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The method I use to identify the 10 all time best athletes is a very simple.
From the Top 10 lists in the yearly statistics (Men 1891-2004, Women 1921-2004), the athlete
in the first position receives 10 points, the athlete in the second position receives 9 points
and so on down to the tenth position.
Athlete with the most points is the best.
The same method is applied to Olympic Games, World Championships, and European Championships.
The athlete in the first place receives 10 points, the athlete in the second place
receives 9 points and so on down to the tenth place.
Top 10 Yearly Statistics
Points Years
Asafa Powell  JAM  103  2002-2016
Carl Lewis  USA  102  1980-1996
Justin Gatlin  USA  96  2001-2021
Tyson Gay  USA  79  2004-2016
Linford Christie  GBR  78  1986-1997
Usain Bolt  JAM  76  2007-2017
Richard Rau  GER  75  1909-1921
Maurice Greene  USA  72  1996-2005
Frank Fredericks  NAM  65  1989-2003
Hubert Houben  GER  65  1921-1928
Top 10 Olympic Games
Points
Usain Bolt  JAM  30   
Justin Gatlin  USA  27   
Dennis Mitchell  USA  22   
Archie Hahn  USA  20   
Carl Lewis  USA  20   
Linford Christie  GBR  19   
Ralph Metcalfe  USA  18   
Frank Fredericks  NAM  18   
Maurice Greene  USA  18   
Valeriy Borzov  URS  18   
Top 10 World Championships
Points
Justin Gatlin  USA  47   
Usain Bolt  JAM  38   
Carl Lewis  USA  37   
Kim Collins  SKN  31   
Bruny Surin  CAN  31   
Maurice Greene  USA  30   
Linford Christie  GBR  30   
Tim Montgomery  USA  29   
Frank Fredericks  NAM  25   
10  Tyson Gay  USA  24   
10  Christian Coleman  USA  24   
Top 10 European Championships
Points
Valeriy Borzov  URS  33   
Linford Christie  GBR  30   
Christophe Lemaitre  FRA  29   
Francis Obikwelu  POR  27   
Dwain Chambers  GBR  26   
Pietro Mennea  ITA  19   
Darren Campbell  GBR  19   
Claude Piquemal  FRA  18   
Jaysuma Saidy Ndure  NOR  18   
10  Etienne Bally  FRA  17   
10  Jak Ali Harvey  TUR  17