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2022 UK merit rankings – women

2022 UK merit rankings – women

Here are the leading female British athletes from last year based on times, heights and distances, plus positions in major events and win-loss records against rivals

Britain had a decent year at the major championships, winning 7 medals at the Worlds outdoors (1 gold, 1 silver, 7 bronze), but although 5th on the points table, our total was well down on previous recent editions, writes Peter Matthews.

At the Europeans, Britain again topped the points table and won most medals with 20 (6-6-8). Two bronze medals at the World Indoors was, however, disappointing.

Although only winning two gold medals, England won most medals (2-10-9) and topped the placing table at the Commonwealth Games and could have had a higher figure if a full team had been chosen. Over all the home nations the medal tally was 4-13-12.

Looking at world lists, Britain had 72 men’s and 88 women’s placings in the top 100 for all the standard events in 2022, compared to 61 and 82 in 2021, 82 and 90 in 2019 and 75 and 100 in 2018.

In the merit rankings below the first line is shown the athlete’s name, then their date of birth followed, in brackets, by the number of years ranked (including 2022) and their rankings in 2021, and finally, their best mark prior to 2022. The following lines include their best performances of the year (generally six), followed by significant indoor marks indicated by ‘i’. Then follow placings at major meetings, providing a summary of the athlete’s year at the event. As last year, comparisons to the past ignore 2020.

READ MORE: UK men’s merit rankings

Abbreviations include
BIG             Jumps & Throws Fest (BIGish) at Bedford
B’ham         Birmingham Diamond League
B.Un           British Universities at Chelmsford
CG             Commonwealth Games at Birmingham
DLF            Diamond League Final, Zürich
EC              European Championships at Munich
ENG           England Championships at Bedford
Eng-J          England U20 Championships
Eng-23        England U23 Championships
E.Sch         English Schools at Manchester
E.Thr          European Throws at Leiria
Eur-18        European U18 Champs at Jerusalem
Ind              Indoors
LI                Loughborough International on 22 May
LV              Lee Valley
MI               Manchester International on 3 Jun
Nh             …

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