Britain fourth best nation

Statistical website lists Britain as fourth best athletics nation in the world

Posted on January 4, 2013 by
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Jessica Ennis (Mark Shearman)

Great Britain & Northern Ireland has been placed as the fourth best athletics nation in the world during 2012 by high-profile statistical website

The website also named Jess Ennis as the most successful female athlete of 2012, with the heptathlete tied with Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for the accolade of 2012 World Athlete of the Year. Ennis was also the sole winner of the Female European Athlete of the Year award.

Usain Bolt was the winner of the male World Athlete of the Year award and French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie received the male European Athlete of the Year accolade, whilst Mo Farah was named male Distance Track Runner of the Year and Jo Pavey received the equivalent female prize.

At the end of a year in which Britain were seventh on the placing table at the Olympics, the news from arguably the world’s No.1 international statistical website gives a more accurate indication of how well the nation did.

As last year, Britain’s men are placed fourth behind United States, Kenya and Russia. However, the women are up from fifth to fourth, the Americans also leading here but with Kenya and Russia the other way around.

The website allocates points to athletes based on performances on scoring tables and placings achieved over the last 12 months.

Each country’s rankings are based on their top 44 athletes’ scores.

Britain was fourth on the 2012 Olympics medal table by virtue of the four gold medals won, but only equal seventh on overall medals. However, with Britain’s international athletes perhaps reaching higher performance levels than ever before, they have put the nation firmly among the world’s athletics superpowers.

The athlete scores are an extension of the IAAF’s now discontinued rankings and show Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce at the top for men and women respectively. Jessica Ennis is at No.2 just ahead of Valerie Adams, while Christine Ohurugou (35th) and Perri Shakes-Drayton (46th) are the only two other British females in the top 50.

On the men’s side, Yohan Blake and Aries Merritt are second and third, while Mo Farah (19th) is the top-placed Brit. He is followed by Robbie Grabarz (32nd) and Dai Greene (46th).

» Men
United States 57,887
Kenya 56,124
Russia 53,436
GB&NI 53,407
Germany 52,651

» Women
United States 56,791
Russia 55,930
Kenya 53,718
GB&NI 53,138
Ukraine 52,838

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