The Fittest 50 Women (Sports Illustrated, 2019)

Who is the fittest female athlete in sports? The magazine Sports Illustrated (SI) put together a list of who they consider the current fittest athletes in sports in 2018 (the list was published in January 2019). Sports Illustrated have also created similar fittest women lists for 2014, 2016 and 2017.



With the help of a panel of experts recruited by SI, athletes were selected based on their performances over the previous 12 months; the factors they considered included the demands and risks of their respective sports; durability; training regimens; and other physical criteria including power, speed, strength, agility, endurance, flexibility and more.​

This latest list of the fittest 50 only listed 25 men and 25 women, previously there were 50 of each. See the list of the Fittest 50 Men for 2019. See more about rating the World's Fittest Athletes.

The Top-20 'Fittest Women' of 2019

Here are the top-20 of the SI Fittest 25, according to Sports Illustrated. The athlete rated the fittest was gymnast Simone Biles, who was also voted the fittest in 2017.

rank Name Sport
1 Simone Biles Gymnastics
2 Caterine Ibargüen Track and Field (jumps)
3 Tia-Clair Toomey CrossFit
4 Dina Asher-Smith Sprints
5 Gwen Jorgensen Triathlon / Marathon
6 Katie Ledecky Swimming
7 Amanda Nunes MMA
8 Daniela Ryf Triathlon
9 Emma Coburn Track and Field (middle distance)
10 Serena Williams Tennis
11 Breanna Stewart Basketball
12 Courtney Dauwalter Ultra-marathon
13 Caster Semenya Track and Field (800m)
14 Mary Keitany Marathon
15 Emily Regan Rowing
16 Hilary Knight Ice Hockey
17 Kaillie Humphries Bobsled
18 Mikaela Shiffrin Alpine Skiing
19 Sasha DiGiulian Rock Climbing
20 Lindsey Vonn Alpine Skiing

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