Paula Radcliffe, gbr
She used front-running tactics in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in Sydney, but despite a wonderful effort ended up a disappointed fourth in 30:26.97, although that was another British and Commonwealth record.
Ranked in the world's elite on the track at 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m, she followed that with brilliant form on the roads, first a win in the Loughrea 5 miles in 25:04, beating Sonia O'Sullivan by over two minutes, then a European half marathon record 67:07 to win the Great North Run, three minutes ahead of Tegla Loroupe, and a win by 33 seconds in 69:07 the World Half marathon Championships. The latter was a magnificent performance in the heat and high humidity of Veracruz, Mexico.
1. Domestic Cross-country, Stormont Park
Paula Radcliffe wins at Stormont
3. European Challenge
Despite strong wind Paula had an outstanding win in the European Challenge in 30:55.80.
4. Balmoral 5 Miles
Paula finished second to Gete Wami.
5. New York 10km
In June she won the 10km road race in New York in 30:47, just 8 seconds short of Liz McColgan's world road best
6. International Track Races
Paula had to yield to a brilliant run by Yelena Zadorozhnaya in the European Cup 5000m, although still ran a fine time of 14:49.84. She followed that with a British and Commonwealth record 8:26.97 when 5th in the Rome 3000m and a personal best 4:05.37 two days later over 1500m at Glasgow.
She missed her 5000m British record by just 0.67 secs when she won at the British Grand Prix in 14:44.21.
8. European Track Races
After 6th over 3000m in 8:32.02 in Brussels, she smashed her British and Commonwealth records for 5000m with 14:32.44 behind Olga Yegorova and Wami in Berlin, and two days later equalled the world road best for 5km with a 14:57 win in Hyde Park, London.
9.World Half Marathon Championships
Paula retained her World Half Marathon title, improving her European record to 66:47 in Bristol.
11. British Female Athlete of the Year 2001