Up until recently, Track and Field News had maintained a top-100 list of the best all-round male sprinters. That same list prompted me to producing a similar one for female sprinters, but I recently noticed that T&FN‘s list had been reduced to 25.

So, for the sake of equality, I’ve taken it upon myself to get the men’s list back up to 100, bringing it up to date with the latest version of the IAAF scoring tables and the most recent PBs of the athletes.

It was no small task, but credit must go to Justin Clouder for collating the original set of stats and to Jim Rorick for maintaining the list for T&FN.

Where electronically-timed PBs don’t exist for an athlete, I have included hand-timed performances, but – as per T&FN’s original list – 0.24 has been added for 100m & 200m hand-timed marks and 0.14 for 400m. These have been marked by an asterisk. Altitude-aided marks have been included, so too have indoor marks (which were scored with the IAAF indoor scoring tables). Wind-assisted marks and relay splits have not been included.

The list is ‘sortable’ so, if you wish, you can rank athletes by nationality or one of their individual PBs. It makes for interesting reading. Or at least I hope it does.

Any amendments or additions, please get in touch!

Update – 20 Sep 2016

Unsurprisingly, Olympic year brought about quite a few changes to this list.

Wayde van Niekerk not only broke the world record, but he also became the first sub-10/20/44 guy in history, moving up to fourth on this list. This time last year, he was in 21st place.

The likes of Churandy Martina, LaShawn Merritt, Kim Collins and Andre De Grasse have all moved up a few places this season.

New additions to the list include Baboloki Thebe of Botswana (=39th), fellow teenager Michael Norman (68th), Bruno Hortelano (67th), Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (=69th), Ameer Webb (77th), Nery Brenes (=88th) and Brendon Rodney (93rd).

