Top 10 British Women Sports Personalities 2017

In preparation for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, we have compiled a list of 10 British sportswomen who have produced outstanding performances this year and deserve to be acknowledged.

1. Elinor Barker

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A Welsh racing cyclist who has had a hugely successful season, winning the points race at the 2017 World Championships back in April and also winning the European Madison event alongside Ellie Dickinson.

2. Tammy Beaumont

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England’s star batsman played a crucial part in the recent drawn series with Australia in the Ashes. She also starred in England’s World Cup winning team back in July, winning the Walter Lawrence Women’s Award for the second season running following her sensational innings of 148 in a Women’s World Cup match against South Africa.

3. Elise Christie

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A Scottish speed skater who recently became the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year. She won three World Championship golds back in March, becoming the first Briton to achieve such a feat.

4. Ellie Downie

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Winner of the Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year. She won four medals at the European Championships in April becoming the first British Gymnast to win the all-around title at a major international championship.

5. Hannah Cockcroft

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An acclaimed wheelchair racer who claimed three golds at the 2017 World Championships in London.

6. Johanna Konta

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British tennis star who won the Miami Open this year, the most notable triumph a British woman has had for 40 years. She also reached the Wimbledon semi-finals – the first British woman to do this since Virginia Wade back in 1978 – before losing to Venus Williams.

7. Bianca Walkden

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A Taekwondo fighter competing in the heavyweight category, she successfully defended her world title in Muju, South Korea, joining Jade Jones as the only British Taekwondo athlete to successfully defend a global title.

8. Jodie Taylor

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Winner of the Football Association Women’s Football Award, the England and Melbourne City striker starred at the Euro 2017 Championships winning the golden boot by scoring five goals in an impressive campaign.

9. Katie Archibald

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Scottish track cyclist had an impressive European Championships, winning two golds including successfully retaining her Omnium title. She also won the world title in the same event back in April.

10. Dina Asher-Smith

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Having narrowly missed out on a medal in the individual 200m in the World Athletics Championships, the sprinter helped her teammates to 4x100m relay silver made all the more remarkable by the fact the previous month she was on crutches following a broken bone in her foot.

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