My name’s Jon and I have a new addiction: tracking down hard-to-find PBs of female sprinters.

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 difinitive list.

Track and Field News already do a sterling job of maintaining the top 100 list of fastest men’s combined sprinters. They also have a list of women’s combined sprinters, but it only covers the top 23. So I’ve picked up the baton and ran with it to create a top 100.

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 – as per T&FN‘s list – 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.

Pos
Score
Athlete
100m
200m
400m
13775Marita Koch10.83 (1229)21.71 (1256)47.60 (1290)
23757Florence Griffith-Joyner10.49 (1296)21.34 (1290)50.89 (1171)
33745Marion Jones10.65 (1264)21.62 (1264)49.59 (1217)
43702Gwen Torrence10.82 (1231)21.72 (1255)49.64 (1216)
53701Marie-Jose Perec10.96 (1204)21.99 (1231)48.25 (1266)
63693Allyson Felix10.89 (1218)21.69 (1258)49.59 (1217)
73690Valerie Brisco10.99 (1198)21.81 (1247)48.83 (1245)
73690Irina Privalova10.77 (1241)21.87 (1242)49.89 (1207)
93688Jarmila Kratochvilova11.09 (1179)21.97 (1233)47.99 (1276)
103674Sanya Richards-Ross10.97 (1202)22.09 (1222)48.70 (1250)
113667Barbel Wockel10.95 (1206)21.85 (1243)49.56 (1218)
123662Merlene Ottey10.74 (1247)21.64 (1252)51.12 (1163)
133654Grace Jackson11.08 (1181)21.72 (1255)49.57 (1218)
143652Evelyn Ashford10.76 (1243)21.83 (1245)51.08 (1164)
153648Veronica Campbell-Brown10.76 (1243)21.74 (1253)52.24i (1152)
163640Chandra Cheeseborough11.13 (1172)21.99 (1231)49.05 (1237)
173637Pauline Davis-Thompson10.97 (1202)22.27 (1206)49.28 (1229)
183633Pam Marshall11.01 (1194)21.93 (1236)49.99 (1203)
193621Kathy Cook11.10 (1177)22.10 (1221)49.43 (1223)
203619Sherone Simpson10.82 (1231)22.00 (1230)51.25 (1158)
213614Kerron Stewart10.75 (1245)21.99 (1231)51.83 (1138)
223611Irena Szewinska11.13 (1172)22.21 (1211)49.29 (1228)
223611Cathy Freeman11.24 (1151)22.25 (1208)48.63 (1252)
243609LaTasha Colander10.97 (1202)22.34 (1200)49.87 (1207)
253605Falilat Ogunkoya11.19 (1160)22.22 (1210)49.10 (1235)
263595Sandra Myers11.06 (1185)22.38 (1196)49.67 (1214)
273593Inger Miller10.79 (1237)21.77 (1251)52.76 (1105)
283592Evette de Klerk11.06 (1185)22.06 (1225)50.57 (1182)
293588Dawn Sowell10.78 (1239)22.04 (1226)53.08i (1123)
303585Dannette Young-Stone11.06 (1185)22.18 (1214)50.46 (1186)
303585Grit Breuer11.13 (1172)22.45 (1190)49.42 (1223)
323584Ewa Witkowska10.93 (1210)22.13 (1218)51.30 (1156)
323584Yuliya Gushchina11.13 (1172)22.53 (1183)49.28 (1229)
343582Gesine Walther11.13 (1172)22.24 (1209)50.03 (1201)
353580Carmelita Jeter10.64 (1266)22.11 (1220)53.08 (1094)
353580Tatana Kocembova11.31 (1138)22.47 (1188)48.59 (1254)
373575MeLisa Barber10.95 (1206)22.37 (1197)50.87 (1172)
383574Carlette Guidry10.94 (1208)22.14 (1217)51.51 (1149)
383574Joanna Atkins11.09 (1179)22.27 (1206)50.39 (1189)
403570Juliet Cuthbert10.83 (1229)21.75 (1252)53.1h (1089)
403570Olga Bryzgina11.2h (1114)22.44 (1191)48.27 (1265)
423558Muriel Hurtis10.96 (1204)22.31 (1202)51.41 (1152)
433555Svetlana Goncharenko11.13 (1172)22.46 (1189)50.23 (1194)
443553Juliet Campbell11.15 (1168)22.50 (1186)50.11 (1199)
443553Christina Brehmer11.18 (1162)22.61 (1176)49.66 (1215)
463552Kim Gevaert11.04 (1189)22.20 (1212)51.45 (1151)
473548Angella Issajenko10.97 (1202)22.25 (1208)51.81 (1138)
483546Ionela Tirlea11.30 (1140)22.35 (1199)49.88 (1207)
493545Shericka Williams11.34 (1132)22.50 (1186)49.32 (1227)
503544Aleksandra Fedoriva11.28 (1143)22.19 (1213)51.18i (1188)
513541Svetlana Pospelova11.32 (1136)22.39 (1195)49.80 (1210)
523540Mary Onyali10.97 (1202)22.07 (1224)52.50 (1114)
523540Silke-Beate Knoll11.17 (1164)22.29 (1204)50.85 (1172)
543539Kirsten Emmelmann11.23 (1153)22.50 (1186)50.07 (1200)
