The best track and field female athletes have talent, speed, and determination. They show their raw athleticism on a daily basis. Whether they are setting world records, competing in the Olympics, or just training for their next competition, these athletes are fierce and formidable. But these athletes are not all that there is to the women’s track and field circuit. These girls play a huge part in the lives of their fans. They are the inspiration behind local track meets, school fundraisers, sports clinics, and community events.
Table of Contents
- 1. Allison Stokke
- 2. Sara Galimberti
- 3. Leryn Franco
- 4. Lolo Jones
- 5. Louise Hazel
- 6. Allyson Felix
- 7. Darya Klishina
- 8. Maggie Vessey
- 9. Melanie Adams
- 10. Michelle Jenneke
- 11. Natasha Hastings
- 12. Voula Papachristou
- 13. Robin Bone
- 14. Snezana Rodic
- 15. Ivet Lalova
- 16. Cathrine Larsasen
- 17. Jirina Ptacnikova
- 18. Sandi Morris
- 19. Queen Harrison
- 20. Maria Andrejczyk
- 21. Anicka Newell
- 22. Nadine Broersen
- 23. Angelica Bengtsson
- 24. Emma Coburn
- 25. Chantae McMillan
- 26. Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou
- 27. Dafne Schippers
- 28. Ana Cláudia Lemos
- 29. Colleen Quigley
- 30. Christina Vukicevic Demidov
1. Allison Stokke
Allison Stokke is probably the most famous female track and field athlete. She has been on covers of magazines, popular websites and in movies. For a time, she was a model for Nike. Allison’s athletic ability is evident in her career accomplishments and her body (which includes some tattoos). She has also been on the covers of many magazines like Running Times, Oxygen and Women’s Fitness Magazine.
2. Sara Galimberti
This track and field female athlete hails from Italy and has been featured in hundreds of magazines. She‘s the current record holder of the 200 meter race and is a gold medal winner. Her athletic career began when she was 11 years old. She trained with Italian track star Stefano Mei for two years, then began to compete. It didn’t take long for Galimberti to realize that she had a real talent for running. In 1984 she left Italy to compete in Germany and Hungary as part of the Italian national team.
3. Leryn Franco
Leryn Franco is a track and field athlete who has competed in the heptathlon and long jump. She has already set several records in the sport of track and field and is sure to shatter even more. Leryn Franco has been competing professionally since 2002, and in 2011 she became the first woman to win the Women’s Pan-American Games heptathlon.
4. Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones is an athlete who is an Olympic medalist, three-time World Champion, and one-time World Indoor Champion. She is also an American hurdler with Olympic silver in the 100 meter hurdles from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The famous runner made headlines when Sports Illustrated magazine named her “America’s Favourite Female Track Athlete” after her bid to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. She made it to the Olympics when she qualified for the semifinals of the 100m hurdles.
5. Louise Hazel
A junior at Hun School in New Jersey and a collegiate swimmer. Hazel is a member of the U.S. National Team and is qualified to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she will compete in the 100 meter breaststroke event. At the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships Hazel won gold in the 100 meter butterfly and silver in the 200 meter individual medley.
6. Allyson Felix
Allyson Felix is an American track athlete and winner of Olympic gold and silver medals in the 200 meters. She has also set world records in that event. Ironically, Felix’s parents pushed her to play basketball, not track. But she proved them wrong by topping the world rankings on several occasions. In 2002, she won her first Olympics medal by finishing third place in the 200-meter dash in the Athens Games. In 2008, she earned a gold medal for breaking a world record in the 200-meter dash at Mexico City’s World Championships.
7. Darya Klishina
Darya’ s the Russian girl we discovered at the 2012 London Olympics. What made her later that year become a political target? This seven-time European champion and multiple bronze medalist is also a great inspiration to young athletes in Russia.
8. Maggie Vessey
Maggie Vessey is one of the best track and field female athletes because she is not only one of the most accomplished long distance runners, but also because she inspires others to be the best they can be. Due to her love for running and determination when she was only 12 years old, Vessey decided to start training for races after school with her friends.
9. Melanie Adams
Melanie Adams is a track and field athlete who is 6’1″ tall (1.85 meters). She has competed in the NCAA championships as well as the Olympics. Melanie Adams has won nearly every competition she’s entered. She also won the U.S National Championship in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She won the 2004 World Cup Championship as well.
10. Michelle Jenneke
The Houston native has had quite the journey. Her success at a young age has helped her later in life. Jenneke, who was inspired by the 1996 Olympics, is currently one of the top five runners in the world. She’s also considered a role model for girls, who look up to Jenneke and aspire to be like her.
11. Natasha Hastings
Natasha Hastings is a track star who has broken many world records. She earned an Olympic silver medal in the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay in 2008. She won the same event at the 2011 World Championships, setting a personal best time of 3:23.47 minutes and earning her a gold medal. Hastings was an All-American at UCLA and still holds their record for 200 meters, set in 1999.
12. Voula Papachristou
Easter and Voula Papachristou have been an incredible duo for decades. Easter is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and Papachristou is her manager and publicist. Papachristou, who calls herself ‘Easter’s secret weapon,’ makes sure that her athlete does not fall victim to the different temptations that could hinder her motivation, such as racism or sexism. She encourages Easter to use every opportunity to inform people about the importance of respect for everyone in sports and life.
13. Robin Bone
Robin Bone represents the spirit of track and field. She is the inspirer behind many running events both here and abroad, as well as a driving force behind the Canadian Track and Field Association Women’s Marathon Championship. She is a running queen who is dedicated to her sport, team and community.
