSt 2 Sydney NC 2-Apr 114 1,104
43 Jessica Peris 23.31 200m 1 Brisbane 3-Dec 185 1,103
44 Cassie Fien 2.33.01.0 Marathon 14 Osaka, JPN 29-Jan 273 1,103
45 Liz Clay 13.36 100mH 3 Canberra 12-Mar 190 1,102
46 Abbie Taddeo 13.36 100mH 2 Sydney NC 2-Apr 190 1,102
47 Frances Schmiede 4.13.13 1500m 4 Lexington, USA 27-May 186 1,102
48 Hannah Joye 1.88 HJ 1 Brisbane 23-Feb 58 1,101
49 Zoe Timmers 1.88 HJ 1 Canberra 11-Mar 58 1,101
50 Alicia Keir 2.03.45 800m 6 Canberra 11-Mar 180 1,101
51 Bendere Oboya 52.69 400m 1 Nassau, BAH YOG 21-Jul 167 1,100
See 2.03.51 800m 3 Auckland, NZL 26-Feb 186 1,100
52 Jessica Hull 4.13.48 1500m 4 Eugene, USA 5-May 196 1,100
53 Paige Campbell 9.57.78 3000mSt 1 Melbourne 19-Dec 124 1,100

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