2018 All-Pro Track & Field World Best
It’s been a great 2018 Outdoor season that has given us a lot to cheer about. Below, we list our top athletes in the sport for this season by each event. Our selections reflect which athlete was better than any other competitor in their respective event during the season.
*Women’s First Team All-Pro Track & Field Selections*
100 Meter Dash– Marie Josee’ Ta-Lou (Ivory Coast)- She opened her outdoor season with a 10.85 win in the event at he Pre-Classic Diamond League, and did not look back from there. She won a whopping ten 100 meter dash races this outdoor season with her only defeat coming at the Final in Zurich. She held the World leading time all season sharing it with Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith. She also finished the season with five sub-11 times in the 100 meter dash.
200 Meter Dash- Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas)- She went undefeated in the event the entire Outdoor season winning all seven of her 200 meter dash races. She had a season’s best 22.06 in the event. She took home her 2nd Diamond League title(2017&2018) in the event this season.
400 Meter Dash- Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas)- In only three races this season she showed the World she’s the best in the event. Miller-Uibo, won all three meetings in the event this season with her best performance coming at the Monaco Diamond League clocking an Bahamian record 48.97 that was a 2018 World leading time.
800 Meters- Caster Semenya (South Africa)- She went 10-0 during the Outdoor season in the event. Included in those 10 wins she won the gold medal at the Commonwealth games, and her 3rd Diamond league title(2016,2017,and 2018) in the event. Her season’s best time was 1:54.25 which was the World lead for 2018. Semenya, had the top 4 times in the event this season.
1500 Meters- Shelby Houlihan (USA)- She won four competitions during the 201 Outdoor season in the event, and finished 2nd place in the other competitions. Her season’s best was a 3:57.34 new American Record, and was the #2 time in the World during the season. The last 100 meters of the race, she has the foot speed to close the door.
5000 Meters- Hellen Obiri (Kenya)- During the 2018 Outdoor season she won four out of five races in the event. In those wins she won the Commonwealth gold medal, and took home her 2nd career Diamond League title (2017 &2018) in the event. Obiri, had the World lead in the event this season of 14:21.75.
3000 Meter Steeplechase- Beatrice Chepkoech (Kenya)- Their was only one name going in this spot. Chepkoech, broke the World Record in the 3000m Women’s Steeplechase this season with a time of 8:44.32. She has run fast times in the event all season, she held the top 3 times in the World for the event this season. Within her 6 wins in the event this season she took home her first Diamond League championship in the event.
Long Jump- Caterine Ibarguen (Columbia)- She took home the title for the Long Jump in the Diamond League, Continental Cup, and the CAC games for the 2018 Outdoor season. Not to mention on her last jump of the season she had her season’s best 6.93m that also set a New Columbian National Record. Ibarguen, won 4 long jump competitions this season.
Triple Jump- Caterine Ibarguen (Columbia)- She won all 8 of her triple jump competitions this season. She was simply on another planet!! During the 2018 Outdoor season she held the top 6 out 7 triple jump marks, her top two marks were 14.96m(World Lead), and 14.92m(#2 in the World).
High Jump– Maria Lasitskene (ANA)- When she stepped on the track for the High Jump during the 2018 Outdoor season she almost Automatic to win the competition. Lasitskene, won 14 out her 15 competitions during the Outdoor season. WOW!! She made the podium in every single competition. Among those 14 wins was her 2nd career Diamond League title, and 2018 European Championship. Lasitskene, also held the top 4 jumps on the World list this season (2.04,2.04,2.03,2.02).
100 Meter Hurdles- Brianna McNeal (USA)- This is the toughest event in the Sport of Athletics to name the best athlete. Why? These women line up week after week against each other, and we get a different winner every single race. With that being said we gave the edge to Brianna McNeal this season. McNeal, was busy during the 2018 Outdoor season where she 13 100 Meter Hurdle competitions. She was victorious in 8 of those meetings, and finishing in 2nd place in three of those meetings. She took home her 1st career Diamond League trophy in the event. Her season’s best was 12.38 which was the #2 time in the World.
400 Meter Hurdles- Sydney McLaughlin (USA)- We wanted to see her run a few Diamond league races, but it was definitely a smart move not to. McLaughlin, only ran the event in four meetings this season, but she put on a show during those four. She ran a World Leading time of 52.75 at the SEC Outdoor Championships, and was the only hurdler to go sub 53 during the Out door season.
Pole Vault- Katerina Stefanídi (Greece)- She won 5 Pole Vault competitions this Outdoor Season. She always performs on the big stage, and this season was no different. Stefanídi, won her 3rd straight Diamond League title, her 2nd career European Championship.
Shot Put- Lijiao Gong (China)- She was completely unstoppable during the 2018 Outdoor season. Gong, was a perfect 9/9 in shot put competitions this season where she won her 2nd Diamond League title and had the top 5 throws in the World this season, with her best mark being 20.38m.
Discus- Sandra Perkovic (Croatia)- During the 2018 Outdoor season she held the top 7 performances on the World list. To go with that she won 10 out 12 of her Discus competitions this season with her best throw being 71.38m at the Doha Diamond League. Perkovic, won her 5th consecutive European Discus Championship this season which made history.
