International merit rankings 2012 – women

The Athletics International panel’s assessment of form throughout the 2012 track and field season

Allyson Felix (Mark Shearman)

The international merit rankings have been produced by an Athletics International panel led by statistician Peter Matthews and former AW editor Mel Watman.

The panel, which also included Stan Greenberg (UK), Mirko Jalava (FIN), Alfons Juck (SVK), Ed Gordon (USA) and Stuart Mazdon (UK), assessed the year’s records of the leading contenders and the ranking order was determined by consensus.

Among the factors considered were athletes’ placings in significant competitions, and this year the Olympic Games took pride of place. Below that there were the Diamond League and World Challenge meetings with fewer Continental events than in most other years plus national championships etc.

As ever, the panel was concerned with the quality of athletes’ best marks, their consistency, and win-loss records against other ranked competitors. Marks made indoors were not considered (apart from when part of outdoor meetings, such as the Zürich shot), nor were any athletes who were suspended for two years during the year for drug-related offences.

Here are the top three in each women’s event. The men’s rankings appear here. The full top-10 list of every event, including the details of their season, appeared in our double-issue December 20 stats special, which is available here with stats from

You can find the UK merit rankings for men here, and the women’s UK merit rankings here.


1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
2 Carmelita Jeter (USA)
3 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)


1 Allyson Felix (USA)
2 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
3 Carmelita Jeter (USA)


1 Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)
2 Amantle Montsho (BOT)
3 Christine Ohuruogu (GBR)


1 Mariya Savinova (RUS)
2 Pamela Jelimo (KEN)
3 Francine Niyonsaba (BDI)


1 Abebe Aregawi (ETH)
2 Asli Cakir (TUR)
3 Maryam Jamal (BRN)


1 Meseret Defar (ETH)
2 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)
3 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)


1 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
2 Sally Kipyego (KEN)
3 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)


1 Tiki Gelana (ETH)
2= Priscah Jeptoo (KEN)
2= Mary Keitany (KEN)

3000m steeplechase

1 Yuliya Zaripova (RUS)
2 Habiba Ghribi (TUN)
3 Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN)

100m hurdles

1 Sally Pearson (AUS)
2 Dawn Harper (USA)
3 Kellie Wells (USA)

400m hurdles

1 Natalya Antyukh (RUS)
2 Lashinda Demus (USA)
3 Kaliese Spencer (JAM)

High jump

1 Anna Chicherova (RUS)
2 Svetlana Shkolina (RUS)
3 Brigetta Barrett (USA)

Pole vault

1 Jenn Suhr (USA)
2 Yarisley Silva (CUB)
3 Silke Spiegelburg (GER)

Long jump

1 Brittney Reese (USA)
2 Yelena Sokolova (RUS)
3 Janay DeLoach (USA)

Triple jump

1 Olga Rypakova (KAZ)
2 Caterine Ibargüen (COL)
3 Olga Saladuha (UKR)


1 Valerie Adams (NZL)
2 Yevgeniya Kolodko (RUS)
3 Gong Lijiao (CHN)


1 Sandra Perkovic (CRO)
2 Li Yanfeng (CHN)
3 Yarelys Barrios (CUB)


1 Betty Heidler (GER)
2 Tatyana Lysenko (RUS)
3 Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)


1 Barbora Spotáková (CZE)
2 Sunette Viljoen (RSA)
3 Christina Obergföll (GER)


1 Jessica Ennis (GBR)
2 Tatyana Chernova (RUS)
3 Lilli Schwarzkopf (GER)

20km walk

1 Yelena Lashmanova (RUS)
2 Olga Kaniskina (RUS)
3 Liu Hong (CHN)

» For the full top-10 list for every event, including the details of their season, see the double-issue December 20 stats special Athletics Weekly, which is available here

» Peter Matthews and Mel Watman are Joint Editors of Athletics International

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