T&FN Favourite Athletes THE RESULTS No1 Haile Gebrselassie


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T&FN Favourite Athletes THE RESULTS No1 Haile Gebrselassie

Postby mump boy » Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:26 pm

So it's the time of year where there's nothing to talk about so i'm going to propose something we can all get involved in Track and Field News Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Here's the rules

I want a list of everyone's top 20 greatest athletes. i will then convert everyone's favourites into points (20 for No1 to 1 for No20) and compile a difinitive list but here's the catch.

It is more important to be widely popular then 1 persons favourite so this is how the scoring will work. Athletes will be ranked by number of votes as well as number of points so someone who gets 2 votes at number 20 may only score 2 points but will be ahead of someone who is only 1 persons No1. So we''ll count down all those with 1 vote, then 2 etc etc etc.

to be honest you don't have to worry about the scoring i'll sort it out and make sure you all understand it

After some early drop outs and some late entries we have 420 athletes in the race

So can you all PM me with your top 20 FAVOURITE athletes of all time, we're looking for Favourites not best

I know this should probably be in the Historical Board but can we please leave it here for a while untill we have enough people entered

Please enter it will give me a reason to visit everyday :D


418th (1 Vote 1 Point eg 20th favourite of 1 person each)

Asha Hanson
Anthony Famiglianni
Charles Kilpatrick
Craig Mottram
Dick Fosbury
Dallas Long
Fermin Cacho
George Woods
Ingrid Kristiansen
Adhemar Ferreira da Silva
Joe Green
John Pennel
Kemal Thompson
Luis Delis
Larry Myricks
Lj Van Zyl
Meserat Defar
Monica Cabbler
Norwood Ewell
Reiko Tosa
Ricky Branch
Ray Ewery
Sammy Wanjiru
Steve Barnes
Shingeru So
Trine Hattestad

393th (1 vote, 2 points)

Bob Deines
Brittany Reece
Chi Cheng
Dennis Carr
Jessica Augusto
Javier Sotomayer
Kayoko Fukushi
Mark Richardson
Marion Kolosa
Paul Wilson
Tatyana Kotova
Thomas Wessinghage
Tom Pukstys
Barbel Wochel

380st (1 Vote, 3 points)

Armin Harry
Christian Taylor
Francis Obikwelu
Lopez Lomong
Leamon King
Mike Carter
Marcuss O'Sullivan
Mark Plaatjes
Sergie Litvinov
Skip Sheaffer
Perdita Felicien
Quincy Watts
Walter Dix
Ted Corbey

366th (1 Vote, 4 Points)

Agnes Samaria
Anke Behmer
Alberto Salazar
Al Cantello
Browning Ross
Bridget Foster
Chris Solinsky
Dionne Hemmings
Emma George
Murry Halberg
Kim Batten
Lauren Williams
Natalya Antyuk
Paul Ereng
Rob Milburn
Sally Gunnell
Sydney Maree
Tom Courtney

348th (1 Vote, 5 Points)



Bob Kennedy
Jutt Heine
Jiri Shobla
Jerome Drayton
Kip Javonin
Lorraine Fenton
Milt Cambell
Mike Boit
Mondo Duplanis !!
Phil Brown
Peter Blank
Rutger Smith
Sung Kee Chong
Yerelis Barrios
Willie Davenport

333rd (1 Vote, 6 Points)

Andrey Perlov
Anisora Stanciu
Arthur Wint
Eddie Southern
Hayden Jones
Jordan Hassay
John Landy
John Carlos
Jan Johnson
Lynn Davies
Nikki Xanthou
Rosie Ackerman
Ruis Silver
Llewlyn Herbert
Lazaro Borgia
Phillips Idowu
Sean Crawford
Sunder Nix
Vladislav Kozakiewicz
Yuriy Sedyk

313th (1 Vote, 7 Points)


Alain Mimoun
Carlo Thranhart
Dwight Phillips
Donovan Bailey
Heidi Rosenthal
Herb McKinley
Illona Slupienek
Jessie Stewart
John Smith
Kevin Little
Olga Kaniskina
Percy Williams
Renauld Levellanie
Robert Harting
Justin Gatlin
Lydia Simon
Werner Gunthur

