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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
Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR  103  1994-2004
Noureddine Morceli  ALG  79  1990-1999
Asbel Kiprop  KEN  77  2008-2017
Kipchoge Keino  KEN  71  1965-1972
Bernard Lagat  USA  70  1999-2011
Steve Cram  GBR  66  1980-1993
Glenn Cunningham  USA  62  1932-1940
John Zander  SWE  61  1909-1920
Arne Andersson  SWE  61  1939-1945
10  Said Aouita  MAR  60  1982-1991
Top 10 Olympic Games
Points
Steve Cram  GBR  20   
James Lightbody  USA  20   
Sebastian Coe  GBR  20   
Fermin Cacho  ESP  19   
Kipchoge Keino  KEN  19   
Abdalaati Iguider  MAR  19   
Taoufik Makhloufi  ALG  19   
Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR  19   
Luigi Beccali  ITA  18   
10  Matthew Centrowitz  USA  17   
10  Bernard Lagat  KEN  17   
Top 10 World Championships
Points
Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR  49   
Asbel Kiprop  KEN  44   
Noureddine Morceli  ALG  37   
Fermin Cacho  ESP  34   
Timothy Cheruiyot  KEN  28   
Reyes EstÚvez  ESP  27   
Bernard Lagat  USA  27   
Matthew Centrowitz  USA  23   
Silas Kiplagat  KEN  20   
10  Elijah Motonei Manangoi  KEN  19   
10  Rashid Ramzi  BRN  19   
Top 10 European Championships
Points
Henrik Ingebrigtsen  NOR  34   
Steve Cram  GBR  26   
Reyes EstÚvez  ESP  26   
Henryk Szordykowski  POL  20   
Mehdi Baala  FRA  20   
Michel Jazy  FRA  19   
Fermin Cacho  ESP  18   
Luigi Beccali  ITA  18   
Arturo Casado  ESP  17   
Rui Silva  POR  17