14. Snezana Rodic
The Australian hurdler and world record holder just turned 17 years old, but she is on the fast track to becoming a dominant athlete, especially in the 100 meter hurdles. Rodic won gold at the World Youth Championships in 2006 and has captured numerous silver and bronze medals at World Junior Championships.
15. Ivet Lalova
The Bulgarian native is a rare talent. She is currently ranked as the no. 1 women’s javelin thrower in the world by both Track & Field News and the IAAF. She has won six European Championship gold medals and four gold medals at the Summer Universiade, making her one of the greatest female athletes ever to compete for Bulgaria. In 2008, Lalova competed in her first Summer Olympics in Beijing, China where she took home a silver medal for her efforts.
16. Cathrine Larsasen
Cathrine Larsasen is a two-time world champion in the 100m hurdle event. She has won the 2004 Athens Olympics and again in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics.
17. Jirina Ptacnikova
Jirina Ptacnikova, a Czech native and Slovak citizen, is a seasoned track and field athlete. She has been competing in both sprinting and hurdling since she was a teenager. She started in handball but when she was 16, she found her true passion on the track. Now Ptacnikova is one of the top female athletes in the world. In July 2012, she qualified for the Olympics in the 100m hurdles event.
18. Sandi Morris
The 23-year old from Georgia has one of the most recognizable voices in track and field history. Sandi is the only American athlete to win three gold medals at the World Championships. She is the first American who win three golds at a single World Championship meet taking out two 100m and 110m events, two world records and a historic 4 x 100m victory. On top of all that she set her personal best in the 60m hurdles in 2007 with a time of 6.
19. Queen Harrison
Queen Harrison attended the University of Southern California, majoring in Communications. She is a six time All-American, and she has won three national championships. In 2012 she ran the fastest 800 m heat of all time.
20. Maria Andrejczyk
Although Maria Andrejkcyzkus was born and raised in Poland, she has become a staple of Track and Field in America. She is considered one of the better Pole Vaulters in the world. She has won 3 gold discs at Polish National Championships, 3 gold discs at World Championships, silver disc at American National Championships, and gold disc at Olympics.
21. Anicka Newell
Anicka Newell has a strong and powerful presence. She is the defending world record holder in the 100m hurdles, and is also the 2011 world champion. She has been ranked #1 in the world since 2008, but she has only been able to compete in a few meets outside of her own country because of injuries. Anicka recently signed with Nike to be part of their “Just Do It” campaign and I’m sure that her image comes up along with other famous athletes in commercials or on sports channels every day.
22. Nadine Broersen
Nadine Broersen, a native of the Netherlands, ran for her country in the 2012 Olympics. She competed in the 400 meter hurdles and placed 4th. Nadine took home a gold medal from the 4×400 meter relay at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich. She also ran for her country at the 2011 World Championships where she took home a silver medal from her performance as part of the 4×400 meter relay team. Her personal best time for 300 meters hurdles is 33.
23. Angelica Bengtsson
Hailing from Sweden, Angelica Bengtsson has been the ambassador for the 2015 European championships. She is a former world champion in 2013 and a three-time European gold medallist. The 24-year old is set to light up the 2016 Olympics in Rio, making her one of the hottest track and field female athletes.
24. Emma Coburn
Emma Coburn is the defending indoor and outdoor champion in the 3000m steeplechase event. She won the event at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China. Emma Coburn was an 800m runner before she switched over to mid-distance running. In 2012, Emma finished 7th in her first Olympic Trials 1500 meter race after switching to that event just before the trials began. Emma Coburn set a new American record for 3,000 meters steeplechase at 2016 US Olympic Trials
25. Chantae McMillan
As a kid, Chantae wasn’t exactly encouraged to compete in sports. If she wanted to be good at sports, she’d have to make the choice that she’d have to be really really really good. By high school, however, she decided it was time for a change and decided to try out for track and field. She tried out for the school team but found herself lost in the shuffle of girls with big dreams.
26. Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou
Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou is a young woman from Cyprus, who has set the world record for the Pole Vault at 6.00 meters. Kyriakopoulou competed in the 2012 Olympics in London, but failed to achieve her personal best after a lackluster performance. Her coach blamed some of her loss in height on over-training, and a lack of motivation to perform. The 22 year old athlete has plans to compete again in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro although she is still recovering from an injury.
27. Dafne Schippers
Dafne is a Dutch sprinter. She is the current world record holder in the 100 metres. She competes in both long jump and sprint events. Dafne has been injured for quite a while but she hopes to return to the track soon, making many fans happy.
28. Ana Cláudia Lemos
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil Ana Cláudia Lemos is fourteen years old. A medal contender in the 2008, 2009 and 2011 World Juniors Track and Field Championships, Ana Cláudia has already broken a number of junior records. She competes for the national junior squad and trains with the Brazilian national team.
29. Colleen Quigley
Colleen Quigley is the daughter of Peter and Kathleen Quigley. She is a sprint athlete. Colleen’s first appearance in any race came at the Worcester Indoor Games where she finished fourth in the 1500m race. Her first official appearance on her own came in March at the Northeastern Hurdles, where she placed 2nd with a time of 3:59.10.
30. Christina Vukicevic Demidov
Christina Vukicevic Demidov is a Croatian athlete who is competing in the 100 meters hurdles. She is one of the members of the Croatian national team and frequently participates in indoor track meets and outdoor track meets.