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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
Johnny Gray  USA  98  1982-1997
Sebastian Coe  GBR  92  1977-1989
Wilson Kipketer  DEN  86  1993-2004
Mario Lanzi  ITA  67  1934-1945
Nijel Amos  BOT  66  2012-2021
David Lekuta Rudisha  KEN  66  2007-2017
Melvin Sheppard  USA  66  1906-1913
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi  RSA  62  2001-2010
Audun Boysen  NOR  59  1950-1958
10  Wilfred Bungei  KEN  57  2000-2008
Top 10 Olympic Games
Points
Philip Edwards  CAN  23   
Johnny Gray  USA  22   
Hezekiél Sepeng  RSA  21   
Peter Snell  NZL  20   
Malvin Whitfield  USA  20   
David Lekuta Rudisha  KEN  20   
Douglas Lowe  GBR  20   
Steve Ovett  GBR  19   
Melvin Sheppard  USA  19   
Joaquim Cruz  BRA  19   
James Lightbody  USA  19   
Top 10 World Championships
Points
Yuriy Borzakovskiy  RUS  41   
Wilson Kipketer  DEN  37   
Billy Konchellah  KEN  28   
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi  RSA  27   
Djabir Said-Guerni  ALG  24   
Adam Kszczot  POL  23   
Alfred Kirwa Yego  KEN  23   
Hezekiel Sepeng  RSA  22   
Wilfred Bungei  KEN  22   
10  Nick Symmonds  USA  20   
10  David Lekuta Rudisha  KEN  20   
Top 10 European Championships
Points
Adam Kszczot  POL  38   
Manfred Matuschewski  GDR  28   
Sebastian Coe  GBR  27   
Marcin Lewandowski  POL  25   
Dieter Fromm  GDR  23   
Audun Boysen  NOR  23   
Tom McKean  GBR  19   
Nils Schumann  GER  18   
Steve Ovett  GBR  18   
André Bucher  SUI  18