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18.08.2005 Sports News

Gaisah, Simpson, Zakari Up In IAAF World Rankings

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Gaisah, Simpson, Zakari Up In IAAF World Rankings
LISTEN AUG 18, 2005

Ghana's medalists at the just ended World Athletics Championships have had impressed rankings in the latest list released by the International Association of Athletics Federation(IAAF).

Africa's heptathlete queen and bronze medalist at the Helsinki Championship,Margaret Simpson,is now the third best in the world with 1,260,four places better than last month's rankings where she was ranked seventh.

Olympic and world champion,Carolina Kluft of Sweden maintained her position as the world number one while Kelly Sotherton of Great Britain is second with 1300.

Silver medalist in the men's long jump,Ignatius Gaisah, jumped into second place from the previous ranking of third,overtaking Olympic silver medalist,Joan Lino Martinez of Spain.

The top position is still occupied by the gold medalist for both the world and Olympics, Dwight Philips of the USA. Finland's Tommi Evila, who was a surprise bronze medalist, the only medal for Finland at the Helsinki event,has risen to a surprising fourth place.

Despite his disappointing finish in the final at the World event,sprint king,Aziz Zakari,finished an impressive third in the latest ranking only trailing the world record holder,Jamaica's Asafa Powell and the Olympic and world champion, Justin Gatlin.

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