PosScoreAthleteNat100m200m400m
13867Usain BoltJAM09.58 (1356)19.19 (1351)45.28 (1160)
23815Michael JohnsonUSA10.09 (1176)19.32 (1329)43.18 (1310)
33790Tyson GayUSA09.69 (1316)19.58 (1287)44.89 (1187)
43763Wayde van NiekerkRSA09.98 (1213)19.94 (1229)43.03 (1321)
53745Yohan BlakeJAM09.69 (1316)19.26 (1339)46.32 (1090)
63698Xavier CarterUSA10.00 (1206)19.63 (1279)44.53 (1213)
73668Mike MarshUSA09.93 (1231)19.73 (1263)45.08 (1174)
83661Wallace SpearmonUSA09.96 (1220)19.65 (1276)45.22 (1165)
93656Asafa PowellJAM09.72 (1305)19.90 (1236)45.94 (1115)
103634Isaac MakwalaBOT10.20 (1138)19.96 (1226)43.72 (1270)
103634Femi OgunodeNGR09.91 (1238)19.97 (1225)45.12 (1171)
123631Obadele ThompsonBAR09.87 (1252)19.97 (1225)45.38 (1154)
133619Frank FredericksNAM09.86 (1255)19.68 (1271)46.28 (1093)
143606Dennis MitchellUSA09.91 (1238)20.09 (1206)45.26 (1162)
153604Walter DixUSA09.88 (1248)19.53 (1295)46.75 (1061)
163601Robson da SilvaBRA10.02 (1199)19.96 (1226)45.06 (1176)
173592Francis ObikweluPOR09.86 (1255)19.84 (1245)46.29 (1092)
183591Jon DrummondUSA09.92 (1234)20.03 (1215)45.55 (1142)
183591Churandy MartinaNED09.91 (1238)19.81 (1250)46.13 (1103)
203587Pietro MenneaITA10.01 (1203)19.72 (1264)45.87 (1120)
213586LaShawn MerrittUSA10.47 (1050)19.74 (1261)43.65 (1275)
223576Steve WilliamsUSA10.07 (1182)20.02* (1217)45.04* (1177)
233570Kerron ClementUSA10.23 (1128)20.40i (1226)44.48 (1216)
243564Gil RobertsUSA10.12 (1165)20.22 (1186)44.53 (1213)
253562Kevin LittleUSA10.13 (1162)20.10 (1204)44.77 (1196)
263559Carl LewisUSA09.86 (1255)19.75 (1260)47.01 (1044)
273555James SanfordUSA10.02 (1199)19.94* (1229)45.77 (1127)
283550Kelly WillieUSA10.13 (1162)20.24 (1182)44.63 (1206)
293548Warren WeirJAM10.02 (1199)19.79 (1253)46.23 (1096)
293548Innocent EgbunikeNGR10.15 (1155)20.42 (1155)44.17 (1238)
293548Mark WitherspoonUSA10.04 (1193)20.12 (1201)45.37 (1154)
323544Tommie SmithUSA10.34* (1092)19.83 (1247)44.64* (1205)
333543John RegisGBR10.15 (1155)19.87 (1241)45.48 (1147)
343538Calvin SmithUSA09.93 (1231)19.99 (1222)46.39 (1085)
353537Kostas KedérisGRE10.15 (1155)19.85 (1244)45.60 (1138)
363534Quincy WattsUSA10.30 (1105)20.50 (1143)43.50 (1286)
373533Silvio LeonardCUB09.98 (1213)20.06 (1211)46.04* (1109)
383531Kirk BaptisteUSA10.11 (1169)19.96 (1226)45.63 (1136)
393530Alonso EdwardPAN10.02 (1199)19.81 (1250)47.40i (1081)
393530Baboloki ThebeBOT10.29 (1108)20.21 (1187)44.22 (1235)
413528Leandro PeñalverCUB10.06 (1186)20.22 (1186)45.35 (1156)
423524Ja’Warren HookerUSA10.18 (1145)20.23 (1184)44.78 (1195)
433523Henry ThomasUSA10.15 (1155)20.18 (1192)45.05 (1176)
433523Shingo SuetsuguJPN10.03 (1196)20.03 (1215)45.99 (1112)
453521Dedric DukesUSA10.13 (1162)19.97 (1225)45.66 (1134)
463520Michael MathieuBAH10.18 (1145)20.16 (1195)45.00 (1180)
473519Olapade AdenikenNGR09.94* (1227)20.11 (1203)46.34 (1089)
483518Nickel AshmeadeJAM09.90 (1241)19.85 (1244)47.19 (1033)
493512Vladimir KrylovRUS10.13 (1162)20.23 (1184)45.20 (1166)
503505Tyree WashingtonUSA10.41 (1069)20.09 (1206)44.28 (1230)
503505Clancy EdwardsUSA10.07 (1182)20.03 (1215)46.05 (1108)
503505Koji ItoJPN10.00 (1206)20.16 (1195)46.11 (1104)
533504Troy DouglasNED10.16 (1152)20.19 (1190)45.26 (1162)
