The Fittest 50 Women (Sports Illustrated, 2020)

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 2020). Sports Illustrated have also created similar fittest women lists for 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.



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.​

There are 25 men and 25 women list (earlier there were 50 of each), from which we just list the top 20. See the list of the Fittest 50 Men for 2020. See more about rating the World's Fittest Athletes.

The Top-20 'Fittest Women' of 2020

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 and 2019.

rank Name Sport
1 Simone Biles Gymnastics
2 Amanda Nunes UFC
3 Claressa Shields Boxing
4 Mikaela Shiffrin Alpine Skiing
5 Katie Ledecky Swimming
6 Tia-Clair Toomey CrossFit
7 Shaunae Miller-Uibo Track and Field
8 Emma Coburn Track and Field
9 Courtney Dauwalter Ultrarunning
10 Dina Asher-Smith Track and Field
11 Julie Ertz USWNT and Chicago Red Stars
12 Serena Williams WTA Tennis
13 Caterine Ibargüen Track and Field
14 Daniela Ryf Triathlon
15 Allyson Felix Track and Field
16 Gwen Jorgensen Track and Field
17 Valentina Shevchenko UFC
18 Caroline Marks Surfing
19 Simone Manuel Swimming
20 Kendall Coyne Schofield Hockey

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