I have set about trying to compile a definitive list of both the men’s and women’s all-round sprinters.

This is based solely on PBs and doesn’t take medals into consideration, so the fairest and most widely-accepted method of creating such a list is by using the IAAF scoring tables, which assign a points value to athletics performances.

A few things to note: Where electronically-timed PBs don’t exist for an athlete, I have included hand-timed performances, but 0.24 has been added for 100m & 200m hand-timed marks and 0.14 for 400m. 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.

While some people discount certain performances of some athletes for various reasons (i.e. the belief that they were wind-assisted or drug-assisted), for argument’s sake I have simply included any and all performances that are recognised by the IAAF.

If you have any amendments/additions, please get in touch or leave a comment below.

Update – 22 September 2016

For the second season in a row, Shaunae Miller is the biggest mover on this list.

Having gone from 99th in 2014 to 44th in 2015, the Olympic 400m champion now sits at =24th and is the 30th member of the 3600-point club.

Other new entries this year include Kyra Jefferson (71st), Taylor Ellis-Watson (78th), Quanera Hayes (=94th), Anneisha McLaughlin (=97th) and Desiree Henry (99th).

PosScoreAthleteNat100m200m400m
13809Marita KochGER10.83 (1237)21.71 (1268)47.60 (1304)
23792Florence Griffith-JoynerUSA10.49 (1314)21.34 (1308)50.89 (1170)
33777Marion JonesUSA10.65 (1277)21.62 (1278)49.59 (1222)
43730Allyson FelixUSA10.89 (1224)21.69 (1271)49.26 (1235)
53726Gwen TorrenceUSA10.82 (1239)21.72 (1267)49.64 (1220)
63725Marie-Jose PerecFRA10.96 (1209)21.99 (1239)48.25 (1277)
73713Valerie BriscoUSA10.99 (1202)21.81 (1258)48.83 (1253)
83712Irina PrivalovaRUS10.77 (1251)21.87 (1251)49.89 (1210)
93709Jarmila KratochvilovaCZE11.09 (1180)21.97 (1241)47.99 (1288)
103694Merlene OtteyJAM10.74 (1257)21.64 (1276)51.12 (1161)
113692Sanya Richards-RossUSA10.97 (1206)22.09 (1228)48.70 (1258)
123688Barbel WockelGER10.95 (1211)21.85 (1254)49.56 (1223)
133672Grace JacksonJAM11.08 (1182)21.72 (1267)49.57 (1223)
143671Evelyn AshfordUSA10.76 (1253)21.83 (1256)51.08 (1162)
153669Veronica Campbell-BrownJAM10.76 (1253)21.74 (1265)52.24i (1151)
163655Chandra CheeseboroughUSA11.13 (1172)21.99 (1239)49.05 (1244)
173650Pauline Davis-ThompsonBAH10.97 (1206)22.27 (1209)49.28 (1235)
183649Pam MarshallUSA11.01 (1198)21.93 (1245)49.99 (1206)
193634Kathy CookGBR11.10 (1178)22.10 (1227)49.43 (1229)
203633Sherone SimpsonJAM10.82 (1239)22.00 (1238)51.25 (1156)
213627Kerron StewartJAM10.75 (1255)21.99 (1239)51.83 (1133)
223622Irena SzewinskaPOL11.13 (1172)22.21 (1216)49.29 (1234)
233620Cathy FreemanAUS11.24 (1148)22.25 (1211)48.63 (1261)
243619LaTasha ColanderUSA10.97 (1206)22.34 (1202)49.87 (1211)
243619Shaunae MillerBAH11.19 (1159)22.05 (1232)49.44 (1228)
263616Falilat OgunkoyaNGR11.19 (1159)22.22 (1215)49.10 (1242)
273605Inger MillerUSA10.79 (1246)21.77 (1262)52.76 (1097)
283604Sandra MyersESP11.06 (1187)22.38 (1198)49.67 (1219)
293601Evette de KlerkRSA11.06 (1187)22.06 (1231)50.57 (1183)
303600Dawn SowellUSA10.78 (1248)22.04 (1233)53.08i (1119)
313595Olga BryzginaUKR11.2h (1127)22.44 (1192)48.27 (1276)
323594Joanna AtkinsUSA11.02 (1195)22.27 (1209)50.39 (1190)
333593Dannette Young-StoneUSA11.06 (1187)22.18 (1219)50.46 (1187)
333593Ewa WitkowskaPOL10.93 (1215)22.13 (1224)51.30 (1154)
353592Grit BreuerGER11.13 (1172)22.45 (1191)49.42 (1229)
363591Carmelita JeterUSA10.64 (1280)22.11 (1226)53.08 (1085)
373589Yuliya GushchinaRUS11.13 (1172)22.53 (1182)49.28 (1235)
383588Gesine WaltherGER11.13 (1172)22.24 (1212)50.03 (1204)
393585Tatana KocembovaCZE11.31 (1133)22.47 (1189)48.59 (1263)
393585Juliet CuthbertJAM10.83 (1237)21.75 (1264)53.1h (1084)
