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Hackney Back At The Top
5/16/2005

(Editors: Following are highlights of movement in the State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings as updated after last week's Wheeler Lake FLW Tour event. Now the rankings have extra significance in that the Top 25-ranked anglers in the world will qualify for the inaugural Cabela's Top Gun Championship. Top Gun will be held in Ft. Worth, Texas on Eagle Mountain Lake.)

Highlights this week:

> Greg Hackney displaces Marty Stone as the No. 1 angler in the world.

After last week's FLW Tour event on Alabama's Wheeler Lake, Greg Hackney once again takes over as the No. 1-ranked angler in the world.

In the last edition of the State Farm World Rankings, Hackney had only been a little over 2 World Rankings points behind former No. 1 angler Marty Stone. But a 4th at Wheeler Hackney's third Top 5 in four events and his fourth Top 20 in five events puts him almost 7 points ahead of Stone, who is now 2nd in the world.

To remain the No. 1 angler in the world through the end of the season, Hackney will have to perform well at four more events: the one remaining regular-season FLW Tour event (on the Potomac River in June), and the three championships in July and August: the FLW Tour Championship in mid-July, the Bassmaster Classic in late July and the Cabela's Top Gun Championship in mid-August.

Stone will have two shots to get the No. 1 position back: the Classic and Top Gun. But he also has Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam and Aaron Martens who remain 3rd, 4th and 5th in the world, respectively behind him.

Other notable movement:

> A 35th at Wheeler helps Takahiro Omori move back into the Top 10 at 10th.

> Mike Iaconelli finally got out of his cycle this year of good BASS finishes and horrible FLW ones. This week he climbs nine slots to 12th in the world.

> A 17th at Wheeler helps South Carolina's Anthony Gagliardi, who is having a good year, also climb nine slots to 18th in the world.

> A 21st at Wheeler helps Pennsylvania's Dave Lefebre move up eight spots to 20th in the world.

> Wheeler winner Alvin Shaw jumps 34 spots to 30th in the world.

> A 7th at Wheeler helps Michigan's Chad Grigsby jump 35 spots to 34th in the world.

> A 5th at Wheeler is Toshinari Namiki's third Top 5 in three events, including a win at the Ouachita River FLW. This week he jumps way up (37 spots) to 44th in the world.

> Indiana's Chip HaGagclis tititlas2ump