Hammer Throw- Anita Wlodarcyk (Poland)- She won 7 out of 10 Hammer throw competitions this season, and held the top 3 performances in the World during the season. She also won her 4th consecutive European championship in 2018.
Javelin- Kathryn Mitchell (Australia)- She went 7-0 during the 2018 Outdoor season, with one of those wins coming at the 2018 Commonwealth games. Mitchell, held the top two Javelin throws in the World this season 68.92 (World Lead), 68.84m.
*Men’s First Team All-Pro Track & Field Selections*
100 Meter Dash– Christian Coleman (USA)-The Outdoor season didn’t start with the bang some fans expected, but it surely ended with one. Coleman, closed out the 2018 Outdoor Season with 3 straight victories in the 100 meter dash. The last claimed his first Diamond League trophy in the 100 meter dash event, and gave him the World leading time of 9.79 for the season. His 9.79 Personal best puts him #7 on the 100 meter dash all-time list, and 4th in American history.
200 Meter Dash- Noah Lyles (USA)- This season he had 4 times under 19.70 in the 200 meter dash, and held the top 2 times in the World this season. He ran sub 20 in every 200 meter dash that he ran during the season, and all those races were victories (5-0 during the season). Lyles, won his second straight Diamond League title in the event this season.
400 meter Dash- Michael Norman Jr. (USA)- What did we just witness?!?! He ran a new NCAA Record in the Men’s 400 meter dash 43.61 in the rain, and probably had more in the tank. That time was the fastest in the event for the 2018 season, and ranks #6 on the all-time list.
800 Meters– Emmanuel Korir (Kenya)- He won all 6 of his 800 meter races during the 2018 Outdoor season against great competition. His World leading time of 1:42.05 that he ran at the London Anniversary Games ranks #6 on the all-time list. He won his first career Diamond League title last month.
1500 Meters– Timothy Cheruiyot (Kenya)- He ended the season on an 6 race winning streak in the 1500 meters. He won 8 races this season in the event, and took home his 2nd career Diamond League title. His World lead of 3:28.41 this season ranks #7 on the all-time list.
5000 Meters– Selemon Barega (Ethiopia)- It just takes one race sometimes, and that was the case for this young man in 2018. Barega, ran a World leading 12:43.02 that was the New World Under 20 Record, and 4th fastest time ever.
3000 Meter Steeplechase- Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya)- 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, 2018 Kenyan Championships Gold Medalist, 2018 Diamond League Champion.
Long Jump– Juan Miguel Echevarria (Cuba)- He won 5 of his 6 meetings during the 2018 Outdoor season for the Long Jump. He held the top 2 long jump marks in the World this season (8.68m World Lead, 8.53m). His World lead of 8.68m ranks as the #11 jump on the all-time list. Don’t forget about the +2.1 8.83m!!!
Triple Jump– Pedro Pablo Pichardo (Portugal)- He had the World Lead in the 2018 season of 17.95m, which ranks as the # 7 performance of the all-time list. He had 4 wins on the season, and winning his first career Diamond League Trophy.
110 Meter Hurdles- Sergey Shubenkov (ANA)- He has a full 2018 Outdoor season that consisted of 15 meetings. During those 15 meeting he was victorious in 11 of those, and he made the podium in every final that he ran during the season. Shubenkov, won his 2nd Diamond League title this season. He held the top 7 performances on the World list for the event, and was the only Male Hurdler to go under sub 13 this season where he did it 4 times.
400 Meter Hurdles– Abderrahman Samba (Qatar)- He went undefeated during the Outdoor season in the event winning all 9 of his races. He had 6 of the top 7 times in the World this season, with his season’s best being 46.98. His World lead of 46.98 that he ran in Paris Diamond League race was the second fastest time in History, and he became only the second athlete in history to go under 47 seconds in the event.
Pole Vault- Armand Duplantis (Sweden)- He won 9 Pole Vault Competitions during the 2018 season, and not just any competitions……BIG ONES! One of those was winning the European Pole Vault Championship with an World leading 6.05m World Under 20 Record.
Shot Put- Tomas Walsh (New Zealand)- He competed in a whopping 22 Outdoor shot put competitions this season, in which he won 15 of those competitions. In those victories were the 2018 Gold medal at the Commonwealth games, and his 2nd Diamond League trophy of his career. He held the top 2 marks in the event for the season.
Discus- Fredrick Dacres (Jamaica)- He started the season winning his first 11 competitions in the Discus Throw, and ended the season winning his last 8 competitions. A few of his accomplishments were: 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal, 2018 Gold Medal NACAC Championships, London Athletics World Cup Gold Medal, and 2018 Diamond League Trophy. He won 21 Discus Competitions during the 2018 season.
Hammer Throw- Wojciech Nowicki (Poland)-He won 8 of his 14 Hammer throw competitions this season, and held the top 2 marks in the World this season. He won his first European championship this season.
Javelin- Thomas Rohler (Germany)- Why him?? He won his first European Championship of his career to go along with the way he finished the season. Rohler, won his final two competitions of the season in Berlin & Ostrava.