My shortlist for world sportswoman of 2019 is:
Brigid Kosgei (Kenya- Athletics) – unbeaten in eight races on the road including three half-marathons and both marathons. She smashed the world record.
Tove Alexandersson (Sweden – Orienteering) – won three golds and the world cup at orienteering. Won two world championships at ski-orienteering.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA – Alpine Skiing) – first skier to win the overall, super-G, giant slalom and slalom World Cup titles in a single season and a record 17 wins. Two world championship golds.
Panipak WONGPATTANAKIT (Thailand – Taekwondo) – world champion and winner of all five competitions she entered.
Simone Biles (USA – Gymnastics) won a record fourth all-round gymnastics world individual title also won two more apparatus golds and team gold plus silver and bronze in the other apparatus finals.
Maren Lundy (Norway – ski-jumping) – twelve wins in the 2018/19 World Cup and the world title.
Alice Tai (Para swimming) – won seven golds at the world champs and set four world records
Deng Wei (China – Weightlifting) – three golds at the world championships. Won all five competitions she took part in and set world records in all three lifting events.
Janja Garnbret (Slovenia – Climbing) – won the World Championships in bouldering and combined, became the first athlete to win all six Bouldering World Cup events in a season.
My runners up are
Janja Garnbret who is taking her developing sport to new levels.
Mikaela Shiffrin whose versatility over the 2018/19 season was unprecedented.
Simone Biles has been unbeatable for the last six seasons of competition and seems to be getting more dominant as the years go by. At the world championships she won golds in floor, vault and beam and the all-round title plus the team gold.
This would often be good enough to win my award but the run of Brigid Kosgei in the Chicago Marathon where she easily beat a world record that had stood for sixteen years and appeared impregnable was amazing. She also ran an incredibly fast half-marathon and was unbeaten and this means my sportswoman of the year is Brigid Kosgei.Embed from Getty Images
2018 Simone Biles (USA – Gymnastics) Runners-Up Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic – skiing and snowboarding), Jessica Fox (Australia – Canoeing)
2017 Evgenia Medvedeva (Russia – Ice Skating), Runners-Up: Bianca Walkden (Great Britain – Taekwondo), Cecilia Brækhus (Norway – Boxing),Kim Rhode (USA – Shooting)
2016 Katie Ledecky (USA – Swimming) Runners-Up: Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland – Athletics), Rachel Atherton (Great Britain – Mountain Bike), Simone Biles (USA – Gymnastics), Katinka Hosszu (Hungary – Swimming)
2015 Gwen Jorgensen (USA – Triathlon), Runners Up: Katie Ledecky (USA – Swimming), Anita Włodarczyk (Poland – Athletics)
2014 Katie Ledecky (USA – Swimming): Runners up Tatiana Kashirina (Russia – Weightlifting), Sandra Perkovic (Croatia – Athletics)
2013 Kaori Icho (Japan – Wrestling) – won her 8th world title and 154th consecutive fight, an all-time record:Runners-Up: Tatyana McFadden (USA – Para athletics), Tora Berger (Norway – Biathlon)
2012 Marianne Vos (Netherlands – Cycling) Olympic and world road race champion, Giro winner and world cyclo-cross champion: Runners-up: Kaori Icho (Japan – Wrestling), Missy Franklin (USA – Swimming), Katie Taylor (Ireland – Boxing), Hannah Kearney (USA – Freestyle Skiing)
My Sportswomen of the Decade
The achievements referred to here are only for the 2010s decade and don’t include earlier titles.
Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland – Athletics) – three world and two Olympic titles. Has held the world record for most of the decade and the first woman to throw the hammer over 80m.
Simone Biles (USA – Gymnastics) -the greatest woman gymnast ever. 19 world and four Olympic golds. A record five-time World all-around champion.
Katie Taylor (Ireland – Boxing) – three world and an Olympic gold as an amateur. a two-weight world champion in an unbeaten professional career
Tatyana McFadden (USA – Para athletics) seven Paralympic gold medals and twelve world titles.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA – Alpine Skiing) three-time reigning Overall World Cup champion, the four-time reigning world champion in slalom, and a six-time winner of the World Cup discipline title in that event. Two Olympic golds.
Serena Williams (USA – Tennis) – the dominant female player of the decade with twelve more Grand Slam singles titles.
Lisa Carrington (New Zealand – Canoeing) – two Olympic and ten world golds in rand sprint kayaking including every global title since 2011 at 200m K1.
Marit Bjørgen (Norway – Biathlon) – eight Olympic and fourteen world championship golds. Five world cup titles.
Natalie Geisenberger (Germany – Luge) four Olympic and nine world championships. Seven times world cup champion.
Marina Sablikova (Czech Republic – Speed Skating) three Olympic and sixteen world championships
Jia Fangfang (China – Tumbling) – five times world champion
Cecilia Brækhus (Norway – Boxing) – first ever boxer to hold five world titles from sanctioning bodies simultaneously. Winner of all 23 of her bouts in the decade and remains undefeated as a professional