2013 TRACK & FIELD NEWS
WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
A Repeat For Valerie Adams
In 2012 the world’s top woman shot putter became the first from her event to be named No. 1 overall since ’80 (4 years before she was born). In 2013 she became first putter ever to make the top 10 for 5 years in a row and the first ever to repeat.
Undefeated yet again, the 28-year-old Kiwi received 13 of the 33 votes for No. 1 in beating Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10 No. 1s) by 15 points. The other 1st-place votes went to American hurdler Brianna Rollins (7) and Czech 400 hurdler Zuzana Hejnová (3), who finished 3-4.
In a year of remarkable overall quality, note that Caterine Ibargüen went undefeated in the triple jump, including the World Champs gold and 6 Diamond League wins, yet received no vote higher than No. 6 and ended up only No. 9 overall.
Overall 17 different women received votes. The top 10 point scorers on our 10-9-8… system, with the event(s) in which they scored:
|1. Valerie Adams (New Zealand—shot)||294|
|2. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica—100/200)||279|
|3. Brianna Rollins (US—100H)||246|
|4. Zuzana Hejnová (Czech Republic—400H)||237|
|5. Abeba Aregawi (Sweden—1500)||184|
|6. Sandra Perković (Croatia—discus)||139|
|7. Meseret Defar (Ethiopia—5000/10,000)||92|
|8. Svetlana Shkolina (Russia—high jump)||91|
|9. Caterine Ibargüen (Colombia—triple jump)||81|
|10. Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia—5000/10,000)||69|
A more detailed version of this award—and all the T&FN honors for the year—will appear in the about-to-be published February edition.
© Track & Field News 2013