296th (1 Vote 8 Points)

Anne Packer
Adulf Plummer
Betty Cuthbert
Bob Beamon
Bob Schull
Chante Howard
Dave Wottle
Eva Glescova
George Rhoden
Iva Prandzeva
Inga Babakova
Jen Barringer
Jeurgen Shult
Jenn Suhr
Kris Akabusi
Lawrence Myers
Natasha Kaiser Brown
Quentin Cassidy
Rick Wolhouter
Tony Jarret
Ionel Tirlea
Asafa Powell Fortius is the only person to vote for Asafa :shock:
Dwain Chambers


273rd (1 Vote 9 Points)

Alan Pascoe
Astrid Kumbernuss
Andrew Wheating
Harold Connelly
Inger Miller
Irving Saladino
Jen Rhimes
Kylie Hutson
Katrin Krabbe
Mike Connelly
Paul Drayton
Patrick Sjoberg
Robert Korzeniowski

260th (1 Vote 10 points)

Carrie Tollefson
Don Bragg
Johnny Kuch
Jo Dial
Miruts Yifter
Mike Marsh
Olga Fitova Connoly (she beat her husband)
Romain Barras
Steve Cram

251st (1 Vote 11 points)

Alvin Kraenzlein
Chris Brasher
Daniel Komen (sorry i added him up wrong earlier)
Dayron Robles
Doug Olmstead
Ellen Van Langen
Gordon Pirie
Hasna Benhassi
Jeurgen Hingsen
Janis Lusis
Kate Schmidt
Randy Matson
Shiela Hudson
Steve Hooker
Yargelis Savigne

236th (1 vote 12 points)


Butch Reynolds
Chandra Stirrup
Dylan Armstrong
Drew Fucci
Fernando Ribiero
Francoise Mbango
Fabianna Murer
Henry Carr
Joe Faust
Lolo Jones
Otis Davis
Suzie Favour Hamilton
Walter George

223rd (1 vote 13 points)

Harry Jerome
Jim Brewer
Russel Adams
Saif Saaed Shaheen
Tina Lilaak

218th - (1 vote 14 points)

Briana Glen
Dawn Harper
Ernie Shelton
Gerry Moro
Helena Fibingerova
Joseph Plachy
Jeff Williams
Lee Evans
Maxim Dyaldin

209th (1 vote 15 points)

Auden Boysen
Bruce Jenner
Eliud Kipchoge
Fumni Jimoh
Jonni Myrra
Vladamir Kuts
Wim Slijkhuis

202nd (1 vote 16 points)

Dana Zatopekova
Falilat Ogunkoya
Mehdi Baala
Moses Kiptanui
Nick Rose
Ollie Matson
Sanya Richards (where's Track Daddy when you need him ?)
Thierrry Vigneron
Vladimir Yashchenko
Wang Junxia
Wolfgand Schmidt

291nd (1 Vote 17 points)

Kelly Sotherton
Leatitia Vriesde
Larry James
Pat Matzdorf
Richard Attlesey
Roger Kingdom

185th (1 vote 18 points)

Alexandra Chudina
Igor Potapovich
John Godina
Kim Smith
Lillian Board
Olga Kotylarova
Pekka Paivarinta
Steve Williams
Tina Paulino

175th (1 vote 19 points)

Christina Obergföll
Carla Sacramento
Dieter Baumann
Grit Breur
Mal Whitfield
Radion Gataullin
Anatoly Bonderchuk

168st (1vote 20 points)

5 athletes had a singular first place votes, i'd love to hear your memories of your faves

Brian Diemer
Gabo Szabo
Jim Beatty
Jim Bolding
Yordanka Donkova
Shirley Strickland


Track and Field News' 162nd favourite athlete is with (2 votes 4 points)


Livio Berruti

161st (2 votes 6 points)

Sonia O'Sulivan

160th (2 votes 8 points)


Heike Henkel (have i already posted her with 1 vote ??)

