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Annual Rankings of Top Runners in the World Released

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Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/31/2013 -- The annual rankings of the top distance runners in the world, the U.S. and Canada has been released. The Running Times Runners of the Year rankings consider results from all distances on the track and roads from 3,000m to the marathon. Those that win or place highly during the year’s most competitive races are rewarded.

Mo Farah locked in the position as the dominant distance runner of the decade by securing a third consecutive No. 1 spot.

On the women’s side, Meseret Defar guaranteed a return to the top spot for the first time since 2009. Defar did so by winning the year’s most competitive race, the Aug. 29 Weltklasse Zurich 5,000m.

The Runners of the Year Rankings are as follows:

Runners of the Year — World Men
Mohamed Farah (ENG)
Yenew Alamirew (ETH)
Hagos Gebrehiwot (ETH)
Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (KEN)
Bernard Lagat (AZ/USA)
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor (KEN)
Muktar Edris (ETH)
Isiah Kiplangat Koech (KEN)
Paul Tanui Kipngetich (KEN)
Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH)

Runners of the Year — World Women
Meseret Defar (ETH)
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Priscah Jeptoo (KEN)
Mercy Cherono (KEN)
Gladys Cherono (KEN)
Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (KEN)
Emily Chebet Muge (KEN)
Lucy Wangui Kabuu (KEN
Genzebe Dibaba Kenene (ETH)
Florence Chebet Kiplagat (KEN)

U.S. Men
Bernard Lagat, AZ
Galen Rupp, OR
Benjamin True, OR
Aaron Braun, CO
Christopher Derrick, CA
Dathan Ritzenhein, OR
Andrew Bumbalough, TN
Ryan Hill, NC
Will Leer, MN
Evan Jager, OR

Canadian Men
Cam Levins
Mohammed Ahmed
Kelly Wiebe
Robin Watson
Dylan Wykes
Runners of the Year — U.S. Women & Canadien Women

U.S. Women
Shalane Flanagan, OR
Molly Huddle, IN
Abbey D'Agostino, NH
Kim Conley, CA
Emily Sisson, RI
Emily Infeld, DC
Jordan Hasay, OR
Shannon Rowbury, NC
Emma Bates, ID
Mattie Suver, C
Canadian Women
Andrea Seccafien
Lanni Marchant
Natasha Fraser
Krista DuChene
Nicole Sifuentes

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