413582Carlette GuidryUSA10.94 (1213)22.14 (1223)51.51 (1146)
423581MeLisa BarberUSA10.95 (1211)22.37 (1199)50.87 (1171)
433563Muriel HurtisFRA10.96 (1209)22.31 (1205)51.41 (1149)
443558Svetlana GoncharenkoRUS11.13 (1172)22.46 (1190)50.23 (1196)
453556Kim GevaertBEL11.04 (1191)22.20 (1217)51.45 (1148)
463554Christina BrehmerGER11.18 (1161)22.61 (1174)49.66 (1219)
463554Juliet CampbellJAM11.15 (1167)22.50 (1186)50.11 (1201)
483551Angella IssajenkoCAN10.97 (1206)22.25 (1211)51.81 (1134)
493549Aleksandra FedorivaRUS11.28 (1139)22.19 (1218)51.18i (1192)
503546Ionela TirleaROU11.30 (1135)22.35 (1201)49.88 (1210)
503546Shericka WilliamsJAM11.34 (1127)22.50 (1186)49.32 (1233)
523543Mary OnyaliNGR10.97 (1206)22.07 (1230)52.50 (1107)
533542Svetlana PospelovaRUS11.32 (1131)22.39 (1197)49.80 (1214)
533542Silke-Beate KnollGER11.17 (1163)22.29 (1207)50.85 (1172)
553541Kamaria BrownUSA11.34 (1127)22.24 (1212)50.94i (1202)
563539Kirsten EmmelmannGER11.23 (1150)22.50 (1186)50.07 (1203)
573538Michelle CollinsUSA11.19 (1159)22.57 (1178)50.11 (1201)
573538Ebonie FloydUSA11.13 (1172)22.32 (1204)51.10 (1162)
573538Natasha HastingsUSA11.24 (1148)22.57 (1178)49.84 (1212)
603537Mikele BarberUSA11.02 (1195)22.73 (1162)50.63 (1180)
613536Diane DixonUSA11.27 (1142)22.53 (1182)49.84 (1212)
623535Merlene FrazerJAM11.20 (1157)22.18 (1219)51.18 (1159)
623535Blessing OkagbareNGR10.79 (1246)22.23 (1214)53.34 (1075)
643534Natalya BochinaRUS11.14 (1169)22.19 (1218)51.47 (1147)
653531Lyudmila KondrateyevaRUS11.02 (1195)22.31 (1205)51.87 (1131)
663529Tatyana AlekseyevaRUS11.16 (1165)22.77 (1158)49.98 (1206)
673528Christine ArronFRA10.73 (1259)22.26 (1210)53.76 (1059)
683525Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS11.12 (1174)22.23 (1214)51.73 (1137)
693523Charity OparaNGR11.40 (1114)22.60 (1175)49.29 (1234)
703522Laverne Jones-FerretteISV11.07 (1185)22.46 (1190)51.47 (1147)
713521Kyra JeffersonUSA11.17 (1163)22.24 (1212)51.50 (1146)
723519Tonette DyerUSA11.20 (1157)22.34 (1202)51.15 (1160)
733515Monique HennaganUSA11.26 (1144)22.87 (1148)49.56 (1223)
733515Maya AzarashviliGEO11.08 (1182)22.24 (1212)52.13 (1121)
753514Debbie FergusonBAH10.91 (1220)22.19 (1218)53.30 (1076)
753514Shalonda SolomonUSA10.90 (1222)22.15 (1222)53.47 (1070)
773513Myriam SoumareFRA11.03 (1193)22.11 (1226)52.83 (1094)
783512Taylor Ellis-WatsonUSA11.33 (1129)22.48 (1188)50.25 (1195)
793511Damaryanthi DarshaSRI11.19 (1159)22.48 (1188)51.05 (1164)
793511Mona-Lisa PursiainenFIN11.19 (1159)22.39 (1197)51.27 (1155)
813510Raelene BoyleAUS11.20 (1157)22.45 (1191)51.08 (1162)
823509Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceJAM10.70 (1266)22.09 (1228)54.93 (1015)
833508Katharine MerryGBR11.34 (1127)22.76 (1159)49.59 (1222)
843504Christine OhuruoguGBR11.35 (1125)22.85 (1150)49.41 (1229)
853503Celena Mondie-MilnerUSA11.17 (1163)22.55 (1180)51.14 (1160)
853503Angela BaileyCAN10.98 (1204)22.64 (1171)51.96 (1128)
853503Carol RodriguezPUR11.28 (1139)22.23 (1214)51.39 (1150)
853503Anyika OnuoraGBR11.18 (1161)22.64 (1171)50.87 (1171)
893501Dina Asher-SmithGBR10.99 (1202)22.07 (1230)53.49 (1069)
903500Heide SeyerlingRSA11.35 (1125)22.63 (1172)50.05 (1203)
903500Kseniya RyzhovaRUS11.27 (1142)22.91 (1144)49.80 (1214)
923498Monique HendersonUSA11.34 (1127)22.71 (1164)49.96 (1207)
923498Cydonie MothersillCAY11.08 (1182)22.39 (1197)52.18 (1119)
943497Alexandria AndersonUSA10.91 (1220)22.60 (1175)52.63 (1102)
943497Sevatheda FynesBAH10.91 (1220)22.32 (1204)53.40 (1073)
943497Quanera HayesUSA11.27 (1142)22.89 (1146)49.91 (1209)
973495Crystal CoxUSA11.31 (1133)22.58 (1177)50.52 (1185)
973495Anneisha McLaughlinJAM11.23 (1150)22.54 (1181)51.03 (1164)
993493Desiree HenryGBR11.06 (1187)22.46 (1190)52.27 (1116)
1003492LaTasha JenkinsUSA11.02 (1195)22.29 (1207)52.95 (1090)

