January 3rd, 2023

Tokyo and RAK Finish The Year On Top

Tokyo Marathon and RAK Half Marathon topped the 2022 World Athletics “Marathons” and “Road Running” rankings respectively.

Competition Performance Rankings of the year 2022 are finalised after the inclusion of the races held in the new year’s eve. Helped with Eliud Kipchoge’s winning time of 2:02:40, Tokyo Marathon is ranked number one by 10621 points in the marathons list whereas the Berlin Marathon, which saw the world record of 2:01:09 by Kipchoge, could only share the third place with Boston due to the slower results following the winner. London Marathon, the 18-time winner of the past 20 years, finished the year in fifth place.

Marathons held in Turkiye were on the fall compared to 2021. Istanbul Marathon ranked 44th while Marathon Izmir had to settle for a 51st place. In the rankings of separate genders, Istanbul is 49th, Izmir 63rd on the men’s side, and Istanbul 43rd, Izmir 47th in the women’s list.

Coming back from its cancellation in 2021, RAK Half Marathon is also back to the top of the rankings of the half marathons and races over shorter distance. RAK is followed by the Adizero 10km. Istanbul Half Marathon, second overall and first in the women-only in 2021, has become 13th overall, 5th in women’s rankings. Istanbul is still among the top three half marathons in women-only rankings when the shorter distances are removed from the list.

World Athletics Road Races Performance Rankings are based on the aggregate points of the fastest eight performances and the participation score of the competitors in a race. Top five events in 2022 and the rankings of the Turkish races are as follows:

1. Tokyo Marathon, 10621 points
2. Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon, 10431 points
3. BMW Berlin Marathon, 10389 points
3. Boston Marathon, 10389 points
5. TCS London Marathon, 10388 points
44. N Kolay Istanbul Marathon, 9129 points
51. Marathon Izmir, 9043 points

Other road running races:
1. RAK Half Marathon, 10697 points
2. Adizero Road to Records 10km, 10390 points
3. Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon, 10228 points
4. Adizero Road to Records 5km, 10040 points
5. Copenhagen Half Marathon, 10006 points
13. N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, 9829 points
123. Trabzon Half Marathon, 8566 points
149. Adana Liberation Half Marathon, 8353 points
173. Konya Half Marathon, 8126 points
289. Izmir 9 Eylül Half Marathon, 7368 points