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According to Sports Ilustrated, the Colombian Caterine Ibargüen is the second best physically prepared in the world regarding female athletes
Recently, the prestigious American magazine Sports Illustrated developed a list that highlights the 50 athletes, 25 men and 25 more women, with the best physical conditions of the world.
To develop this list, the magazine brought together performance experts and exercise physiologists such as Michael Joyner, David Hesse, Christopher Lundstrom, Roy Holmes, and Sue Falsone. These evaluated, during a year, a series of parameters between which the risks and the demands of the different sports are included, such as the type of training and aspects like the speed, the flexibility, and the power.
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According to the BBC newspaper, the US Department of Health and Human Services defines fitness as "the ability to perform physical activity on a daily basis in a vigorous and attentive manner without suffering excessive fatigue." According to the same newspaper, the five women who have the best physical condition in the world in 2019 are:
1. Simone Biles: The American rhythmic gymnast, born in March 1997, despite measuring less than 1.50 meters tall, is considered one of the best gymnasts in the world, because according to Fox Sports, "Among her awards, stand out her four gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro; being the woman with the most gold medals in the World Championship in history (10), as well as being the first to get three consecutive world titles in 'all around'."
In 2016, Biles was awarded the BBC award for the foreign sports personality and the Glamor Award for the Record Breaker; in 2017, she won the ESPY for the best female athlete, the Laureus prize for the best international female athlete of the year, the ESPY for the best female Olympic athlete, the Teen Choice Award for the female athlete and the Shorty Award for sports.
In 2019, besides being considered the best female athlete in the world, she was awarded the Laureus prize for the best international female athlete of the year.
2. Caterine Ibargüen: This 34-year-old Colombian woman stood out in 2018 as one of the best athletes in the world and was chosen athlete of the year by the International Athletics Federation (IAAF), thanks to her triple jump victories, in the long jump of the Diamond League and in the Pan American Games.
Recently, she was chosen by Sports Illustrated magazine as the second athlete with the best physical condition in the world and, according to the Colombian magazine Semana, the publication highlighted that "The Colombian had an undefeated season, winning the Diamond League and the Continental Cup in triple jump and long jump, Ibargüen now aims Tokyo 2020 with a combination of speed sessions, technical training, and weightlifting."
3. Tia-Clair Toomey: This Australian participated as a weightlifter at the Rio Games in 2016 and has won the CrossFit Games for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018). According to the Spanish newspaper As, "she has made it clear that she wants to ensure as soon as possible participation in the CrossFit Games 2019 to be held in August."
4. Dina Asher-Smith: According to the newspaper Mundo Deportivo, this British athlete managed in 2018 "to be triple champion in 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay, something that no British athlete had achieved". In 2018, she won the European Athlete Trophy at the European Association Gala held in Lausanne (Switzerland).
5. Gwen Jorgensen: She is the current Olympic triathlon champion and aims to compete to win the Marathon of the Tokyo Games of the year 2020.
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Translated from "Una latinoamericana en el top de las deportistas con mejor condición física"