(Thanks to stats from ATFS, David Reid, Jim Rorick and Mirko Jalava)
List first published 15 Jan 2014.

9 Comments

  1. ID says: January 15, 2014 • 16:01:29

    Great list, J – so annoying that Jones is so far up (accepting your methodology, of course) – no way she was clean when she ran those altitude assisted) short sprint times. Delighted that Kathy Cook makes the top 20!

  2. Bob Bobbins says: April 13, 2014 • 20:29:29

    Good list, well-researched.

    Shows how good Kathy Cook was. How many of those above her do you think were ‘clean’.
    Evelyn Ashford maybe? Grace Jackson possibly? Couldn’t make any sort of case for any of the others….

    BB

  3. Gary Cawker says: April 26, 2014 • 20:52:16

    Great list! Look forward to more of the same.

  4. Upton Upshaw says: January 7, 2015 • 16:07:04

    Lorraine Fenton 11.71, 22.63 and 49.30

  5. Jon Mulkeen says: January 7, 2015 • 16:37:24

    Those marks give her a score of 3456, which means she misses out on making the top 100.

  6. D Knight says: January 7, 2015 • 17:06:50

    Excellent list, and great job here!Gwen Torrance stands out to me as the best all around CLEAN athlete. She caught a LOT of flack for being honest about athletes she felt were tainted. She needs to be rewarded for her stance back then on what is painfully obvious today!

  7. Edward says: January 13, 2015 • 14:53:54

    Its a real shame. The top three is held by persons with suspect performances. Jones was in no way clean when she ran the 10.65 and the records implicate Koch. Not to mention the wind aided FloJo time and the other suspect times she clocked while performing. The real list starts at Gwen.

  8. Gouws says: July 15, 2015 • 12:27:28

    Great list, rather late than never with the comment. As South African the athlete that stands out for met is Evette de Klerk at 28. She run in the years when South Africa was band from international competition without and real competition to push her and how many people know that Evette run barefoot?

  9. Kevin says: March 13, 2016 • 08:28:09

    Great list, you say the scoring charts changed but are the just changed because the times get better in the new era?

    For example Dorothy Hyman ran 11.54 in 1964 what would that score on scoring charts at that time compared with today’s charts. Sorry if I’m confusing the issue.

    I’m trying to rate Athletes across eras to get ATG lists and the only way I can see to do it is take their average top ten races compared with WR at the time and then compared that with today’s WR to get a new average what do people think?

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