I’ve always been interested in all-round talented athletes, and occasionally the subject of the best all-round sprinters pops up on message boards. So I’ve set about in creating 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.

The spreadsheet I created actually covers 180 sprinters, but it had to go that deep to ensure I didn’t miss anyone of note. I’ve listed the top 100 below, and now that the difficult work has been done in compiling it, I’ll try to maintain it year-on-year. So if you have any amendments/additions, please get in touch or leave a comment below.

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. That includes marks like Flo Jo’s 10.49 world record, but doesn’t include any disqualified performances as a result of a drugs ban.

Update – 6 January 2015

The new year has brought with it a new update to this list. At the end of 2014, there were three additions to this list: Kamaria Brown (51st), Myriam Soumare (74th) and Anyika Onuora (=99th).

Significantly, though, the IAAF scoring tables were altered in mid-2014, so I have updated all of the scores to reflect the new system. There were few changes of note and the positions roughly stayed the same, but the new system gives extra points to the better marks and fewer points to the weaker marks. It means the gaps between the athletes at the top are more pronounced and list leader Koch now exceeds 3800 points.

I have also added in a column to denote the athletes’ nationalities, which means you can sort the list by country.

Update – 9 February 2016

Another year, another update to this list.

At the end of 2015, Shaunae Miller made the biggest jump on this list, going from 99th to 44th after setting big PBs in the 200m and 400m.

Dina Asher-Smith was the highest new entry. Her British records in the 100m and 200m meant she entered the list at 86th.