533504Claudinei da SilvaBRA10.12 (1165)19.89 (1237)46.14 (1102)
553502Joe DeLoachUSA10.03 (1196)19.75 (1260)46.99 (1046)
563497Sunday BadaNGR10.27 (1115)20.28 (1176)44.63 (1206)
563497Chris WilliamsJAM10.05 (1189)20.02 (1217)46.30 (1091)
583496Lionel LarryUSA10.23 (1128)20.37 (1162)44.63 (1206)
593495Cliff WileyUSA10.21 (1135)20.39 (1159)44.70 (1201)
603494Ramon ClayUSA10.21 (1135)20.05 (1212)45.48 (1147)
603494Ryan BaileyUSA09.88 (1248)20.10 (1204)47.05 (1042)
623492Tony McQuayUSA10.22 (1132)20.60 (1127)44.24 (1233)
633489Mario ForsytheJAM09.95 (1224)20.27 (1178)46.37 (1087)
643487David OaksUSA10.12 (1165)20.34 (1167)45.36 (1155)
643487Jordan VadenUSA10.20 (1138)19.98 (1223)45.79 (1126)
663482Atlee MahornCAN10.16 (1152)20.17 (1193)45.62 (1137)
673484Bruno HortelanoESP10.06 (1186)20.12 (1201)46.22 (1097)
683480Michael NormanUSA10.27 (1115)20.14 (1198)45.19 (1167)
693479Sebastian KeitelCHI10.10 (1172)20.15 (1196)46.01 (1111)
693479Nesta CarterJAM09.78 (1283)20.25 (1181)47.46 (1015)
693479Nethaneel Mitchell-BlakeGBR10.09 (1176)19.95 (1228)46.55 (1075)
723476Alvis WhittedUSA10.07 (1182)20.29 (1175)45.88 (1119)
733475Andre De GrasseCAN09.91 (1238)19.80 (1252)47.93 (985)
743474Marcus la GrangeRSA10.30 (1105)20.35 (1165)44.65 (1204)
753472Daniel BatmanAUS10.19 (1142)20.44 (1152)45.02 (1178)
763470Kim CollinsSKN09.93 (1231)20.20 (1189)46.93 (1050)
773469Ameer WebbUSA09.94 (1227)19.85 (1244)47.72 (998)
783465Patrick DeliceTTO10.35 (1089)20.34 (1167)44.58 (1209)
793463Michael FranksUSA10.25 (1122)20.62 (1124)44.47 (1217)
803462Antonio PettigrewUSA10.42 (1066)20.38 (1161)44.21 (1235)
803462Kevin BraunskillUSA10.16 (1152)20.14* (1198)45.99 (1112)
823461Dean CapobiancoAUS10.25 (1122)20.18 (1192)45.47 (1147)
823461Desai WilliamsCAN10.11 (1169)20.29 (1175)45.92 (1117)
843460Anastasios GoúsisGRE10.27 (1115)20.11 (1203)45.55 (1142)
843460Roy MartinUSA10.12 (1165)20.05 (1212)46.42 (1083)
863459Steve LewisUSA10.41 (1069)20.58 (1130)43.87 (1260)
863459Ato BoldonTTO09.86 (1255)19.77 (1256)48.52 (948)
883456Riaan DempersRSA10.34* (1092)20.16 (1195)45.15 (1169)
883456Nery BrenesCRC10.44 (1059)20.20 (1189)44.60 (1208)
903455Linford ChristieGBR09.87 (1252)20.09 (1206)47.75 (997)
913454Julian ForteJAM10.03 (1196)19.97 (1225)47.18 (1033)
923453Maurice GreeneUSA09.79 (1280)19.86 (1242)48.79 (931)
933452Brendon RodneyCAN10.28 (1112)19.96 (1226)45.96 (1114)
943450Lansford SpenceJAM10.36 (1085)20.33 (1169)44.77 (1196)
943450James GilkesGUY10.19 (1142)20.14 (1198)46.02 (1110)
943450Ivory WilliamsUSA09.93 (1231)20.62 (1124)46.25 (1095)
973448Lalonde GordonTTO10.45 (1056)20.26 (1179)44.52 (1213)
973448Tod LongUSA10.22 (1132)20.34* (1167)45.45 (1149)
993447Sidnei de SouzaBRA10.27 (1115)20.27 (1178)45.38 (1154)
1003446Angelo TaylorUSA10.58 (1015)20.23 (1184)44.05 (1247)
1003446Anthuan MaybankUSA10.47 (1050)20.41 (1156)44.15 (1240)

(Thanks to stats from ATFS, Justin Clouder, Jim Rorick and Mirko Jalava)
List first published 7 Jan 2015.

2 Comments

  1. Anthony says: January 8, 2015 • 12:11:26

    Where’s Justin Gatlin?

  2. Jon Mulkeen says: January 8, 2015 • 22:29:22

    He has never run an individual 400m.

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