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2013 TRACK & FIELD NEWS
WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

A Repeat For Valerie Adams

2013 02v adamsIn 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