Statistician Peter Matthews’ assessment of form and achievements during 2016

These merit rankings of female British athletes are an assessment of form and achievements during the 2016 outdoor season by Peter Matthews from Athletics International.

The major factors by which the rankings are determined are win-loss record, performances in major meetings, and sequence of marks.

This year the major targets for top athletes were the Olympic Games or the European Championships and for younger athletes the World Junior Championships or the European Youth Championships.

Below you will find the top three in each women’s event. The top three in the men’s rankings can be found here, while international men’s and women’s rankings will be published online in the coming days. The full British top-12 list for every event (except in those events where there were insufficient British athletes producing adequate performances), including the details of athletes’ seasons, are featured in our December 15 bumper 112-page end-of-year stats special, which is available to buy and read digitally here.

100m
1 Dina Asher-Smith
2 Desiree Henry
3 Asha Philip

200m
1 Dina Asher-Smith
2 Desiree Henry
3 Jodie Williams

400m

1 Christine Ohuruogu
2 Emily Diamond
3 Anyika Onuora

800m
1 Lynsey Sharp
2 Shelayna Oskan-Clarke
3 Alison Leonard

1500m 
1 Laura Muir
2 Laura Weightman
3 Charlene Thomas

5000m
1 Eilish McColgan
2 Stephanie Twell
3 Laura Whittle

10,000m
1 Jo Pavey
2 Jessica Andrews (Martin)
3 Beth Potter

(10 miles – 20km) Half-marathon
1 Lily Partridge
2 Gemma Steel
3 Alyson Dixon

Marathon
1 Alyson Dixon
2 Sonia Samuels
3 Charlotte Purdue

2000m and 3000m steeplechase
1 Lennie Waite
2 Rosie Clarke
3 Louise Webb

100m hurdles

1 Cindy Ofili
2 Tiffany Porter
3 Jessica Ennis-Hill

400m hurdles

1 Eilidh Doyle
2 Meghan Beesley
3 Jessica Turner

High jump

1 Katarina Johnson-Thompson
2 Morgan Lake
3 Isobel Pooley

Pole vault

1 Holly Bradshaw
2 Sally Peake
3 Lucy Bryan

Long jump
1 Lorraine Ugen
2 Jazmin Sawyers
3 Shara Proctor

Triple jump
1 Laura Samuel
2 Sinead Gutzmore
3 Chioma Matthews

Shot
1 Rachel Wallader
2 Sophie McKinna
3 Adele Nicoll

Discus

1 Jade Lally
2 Eden Francis
3 Kirsty Law

Hammer

1 Sophie Hitchon
2 Sarah Holt
3 Carys Parry

Javelin
1 Goldie Sayers
2 Joanna Blair
3 Laura Whittingham

Heptathlon
1 Jessica Ennis-Hill
2 Katarina Johnson-Thompson
3 Jessica Taylor

Walks
1 Bethan Davies
2 Heather Lewis
3 Emma Achurch

» For the full top-12 list for every event (except in those events where there were insufficient British athletes producing adequate performances), including the details of athletes’ seasons, see the December 15 bumper 112-page end-of-year stats special edition of AW, which is available to buy and read digitally here.

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