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August 22, 2016
Rio Olympics produces highest ever competition score

The Olympic Games in Rio produced the highest ever Competition Score since the introduction of the Competition Rankings.

Three incredible world records, some close-to-world-record performances and extremely high level results in most events in Rio: This is all very well reflected in numbers when we examine the Competitions Scores of the Competition Rankings.

Until now last year's World Championships in Beijing was the leader in the Multi-day competition category with quite a big margin, but now the 2016 Olympic Games is well ahead in the list.


 Top-12 competitions since the introduction of such rankings in 2001:

2016Olympic GamesRio de Janeiro (BRA)195 953
2015IAAF World ChampionshipsBeijing (CHN)194 547
2013IAAF World ChampionshipsMoscow (MOS192 664
2012Olympic GamesLondon (GBR)192 456
2008Olympic GamesBeijing (CHN)191 749
2009IAAF World ChampionshipsBerlin (GER)191 168
2004Olympic GamesAthens (GRE)190 871
2003IAAF World ChampionshipsParis (FRA)190 412
2007IAAF World ChampionshipsOsaka (JPN)190 095
2011IAAF World ChampionshipsDaegu (KOR)190 052
2005IAAF World ChampionshipsHelsinki (FIN)189 601
2001IAAF World ChampionshipsEdmonton (CAN)189 010

Hereby the rules of the Competition Rankings.


August 22, 2016
Top 20 single performances of the 2016 Olympic Games

Wayde van Niekerk (400m) and Anita Włodarczyk (Hammer Throw) lead the Top-20 male and female single performances list respectively of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, published by

The lists were calculated according to the rules of the Overall Rankings.

South Africa's miracle man Wayde van Niekerk not only won the Olympic gold after his World title from last year but broke Michael Johnson's 'unbreakable' 400m world record. No wonder his incredible performance was the best of the best in Rio.

In the men's list van Niekerk is followed by the Jamaican 4x100m realy team which was full of stars. Local hero the Brazilian pole vaulter Thiago Braz managed to beat the wonderful Renaud Lavillenie and is third in the list.

The number one superstar of athletics Usain Bolt's 100m performance is the next in the list followed by the huge Shot put mark of Ryan Crouser.

King of the two-lap distance David Rudisha ruled the 800m again and his performance is sixth in this special list, just ahead of Usain Bolt's 200m. The Top10 is completed by Christian Taylor, Ashton Eaton and Derek Drouin.

Interesting to notice that besides two Africans the top-10 consists of performances achieved by Athletes from Americas.

We could witness two magnificent world records in the women's events. In fact both should be listed as number 1, but Anita Włodarczyk's Hammer Throw world record is slightly ahead of Almaz Ayana's world 10000m record. Indeed both are quite incredible achievements! 

For those who are not really familiar with Hammer Throw results: Włodarczyk's mark is nearly 3 metres better than the all-time 2nd best hammer thrower's PB. She won the Gold medal in Rio by beating the silver medallist by 5 and a half metres and was ahead of the bronze medallist by almost 8 metres!

Meanwhile Ayana broke a 23-year-old world 10000m record by 14 seconds and was way ahead of the field in a super 10000m race.

These two astonishing world record performances are followed by the US 4x100m relay team's world all-time 2nd best mark. What if they had a better lane draw...

Elaine Thompson's golden sprint performances come next in the list with the 100m result marginally better. Then another all-time 2nd best result is listed in 6th, Ruth Jebet just missed out the world record in the 3000m steeplechase.

Two field event Athletes share the 7th spot, Sandra Perković (Discus Throw) and Tianna Bartoletta (Long Jump) are listed ahead of Caster Semenya (800m) while Nafissatou Thiam's Heptathlon gold medal performance completes the women's Top-10.

All results from Rio are available in our viewer friendly format and lots of updated statistics including the 2016 Top Lists and the All-Time Top Lists can also be found.

The Athlete Profiles of all participants have been updated on, the most comprehensive worldwide athletics database website.

Top 20 Performances of the World Championships in Rio:

NameNat.    Event                     Pos.Result          Performance Score
Wayde van NiekerkRSA400m
143.03 (WR)1641
Thiago BrazBRAPole Vault16.031575
Usain BoltJAM100m19.81 (+0.2)1573
Ryan CrouserUSAShot Put122.521572
David RudishaKEN800m11:42.151562
Usain BoltJAM200m119.78 (-0.5)1558
Christian TaylorUSATriple Jump117.86 (+0.7)1557
Ashton EatonUSADecathlon188931557
Derek DrouinCANHigh Jump12.381551
Omar McLeodJAM110m Hurdles113.05 (+0.2)1545
Kerron ClementUSA400m Hurdles147.731545
Conseslus KiprutoKEN3000m steeple18:03.281543
Thomas RöhlerGERJavelin Throw190.301539
United StatesUSA4x400m13:57.301534
Kirani JamesGRN400m243.761527
Jeff HendersonUSALong Jump18.38 (+0.2)1521
Renaud LavillenieFRAPole Vault25.981521
Mo FarahGBR10000m127:05.171518
Matej TóthSVK50km RW13:40:581517
Anita WłodarczykPOLHammer Throw182.29 (WR)1612
Almaz AyanaETH10000m129:17.45 (WR)1607
United StatesUSA4x100m141.011576
Elaine ThompsonJAM100m110.71 (+0.5)1564
Elaine ThompsonJAM200m121.78 (-0.1)1561
Ruth JebetBRN3000m steeple18:59.751545
Sandra PerkovićCRODiscus Throw169.211541
Tianna BartolettaUSALong Jump17.17 (+0.6)1541
Caster SemenyaRSA800m11:55.281538
Nafissatou ThiamBELHeptathlon168101535
Vivian Jepkemoi CheruiyotKEN10000m229:32.531533
Dalilah MuhammadUSA400m Hurdles153.131532
United StatesUSA4x400m13:19.321532
Vivian Jepkemoi CheruiyotKEN5000m114:26.171530
Shaunae MillerBAH400m149.441528
Brianna RollinsUSA100m Hurdles112.48 (0.0)1521
Caterine IbarguenCOLTriple Jump115.17 (+0.4)1520
Katerina StefanidiGREPole Vault14.851515
Michelle CarterUSAShot Put120.631514