Last week I took a look at how my spreadsheets ranked the top ten athletes in men’s track and field. Today I’ll look at the women.
My points system rewards competing often and at a high level against the best competition. Going undefeated isn’t as important as winning all or most of the biggest meets.
Honorable Mention (more than 150 points)
Veronica Campbell-Brown (sprints, Jamaica); Liliya Shobukhova (marathon, Russia); Brittney Reese (long jump, USA); Nadine Muller (discus, Germany); Jessica Ennis (heptathlon, Great Britain)
10. Tied: Kellie Wells and Danielle Carruthers (both 100 hurdles, USA) 160 points
These two ladies have traded wins all season, with Wells winning the USATF Championships and Doha Diamond League races and Carruthers winning the New York Diamond League and Hengelo World Challenge races.
9. Sofia Assefa (steeplechase, Ethiopia) 162 points
She hasn’t won any important races, but has been second in three Diamond League meets while twice running 9:20 or better.
8. Anna Rogowska (pole vault, Poland) 167 points
The vault is a bit of a mixed bag this year, but Rogowska has cleared big heights and won the European Indoor plus two Diamond League meets. She won’t be adding to her point total for a while; she snapped a pole last week and suffered a cut on her hand.
7. Li Yanfeng (discus, China) 169 points
She hasn’t fared so well in the Diamond League, but many of the top discus competitions have been at smaller meets in Germany. Li won three of those and has thrown far.
6. Vivian Cheruyiot (distance, Kenya) 176 points
Cheruyiot won the World Cross Country Championships plus two Diamond League 5k races.
5. Tatyana Chernova (heptathlon, Russia) 181 points
Chernova lost to Jessica Ennis at the Gotzis heptathlon, but won another in Kladno with a total of 6773, just 17 points behind Ennis’ world-leading mark.
4. Carmelita Jeter (sprints, USA) 184 points
Jeter hasn’t been afraid to race, and has a number of big wins to her credit. Her losses were either early (the USATF Indoor Championships and to Campbell-Brown in May) or in her second event, the 200 meters.
3. Milcah Chemos Cheywa (steeplechase, Kenya) 194 points
Cheywa is the only woman who has maxed out the Diamond League points in an event. She won all four of the steeplechases held on the circuit.
2. Betty Heidler (hammer throw, Germany) 217 points
Heidler lost her first two competitions of the year, a couple of minor winter throwing competitions, but since then has been unstoppable. She has entered and won seven of the year’s eight best competitions, and has the three longest throws of the year, including a World Record.
1. Mary Keitany (roads, Kenya) 242 points
She has run only two races this year, but that’s enough for a long-distance specialist. She won the Ras Al Kaimah half marathon in a World Record 1:05:50, and won the deepest marathon so far this year, the London Marathon. Her winning time, 2:19:19, puts her fifth on the all-time list.