553538Michelle Collins11.19 (1160)22.57 (1179)50.11 (1199)
553538Mikele Barber11.02 (1193)22.73 (1165)50.63 (1180)
573536Ebonie Floyd11.13 (1172)22.32 (1201)51.10 (1163)
573536Diane Dixon11.27 (1145)22.53 (1183)49.84 (1208)
593535Natasha Hastings11.24 (1151)22.61 (1176)49.84 (1208)
603533Merlene Frazer11.20 (1158)22.18 (1214)51.18 (1161)
603533Natalya Bochina11.14 (1170)22.19 (1213)51.47 (1150)
623531Lyudmila Kondrateyeva11.02 (1193)22.31 (1202)51.87 (1136)
623531Tatyana Alekseyeva11.16 (1166)22.77 (1162)49.98 (1203)
643527Christine Arron10.73 (1249)22.26 (1207)53.76 (1071)
653526Charity Opara11.40 (1121)22.60 (1177)49.29 (1228)
663524Melinda Gainsford-Taylor11.12 (1174)22.23 (1209)51.73 (1141)
673522Laverne Jones-Ferrette11.07 (1183)22.46 (1189)51.47 (1150)
683520Tonette Dyer11.20 (1158)22.34 (1200)51.15 (1162)
693518Monique Hennagan11.26 (1147)22.87 (1153)49.56 (1218)
703517Maya Azarashvili11.08 (1181)22.24 (1209)52.13 (1127)
713514Shalonda Solomon10.90 (1216)22.15 (1217)53.47 (1081)
713514Debbie Ferguson10.91 (1214)22.19 (1213)53.30 (1087)
733512Mona-Lisa Pursiainen11.19 (1160)22.39 (1195)51.27 (1157)
733512Damaryanthi Darsha11.19 (1160)22.48 (1187)51.05 (1165)
733512Raelene Boyle11.20 (1158)22.45 (1190)51.08 (1164)
733512Katharine Merry11.34 (1132)22.76 (1163)49.59 (1217)
773509Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce10.70 (1255)22.09 (1222)54.93 (1032)
773509Christine Ohuruogu11.35 (1130)22.85 (1155)49.41 (1224)
793507Celena Mondie-Milner11.17 (1164)22.55 (1181)51.14 (1162)
803506Angela Bailey10.98 (1200)22.64 (1173)51.96 (1133)
813505Carol Rodriguez11.28 (1143)22.23 (1209)51.39 (1153)
813505Heide Seyerling11.35 (1130)22.63 (1174)50.05 (1201)
833503Monique Henderson11.34 (1132)22.71 (1167)49.96 (1204)
843502Cydonie Mothersill11.08 (1181)22.39 (1195)52.18 (1126)
853501Crystal Cox11.31 (1138)22.58 (1179)50.52 (1184)
853501Alexandria Anderson10.91 (1214)22.60 (1177)52.63 (1110)
873499Sevatheda Fynes10.91 (1214)22.32 (1201)53.40 (1084)
883496Fatima Yusuf-Olukoju11.69 (1068)22.28 (1205)49.43 (1223)
883496LaTasha Jenkins11.02 (1193)22.29 (1204)52.95 (1099)
883496Marita Payne11.43 (1115)22.62 (1175)49.91 (1206)
913495Bianca Knight11.07 (1183)22.35 (1199)52.55 (1113)
913495Vineta Ikauniece11.34 (1132)22.49 (1186)50.71 (1177)
933493Christine Amertil11.43 (1115)22.58 (1179)50.09 (1199)
943492Anita Howard11.14 (1170)22.85 (1155)51.01 (1167)
953491Tania Van Heer-Murphy11.29 (1141)22.42 (1193)51.28 (1157)
963489Leslie Cole11.22 (1155)22.63 (1174)51.20 (1160)
973487Shaunae Miller11.41 (1119)22.45 (1190)50.70 (1178)
983486Myriam Mani10.98 (1200)22.41 (1194)53.0h (1092)
993484Ute Thimm11.31 (1138)22.87 (1153)50.28 (1193)
993484Sherri Howard11.24 (1151)22.97 (1145)50.40 (1188)

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

6 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. jody says: January 15, 2014 • 16:03:12

    Did Dawn Sowell ever run a 400m ?

  3. Gerard Yoli says: January 15, 2014 • 19:26:57

    You made the same mistake that the Track & Field News’ correspondent made in assembling his list about a month or so ago: you left out an Olympic Gold medalist who *should* be in the top-10. Hint: Don’t look back two far, it was only less than 25 years go. Also Colander-Richardson has a PB of 22.34

  4. Jon Mulkeen says: January 15, 2014 • 22:47:43

    Jody – Not that I can see.

  5. Jon Mulkeen says: January 15, 2014 • 22:52:11

    Gerard – Thanks for the Colander correction. I have now amended it.

    Is Gail Devers the gold medallist you’re referring to? She is sometimes credited with a 52.66 400m PB, but it turns out that’s a relay split, not an individual PB.

  6. 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

Leave a comment