Athletics Prediction Contests (33rd edition)

For the 19th World Athletics Championships
Budapest Saturday 19 - 27 August 2023

Contest 1: Predict all the medal winners.
Contest 2: Predict the 20 biggest favorites.
As usual no entrance fee and the traditional money prizes.

Entrance to the contests and mutations to your predictions is not longer possible.

Looking upfront on the chosen athletes and the links to the details gives even more fun.

With registration you agreed that your entries, scores, name, country are stored and published on this
site. Entries with no full name will be handled as not competing for the prizes and ranking, see rules.
Those will be labeled upfront or later with a * as soon as I notice.
The spirit of this game is to play with an open mind.

Eternal Fame

Winner of the 2023 Top3 Contest with 207 participants is Tobias Steige from Germany.
Second Palmiro Candreva from Italy and third Gustavo Candelas from Spain.

Winner of the 2023 Pick20 Contest with 264 participants is Jon Mulkeen from Great Britain
Second Kay Schaafsma from the Netherlands and third Robbie Dale from Great Britain.

Congratulations everyone. Eternal fame for Tobias and Jon. All winners are highly experienced contesters.
I am more and more convinced: winning is more an art than luck.
For Tobias this was already his 12th participation with a 5th place as his best till date.
Palmiro won last year and now tops the all-time rankings with his 5th participation, winning almost
twice in a row. Gustavo (10th particpation) is the contest winner of 2015 and 2018!
Santi, Mattia, Pat & Roope also already earlier in the top 10.
For Jon this was already his 18th participation in Top3 (1st in 2003) and 10th in the pick20 contest
(3rd in 2013). For Kay this was his 17th participation since 1999. But he participated also already in the
very first years - 1991? Where did I save those results anyway?
And ...15 chose the wrong Ingebrigtsen and 22 the wrong Alekna brother. Fortunately not decisive.

All time rankings
The All time Top3 and Pick20 rankings (default based on Average Percent Rank) are updated and
are lead by: Santi Velasco and Joaquãn Carmona Torre (unbridgeable lead). The former leader
Oliver Garner had a lesser year (58th) and lost its top spot with Gustavo and Palmiro appearing in the
top3 with their 5th participation. With his 3rd good result in the Pick20 contest Jonathan Berenbom is
someone to follow for the future.

Upward trend
With 307 participants in the Top3 Contest, and 264 on the Pick20 Contest, we have the highest numbers
since London 2017. That was the last year of that serie of tournaments (2011+).
A great result, which I am very happy with and no idea why.

Hope to see you participating next year with the Olympic Championships in Paris.

Ronald vW

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Scoring model for 2023
Ranking Top3
49 events
 Rank   Delta   Name   Country   Pts 
 1.  0  Tobias Steige   GER   284 
 2.  0  Palmiro Candreva   ITA   281 
 3.  0  Gustavo Candelas   ESP   280 
 4.  0  Mattia Vitali   ITA   278 
 5.  0  Peter Peereboom   NED   277 
 more ...  (*: outside competition)
Ranking Pick20
49 events
 Rank   Delta   Name   Country 
 1.  0  Jon Mulkeen   GBR  178 
 2.  0  Kay Schaafsma   NED  175 
 3.  0  Robbie Dale   GBR  174 
 4.  0  Angel Arias   ESP  172 
 5.  0  Jose Eloy Ramos   ESP  172 
more ...
Figures Prizes(sponsored by the organizer)
 Description   Event   S   Athlete   Country   Value   Top3 No. 1   Top3 No. 2   Top3 No. 3 
 Nr of top3 entries  307  100 € 50 € 25 €
 Most predicted winner  Triple  w  ROJAS   VEN  305 
 Least predicted winner  20kmw  m  ZHANG   CHN  88 
 Most average points scored  Pole  m  8.56 
 Most 10 points scored  200m  m  93 
 more ... 
 Description   Event   S   Athlete   Country   Value   Pick20 No. 1   Pick20 No. 2   Pick20 No. 3 
 Nr of pick20 entries  264  100 € 50 € 25 €
 Highest average points assigned  400mH  w  BOL  NED  16.96 
Hall of Fame Top3
 Year   Winner   Country 
 2023   Tobias Steige    GER 
 2022   Palmiro Candreva    ITA 
 2021   Santi Velasco    ESP 
 2019   Alvaro Marin    ESP 
 2018   Gustavo Candelas    ESP 
 2017   Jonathan Phillips    IRL 
 2016   Sampsa Lahtonen    FIN 
 2015   Gustavo Candelas    ESP 
 2014   Jacobo Fernandez    ESP 
 2013   Frank Meier    GER 
 1988 - 2012   more ... 
Flag Counter
Hall of Fame Pick20
 Year   Winner   Country 
 2023   Jon Mulkeen    GBR 
 2022   Michael Stebbins    USA 
 2021   Martin Limo    GBR 
 2019   Johan Timby    SWE 
 2018   Daniel Grooms    GBR 
 2017   Frans Häggblom    FIN 
 2016   Ruben van den Berghe    BEL 
 2015   Marc Masip    ESP 
 2014   Joeri van Egmond    NED 
 2013   Simon Rio    ESP 
 2011 - 2012   more ...