159th (2 votes 9 points)


Linford Christie
Sandra Farmer Patrick
Tatyana Samelenko

156th (2 votes 10 points)


Ulis Williams

155th ( 2 votes 11 points)

Connie Price Smith
Christophe Lamaitre
Shelly Anne Fraser Price

152nd (2 votes 12 points)

Jearl Miles

151st (2 votes 13 points)

Dwight Stone
Kim Collins

149th (2 votes 14 points)


Bob Mathias
Babe Didrikson
Colin Jackson
Bob Richards


146th (2 votes 16 points)


Caster Semenya
Uwe Holm

144th (2 votes 17 points)

Deratu Tulu
Christine Arron

142nd (2 votes 18 points)

Jean Galfione

141st (2 votes 19 points)

Al Feuerbach
Billy Mills
Erki Nool
Eamon Coghlan
Felix Sanchez
Kenenisa Bekele
Steve Cram

134th (2 votes 20 points)


Ashton Eaton
Ato Boldon
Marty Liquori

131st (2 votes 21 points)


Harrison Dillard
Jarmilla Kratochvilova
Lance Deal
Lee Calhoun
Larry James

126th (2 votes 22 points)


Stephan Diagana

125th (2 Votes 23 points)


Charlie Green
Joaquim Cruz
John Walker

122nd (2 votes 24 points)


Mary Rand
Staņislavs Olijars

120th (2 votes 25 points)

Adam Nelson
Brian Clay

118th (2 Votes 27 points)

Bert Cameron
PT Usha
Viktor Saneyev

115th (2 votes 28 points)

Jim Beatty
Seppo Ratty
Veronica Campbell Brown

112th (2 votes 29 points)

Steve Scott

111th (2 votes 30 points)

Svetlana Masterkova

110th (2 votes 31 points)

Dave Sime


(2 votes 32 points)
Igor Ter Ovanesyn move rest accordingly i will correct at the end of the countdown

109th (2 votes 40 points)


Sonia Lannerman

106th (3 votes 5 points)

Sally Pearson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPn3qY2vJFU

105th (3 votes 10 points)

Linford Christie (i know he's further down the list but there was an extra late vote)

104th (3 votes 12 points)

Koji Murofushi

103rd (3 votes 14 points)

Jacko Gill


102nd (3 votes 16 points)

Bob Mathias

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Mathias


101 (3 votes 18 points)

Willie Banks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Banks

100 (3 votes 21 points)

Yelena Isinbyeva

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelena_Isinbayeva

98 - (3 votes 25 points)

Calvin Smith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Smith

Susannah Kallur

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanna_Kallur

96th (3 votes 26 points)

Bob Seagran

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Seagren

Hicham El Guerrouj

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hicham_El_Guerrouj

94th (3 votes 28 points)

Gerry Lindgren

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Lindgren

Mac Wikinson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_Wilkins

93rd (3 votes 29 points)

Romain Mesnil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYpjTh7GRz0

91st (3 votes 30 points)

Ivan Pedroso

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iv%C3%A1n_Pedroso

Tyson Gay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyson_Gay

90th (3 votes 31 points)

Doina Melinte

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doina_Melinte

87th (3 votes 33 points)

Blanka Vlasic (sorry can't count !!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanka_Vla%C5%A1i%C4%87

Tessa Sanderson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessa_Sanderson

Mike Powell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Powell_%28athlete%29

86th (3 votes 35 points)

Jeremy Wariner 35

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Wariner

84th (3 votes 36 points)

Paul Tergat 36

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... W8Q#t=101s

Stefan Holm 36

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Holm

82nd (3 points 37 points)

Fiona May 37

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_May

Tatyana Lebedeva 37

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatyana_Lebedeva


81st (3 votes 38 points)


Denise Lewis 38

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denise_Lewis

80th (3 votes 40 points)

Kathy Cook

79th (3 votes 42 points)

Parry O'Brien

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parry_O%27Brien

77th (3 votes 44 points)


Andreas Thorkildsen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Thorkildsen

Gwen Torrence

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwen_Torrence

76th (3 votes 47 points)

Frankie Fredericks 47

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Fredericks

75th (3 votes 48 points)

Derartu Tulu

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derartu_Tulu

74th ( 3 votes 55 points)


Glenn Davis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Davis_%28athlete%29

71st (4 votes 16 points)

Wilma Rudolph

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilma_Rudolph

70 (4 votes 33 points)