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)
253616Falilat OgunkoyaNGR11.19 (1159)22.22 (1215)49.10 (1242)
263605Inger MillerUSA10.79 (1246)21.77 (1262)52.76 (1097)
273604Sandra MyersESP11.06 (1187)22.38 (1198)49.67 (1219)
283601Evette de KlerkRSA11.06 (1187)22.06 (1231)50.57 (1183)
293600Dawn SowellUSA10.78 (1248)22.04 (1233)53.08i (1119)
303595Olga BryzginaUKR11.2h (1127)22.44 (1192)48.27 (1276)
313594Joanna AtkinsUSA11.02 (1195)22.27 (1209)50.39 (1190)
323593Dannette Young-StoneUSA11.06 (1187)22.18 (1219)50.46 (1187)
323593Ewa WitkowskaPOL10.93 (1215)22.13 (1224)51.30 (1154)
343592Grit BreuerGER11.13 (1172)22.45 (1191)49.42 (1229)
353591Carmelita JeterUSA10.64 (1280)22.11 (1226)53.08 (1085)
363589Yuliya GushchinaRUS11.13 (1172)22.53 (1182)49.28 (1235)
373588Gesine WaltherGER11.13 (1172)22.24 (1212)50.03 (1204)
383585Tatana KocembovaCZE11.31 (1133)22.47 (1189)48.59 (1263)
383585Juliet CuthbertJAM10.83 (1237)21.75 (1264)53.1h (1084)
403582Carlette GuidryUSA10.94 (1213)22.14 (1223)51.51 (1146)
413581MeLisa BarberUSA10.95 (1211)22.37 (1199)50.87 (1171)
423563Muriel HurtisFRA10.96 (1209)22.31 (1205)51.41 (1149)
433558Svetlana GoncharenkoRUS11.13 (1172)22.46 (1190)50.23 (1196)
443556Kim GevaertBEL11.04 (1191)22.20 (1217)51.45 (1148)
443556Shaunae MillerBAH11.40 (1114)22.14 (1223)49.67 (1219)
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)
523544Kamaria BrownUSA11.39 (1116)22.50i (1226)50.94i (1202)
533543Mary OnyaliNGR10.97 (1206)22.07 (1230)52.50 (1107)
543542Svetlana PospelovaRUS11.32 (1131)22.39 (1197)49.80 (1214)
543542Silke-Beate KnollGER11.17 (1163)22.29 (1207)50.85 (1172)
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)
593537Mikele BarberUSA11.02 (1195)22.73 (1162)50.63 (1180)
603536Diane DixonUSA11.27 (1142)22.53 (1182)49.84 (1212)
613535Merlene FrazerJAM11.20 (1157)22.18 (1219)51.18 (1159)
623534Natasha HastingsUSA11.24 (1148)22.61 (1174)49.84 (1212)
623534Natalya BochinaRUS11.14 (1169)22.19 (1218)51.47 (1147)
643531Lyudmila KondrateyevaRUS11.02 (1195)22.31 (1205)51.87 (1131)
653529Tatyana AlekseyevaRUS11.16 (1165)22.77 (1158)49.98 (1206)
663528Christine ArronFRA10.73 (1259)22.26 (1210)53.76 (1059)
673525Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS11.12 (1174)22.23 (1214)51.73 (1137)
683523Charity OparaNGR11.40 (1114)22.60 (1175)49.29 (1234)
693522Laverne Jones-FerretteISV11.07 (1185)22.46 (1190)51.47 (1147)
703519Tonette DyerUSA11.20 (1157)22.34 (1202)51.15 (1160)
713515Monique HennaganUSA11.26 (1144)22.87 (1148)49.56 (1223)
713515Maya AzarashviliGEO11.08 (1182)22.24 (1212)52.13 (1121)
733514Debbie FergusonBAH10.91 (1220)22.19 (1218)53.30 (1076)
733514Shalonda SolomonUSA10.90 (1222)22.15 (1222)53.47 (1070)
753513Myriam SoumareFRA11.03 (1193)22.11 (1226)52.83 (1094)
763511Damaryanthi DarshaSRI11.19 (1159)22.48 (1188)51.05 (1164)
763511Mona-Lisa PursiainenFIN11.19 (1159)22.39 (1197)51.27 (1155)
783510Raelene BoyleAUS11.20 (1157)22.45 (1191)51.08 (1162)
793509Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceJAM10.70 (1266)22.09 (1228)54.93 (1015)
803508Katharine MerryGBR11.34 (1127)22.76 (1159)49.59 (1222)
813504Christine OhuruoguGBR11.35 (1125)22.85 (1150)49.41 (1229)
823503Celena Mondie-MilnerUSA11.17 (1163)22.55 (1180)51.14 (1160)
823503Angela BaileyCAN10.98 (1204)22.64 (1171)51.96 (1128)
823503Carol RodriguezPUR11.28 (1139)22.23 (1214)51.39 (1150)
823503Anyika OnuoraGBR11.18 (1161)22.64 (1171)50.87 (1171)
863501Dina Asher-SmithGBR10.99 (1202)22.07 (1230)53.49 (1069)
873500Heide SeyerlingRSA11.35 (1125)22.63 (1172)50.05 (1203)
883498Monique HendersonUSA11.34 (1127)22.71 (1164)49.96 (1207)
883498Cydonie MothersillCAY11.08 (1182)22.39 (1197)52.18 (1119)
903497Alexandria AndersonUSA10.91 (1220)22.60 (1175)52.63 (1102)
903497Sevatheda FynesBAH10.91 (1220)22.32 (1204)53.40 (1073)
923495Crystal CoxUSA11.31 (1133)22.58 (1177)50.52 (1185)
933492LaTasha JenkinsUSA11.02 (1195)22.29 (1207)52.95 (1090)
943491Fatima Yusuf-OlukojuNGR11.69 (1054)22.28 (1208)49.43 (1229)
943491Vineta IkaunieceLAT11.34 (1127)22.49 (1187)50.71 (1177)
963491Bianca KnightUSA11.07 (1185)22.35 (1201)52.55 (1105)
973490Marita PayneCAN11.43 (1108)22.62 (1173)49.91 (1209)
983488ChaRonda WilliamsUSA11.07 (1185)22.32 (1204)52.71 (1099)
993487Christine AmertilBAH11.43 (1108)22.58 (1177)50.09 (1202)
993487Myriam ManiCMR10.98 (1204)22.41 (1195)53.0h (1088)

(Thanks to stats from ATFS, David Reid, Jim Rorick and Mirko Jalava)

8 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?

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