Best Sprinters of All Time


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The Top Ten

Usain Bolt
he got a trmendous energy to increase his speed throughout 100m...
He ran that 100 and broke the record like it was nothing. He made it look easy and was celebrating b4 it even finished.


Pretty obvious wander, how many other sprinters have done what bolt has and are so marketable. Ya, no one, not only is he the fastest man ever, he is probably the most badass too.
[Newest]He is the most down to earth, the coolest and the ultimate best sprinter of all time

2Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson holding both 200m and 400m makes him the greatest. Those are the two most difficult sprints. By the way, what is Dwain Chambers doing in the list?
This is just one great sprinter...
Smashed the 200m and 400m world records, and still holds the 400m record 14 years later. Still has 12/20 of the best ever 400m times.
[Newest]The best sprinter... Great.

3Tyson Gay
The second fastest man in history he is for me the best as he is also the first man in history to race in the the 400m under 45s 200m under 20s and 100m under 10s and he is the only man to ever beat bolt in a final.
he has even raced down bolt
He could've beat Usain Bolt on that one race if he had gotten a good start


4Milkha Singh
Greatest Indian athlete of all time.He made Indians proud.
He is one of the best athletes on the planet and he makes Indian proud
Personally for me Milkha Singh is a hero and an idol. A lot of things that put him down but he didn't give up and moved a long. He is the greatest athlete of all time.
[Newest]Being good to feel the Indian ideal like you

5Asafa Powell
He is the most complete sprinter of all time. He has the best start and the best form. He just needs to believe in himself
he has a lot of potential to match up with bolt

6Maurice Green
He ran 51 sub-ten sec races. The first man to run under 9.8.
Please had a long carrer and produced some of the greatest preformances ever seen. Plus 9.81 in edmonton with injury could have gone sub 9.7, as well extremley consistent.

7Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis always will be remembered as the single most captivating sprinter the world of track & field has ever seen in the circuit of Olympic competition. He was consistent and versatile and always would win gold medals in his pursuits.
All sorts of things change with time; things that improve performances in general. I think the only way to compare athletes is by comparing how they performed against other athletes during the period they performed.
In 1980, Carl Lewis was ranked 8th in the world among sprinters in 100 meters. From that year through 1992 he was never ranked lower than third, and he didn't drop from the top 10 until 1995. That is 15 years in the top 10. Six times he ranked number 1.
He was versatile and won multiple medals.
[Newest]The greatest money sprinter of all time!

8Linford Christie
Dwain chambers can never match him or even beat him in a race because he's just one of the greatest british sprinters of all time. I believe dwain chambers should be at the bottom of the list because he's no role model after the drug ban

9Dwain Chambers
9.87 PB... So you lot... Might as well shh. And being the best british sprinter at this moment, winning the British trials. Beat Harry aitkins, marlin devonish, Mark Lewis francis

10Yohan Blake
He beat Tyson gay and has potential to eventually beat usain
Yohan blake is the 2nd greatest sprinter of all times behind usain bolt
Yohan is very shy and ran the second fastest 100 m with a lot of nerve issue!
[Newest]He once beat usain bolt...

The Contenders

11Jesse Owens
This guy was the first to brake 10 seconds so he has to at least in the top 5
No he wasn't the first to run under 10 seconds please do some research before posting a comment
Jesse ran on cinders and had no starting blocks or Steroids! He should be remembered as the greatest if not the fastest. He made Monkeys out of Hitlers "Supermen" in 1936 Olympics in the 100M, 200M and as a member of the 4 x 100M team! A real Man from humble beginnings.

12Richard Thompsan
He is the MOST IDIOTIC athlete in the WORLD!.

13Wallace Spearman

14Donovan Bailey
In his prime D.B. was the best in the world, and deserves to be much higher than # 16
Restored Canada's image after Ben Johnson
Incredible sprinter.

15Justin Gatlin

16Bob Hayes
Won 44 sprint finals before retiring from amateur track to play for the cowboys, ran the most incredible anchor org in the 400m final leading the USA to a huge victory after starting 3-4 meters back. In his early 30s with n track training beat Mel gray in his home town of sl running 4.3 with a starters gun and blocks daily a 4.2 or better. Look at the improvement I equipment, training year round and speed of tracks was anyone ever really better. It would be hard to prove Dennis Crnkovich


In my opinion the 2nd fastest man of all time after Usain Bolt. He ran a 10.06 electronic time at 100m during the Tokyo Olympics which bettered the previous world record of 10.25, which is a huge gap. If he was around today in his prime then I don't think a mid-9.6 is out of possibility.
Not as fast consistently as Usain Bolt, but for one moment in time, he ran faster than any human being in history.
His anchor leg in the Olympic 4X100 relay cannot count for record consideration, but his speed near the finish line in that race exceeds even Bolt's best.
Various sources have his hand time for that leg at an inhuman 8.8 or 8.9.
If you watch the grainy black and white footage, it looks like he is literally rocket-propelled; getting the baton in last place, then making those other top-tier Olympic athletes look like elementary school kids.

17Ben Johnson
Ben was the man ran a 9.79 and slowed down. Oh but he was on drugs. Well guess what so was everybody else on this list. (pretty much)
The most complete 100m sprinter of all time. (No question. ) Ran the perfect race in '88. Beautiful sprinting technique.

18Kirani James
He won the 400m at the London olympics at just 19!
He is the only athlete who came close to Michael Jhonson's 400m record at a young age.

19Bruce Jenner

20Christophe Lemaitre
He beat Gatlin who beat Bolt week ago.
he is the current best european


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