Jan Zelezney

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_%C5%BDelezn%C3%BD

69 (4 votes 38 points)

Ralph Boston

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Boston

67th (4 votes 39 points)

Marie Jose Perec

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Jos%C3%A9_P%C3%A9rec

Stacy Dragila

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stacy_Dragila

66th ( 4 votes 40 points)

Irina Privalova
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irina_Privalova

65th (4 votes 43 points)


Said Aouita
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%C3%AFd_Aouita


64th ( 4 votes 44 points)


Allyson Felix (it is possible she has 54 points but not sure what i wrote !! she may also have only 3 votes so any feedback would be appreciated)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allyson_Felix

62nd (4 votes 46 points)


Charles Austin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Austin

Dean Macey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Macey

60th (4 votes 47 points)


Jim Thorpe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thorpe

Mary Peters
http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletic ... eroID=9800

59th (4 votes 50 points)

Virgilijus Alekna

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgilijus_Alekna

58th (4 votes 51 points)


Don Quarrie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quarrie

57th (4 votes 54 points)


Joan Benoit (maybe Allyson Felix can those that voted for her please let me know so i can correct)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Benoit

56th (4 votes 56 points)


Fanny Blankers Koen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Blankers-Koen


55th (4 votes 58 points)


Bob Hayes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Hayes


54th (4 votes 60 points)

Marlies Gohr

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlies_G%C3%B6hr


53rd (4 votes 67 points)

Bobby Morrow

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Morrow

52nd (5 votes 32 points)

Greta Waitz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Waitz
http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletic ... roID=10593

51st (5 votes 38 points)


Mo Farah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Farah
http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletic ... roID=10990


50th (5 votes 39 points)

Lasse Viren
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasse_Vir%C3%A9n
http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletic ... roID=10566

49th (5 votes 41 points)


Alberto Juanterena
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Juantorena
http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletic ... eroID=8873

48th ( 5 votes 46 points)


Henry Rono
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Rono
http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletic ... roID=10016

47th (5 votes 47 points)

Lui Xiang

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Xiang

46th (5 votes 58 points)


Brian Olfield

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Oldfield

45th (5 votes 62 poiints)

Ron Clark

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Clarke

44th (5 votes 85 points)


Tommie Smith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommie_Smith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fML9GOfi ... re=related

43rd (5 votes 88 points)


Marita Koch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marita_Koch

42nd (6 votes 45 points)

Mary Slaney

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Slaney
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRSM7ER0q1M


41st (6 votes 54 points)


Allen Johnson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Johnson

40th (6 votes 56 points)

Jonathon Edwards

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_E ... athlete%29
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFt9Yzp4 ... re=related


38 (6 votes 62 points)


Dan O'Brien

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_O%27Brien

Sergie Bubka

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Bubka
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJJIEyGHtBk

37th (6 votes 63 points)

Roman Sebrle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_%C5%A0ebrle

36th (6 votes 70 points)

Carolina Kluft

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Kluft

35th (6 votes 72 points)

Renaldo Nehemiah

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaldo_Nehemiah

34th (6 votes 74 points Kip Keino)

Kip Keino

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kip_Keino

33rd ( 6 votes 87 points)

Abebe Bikila

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abebe_Bikila

32nd (7 votes 66 points)

Wilson Kipketer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Kipketer

31st (7 votes 67 points)

Gail Devers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Devers

30th (7 votes 72 points)


Herb Elliot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Elliot

29th (7 votes 78 points)


Florence Griffiths Joyner
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Griffith-Joyner

28th (7 votes 79 points)


Irena Szewinska
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Szewi%C5%84ska

26th (7 votes 82 points)

Kelly Holmes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Holmes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV6LfdD97fY

Paavo Nurmi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paavo_Nurmi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnbYn6LB ... re=related

25th (7 votes 98 points)

Jesse Owens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Owens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quQopJmQry4


23rd (7 votes 108 points)


Steve Prefontaine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Prefontaine

Frank Shorter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Shorter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THUKgZX9pw8

22nd (7 votes 110 points)

Valeriy Brummel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valeriy_Brumel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r0hdHV95sU
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mojo » Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:37 pm

Fun idea! I'm in! :D
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby lonewolf » Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:13 am

Not sure how to proceed. I assume we are talking T&F athletes.
An athlete can be a favorite because of performance, personality or if personally known.
One's favorites may not be known to anyone else.
Dithering done, here is my list:
(Sent by PM.)

