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Marion Jones ousted from rankings top spot

Marion Jones suffered her second setback in a week as she was ousted from the head of the overall women’s rankings just seven days after her defeat in the women’s 100m in Edmonton.

In the latest edition of the IAAF World Rankings, released yesterday, Jones' compatriot, world pole vault champion Stacy Dragila, leapt to the No.1 spot with her victory in Edmonton succeeding a season of records and consistent excellence in her event.

But Dragila’s margin is slim – she has 1462 points to Jones’ 1455 – and she will have to continue to excel if she wishes to retain her lead.

Three-peating in the 110m hurdles has elevated the USA’s Allen Johnson to the number three spot in the men’s overall (previously 12), where he is tailed by a mere two points by Algeria’s Ali Saidi-Sief. The table for the men is headed by Maurice Greene (USA), with Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj in second place, with both of these athletes having successfully defended their titles in Edmonton.

In the individual Rankings, a number of changes have occurred at the head of the Event Rankings. Most notable perhaps, is the success of Australian pole vaulter Dmitry Markov. His World Championship win with a clearance of 6.05 metres has taken him to the head of the vault rankings from his previous sixth position.

The full rankings with all movements are available on the IAAF web site.