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 ...

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  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 ...

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Part one | part two | part three My highlight of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games     Had someone told me four years ago that my highlight of the 2016 Olympics would be a race-walking event, I’d have laughed in their face. For years, race walking was the one athletics discipline I had no interest in. But in recent years I’ve understood the event better and have developed an appreciation for it. The discipline is often the butt of jokes, ...

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Part one | part two Super Mario and his taxi of joy I shan’t remember 14 August 2016 as the night that Wayde van Niekerk broke the world 400m record, nor will I remember it as the day that Usain Bolt won his third Olympic 100m title in a row. No, I’ll remember 14 August 2016 as the day I had the best taxi ride of my life. I’d visited the Canadian Olympic House with some colleagues and friends ...

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Following on from part one, these next few instalments (I have no idea how many there will be) focus more on the competition itself in Rio, plus a few other experiences away from the competition arena. It’s not a blow-by-blow report of each event, as they have already been covered in depth long ago elsewhere; it’s simply my own personal account of some of the more memorable events. Embed from Getty Images A flying start No one expected ...

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