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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
Dennis Horgan  IRL  128  1892-1912
Parry O'Brien  USA  126  1950-1966
Udo Beyer  GER  118  1973-1991
Patrick McDonald  USA  107  1909-1928
Christian Cantwell  USA  104  2002-2015
Elmer Niklander  FIN  99  1908-1924
Adam Nelson  USA  96  1998-2012
John Godina  USA  92  1993-2007
Reese Hoffa  USA  88  2002-2016
10  Ralph Rose  USA  86  1903-1913
Top 10 Olympic Games
Points
Parry O'Brien  USA  36   
Ralph Rose  USA  29   
Udo Beyer  GDR  25   
Tomasz Majewski  POL  25   
George Woods  USA  22   
Elmer Niklander  FIN  21   
Yuriy Bilonog  UKR  21   
Werner Günthör  SUI  21   
Ryan Crouser  USA  20   
10  Randy Barnes  USA  19   
10  Randy Matson  USA  19   
10  William Nieder  USA  19   
Top 10 World Championships
Points
Adam Nelson  USA  46   
Joe Kovacs  USA  38   
John Godina  USA  37   
Reese Hoffa  USA  36   
Andrei Mikhnevich  BLR  35   
Oliver-Sven Buder  GER  34   
Yuriy Bilonog  UKR  33   
Tomas Walsh  NZL  32   
Werner Günthör  SUI  30   
10  David Storl  GER  29   
Top 10 European Championships
Points
David Storl  GER  44   
Udo Beyer  GDR  37   
Vilmos Varju  HUN  35   
Wladyslaw Komar  POL  28   
Ralf Bartels  GER  26   
Jiri Skobla  TCH  23   
Yuriy Bilonog  UKR  23   
Tomasz Majewski  POL  20   
Gunnar Huseby  ISL  20   
Hartmut Briesenick  GDR  20