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    Jackie Joyner-Kersee for several reasons...

    7,291 pts, the top six performances of all time in the heptathlon (all over 7,000 - a barrier that only one other person has managed to break), 284 points ahead of her nearest rival on the all-time lists (Larisa Nikitina-Turchinskaya), second and third on the all-time lists for the Long Jump with her two 7.49m jumps (just 3cm behind the world record), beating Heike Drechsler's best legal jump.

    Her personal bests are:

    100mh - 12.61s
    HJ - 1.93m
    SP - 16.84m
    200m - 22.30s
    LJ - 7.49m
    JT - 50.11m
    800m - 2:08.51

    Potential total score - 7654 (!!!!!!!!)

    Such was her dominance, that in the 1988 Olympic trials in Indianapolis, she could have not run the 800m and would still have won! Of course, she did run and broke the world record (7215) before going on to break it again at the 88 Olympic Games.

    As for longevity - she has plenty! After narrowly missing out on the 1984 Olympic Gold by 5 points, she continued to improve until she broke the WR for the first time in 1986 (7148). Her scores continued to world class standard, right through to 1993, where she scored 6837 (then aged 31) in Stuttgart. Her last heptathlon attempt was at the 1996 Olympic Games and although she withdrew with an injury, she would have had a very good chance at a medal.

    Surely JJK has to be a VERY strong contender for greatest athlete of all time....?

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  • racewalker
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    >>Daniel Bautista in the walks, esp. the 1976
    >Oly
    >20k.>>

    What did he do, invent a new way
    >to cheat?

    Yawn. Oh, excuse me. Did you say something?

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    Lasse Viren was unbeatable at 5k and 10k at two different Olympics. Thats about as good as anyone has ever done or could hope for.

    There simply was no way to beat the guy at the OGs in those events. You couldn't set fast enough a pace to break him and couldn't out sprint him.

    Although it would have been great seeing Pre try and break him in 1976.

    Say what you want about possible blood doping but Lasse brought peaking to an absolute art form.

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    >Daniel Bautista in the walks, esp. the 1976 Oly
    >20k.>>

    What did he do, invent a new way to cheat?

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    >>AS unpopular as he is with some people,
    >Carl
    >Lewis was a tremendous force in
    >the
    >professionalization of the sport.

    I may
    >be in a minority -- which surprises me -- in
    >feeling this way, but I always felt that far from
    >being obnoxious and arrogant, Carl was almost
    >always gracious and generous.

    I always liked him. He was in the last half of his sprinting career when I first got involved in track, so he was a natural "hero". He often said things that rubbed people the wrong way, but those people needed it anyway. Most of the time, he turned out to be right. Like criticizing the sport's management in the USA -- boy, he was right on! And when he turned down the IAAF's invitation for the Athlete of the Century award to make a stand on drugs, most people didn't understand that he gave up some pats on the back in order to try to influence the new heads of the IAAF and IOC. Could you have imagined Cassell ever doing that?

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  • racewalker
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    Daniel Bautista in the walks, esp. the 1976 Oly 20k.

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  • Per Andersen
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    > For revolutionary changes to their respective events.
    George Horine. Without him no Western Roll. Without Western Roll no Straddle.

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    don't forget Zatopek, Nurmi, Oerter & JJK

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    . . . and MJ

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    For sheer galactic impact:

    Paddock
    Owens
    Bannister
    Brumel
    Hayes
    Matson
    Ryun
    Lewis
    Bubka
    Radcliffe

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  • swamprunner
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    Zatopek, Ryun, Rono, to name a few. These guys truly took the standards of their day to new levels.

    Rono's performances in 1978 have to stand out as one of the most incredible displays of running prowess ever. Too bad he could never make more of his talent.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    how bout Seb Coe?

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  • 197hjsteve
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    for revolutionary changes to their respectivre events:

    Parry O'Brien
    Dick Fosbury

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    AS unpopular as he is with some people, Carl Lewis was a tremendous force in the professionalization of the sport. His nemesis, Ben Johnson, had more effect on track in the last 15 years than anyone.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Three words:

    Jackie Joyner Kersee

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