Can we revise our list ?
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:52 am

lonewolf wrote:Not sure how to proceed. I assume we are talking T&F athletes.
An athlete can be a favorite because of performance, personality or if personally known.
One's favorites may not be known to anyone else.
Dithering done, here is my list:
(Sent by PM.)

Can we revise our list ?


You can proceed however you choose, it's your personal favourites for whatever reason and yes i'm talking track and field :lol:

We might do best ever at a later date to get us through those cold winter nights :D

(you can revise your list right up untill i close entries, which will be when i get enough to make it worth while so come on everyone)
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:05 am

I hadn't really thought about personall acquaintance as being a factor in deciding favourite athlete but of course it will come into play.

Everyone should choose exactly how they want to but the whole thing won't work too well if it's just a list of people's friends who aren't that well known to everyone else. So maybe we should concentrate on international athletes who have achievements we can all recognise and admire.

Otherwise we're going to have loads of people with just 1 vote

This is a workk in progress so i'm very open to ideas of how to make it work better
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Pego » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:41 am

What kind of time window are you proposing? This sounds like a lot of fun to do, but it might force me to do some thinking.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:27 am

No proposed time scale at the moment untill i get enough entries so maybe a couple of weeks !!
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby deroki » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:23 am

Nice idea Mump!

Note: In putting this list together I realised that we're all likely to have our country and event biases. It may be an idea to limit number per country or event. Just a suggestion.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby nevetsllim » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:29 am

^You need to send them via PM although you've reminded me of quite a few athletes I missed off my provisional list. :wink:
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby deroki » Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:15 am

Oops. Sorry!
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Flumpy » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:11 pm

Any lists posted on the actual thread should be deleted.

A limit to how many athletes can come from1 country is a good idea. Maybe no more than 5?
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby pakillo » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:22 pm

Interesting but requires some thinking. I personally know zero ex or current T&F athletes and am free of nationality influence :) Gonna try
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:52 pm

Please PM me with lists don't post on here as it influences other votes. Also while i don't want to put any restrictions on people choices of favourites, please don't just select people all from 1 country, or we'll just have a list full of Americans.

We're all fans of and knowledgeable about all aspects of the sport so lets try and be as inclusive as possible in our choices. Think of people who've really provided us with our favourite athletic moments and not just those that we know or have met. There will obviously be an element of that but lets try and keep it to a minimum
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Marlow » Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:53 pm

1. Stacy Dragila
2. thru Image - everyone else :D
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby gh » Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:57 pm

you might have more luck with this thread if you asked for favorites instead of favourites :twisted:
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby br » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:10 pm

deroki wrote:Nice idea Mump! I'll go first.

1. Merlene Ottey
2. Veronica Campbell-Brown
3. Bert Cameron
4. Don Quarrie
5. Edwin Moses
6. Evelyn Ashford
7. Renaldo Nehemiah
8. Denise Lewis
9. Calvin Smith
10. Dayron Robles
11. Carolina Kluft
12. Usain Bolt
13. Maria Mutola
14. Kevin Little
15. Colin Jackson
16. Lorraine Fenton
17. Deon Hemmings
18. Mo Farah
19. Mark Richardson
20. Susanna Kallur

Honourable mention
21. David Grindley
22. Wilson Kipketer
23. Irina Privolova
24. Tirunesh Dibaba
25. David Rudisha
26. Elena Slesarenko
27. Astrid Kumbernuss
28. Tatyana Lebedeva
29. Cathy Freeman

Note: In putting this list together I realised that we're all likely to have our country and event biases. It may be an idea to limit number per country or event. Just a suggestion.



How dare you rank Kevin Little two slots below Usain Bolt.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby JumboElliott » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:15 pm

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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mojo » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:25 pm

Sent my list to you mumpy.

Mine is very international and includes athletes from many eras. Probably more women on it than you guys have on yours. Gotta put my idols growing up on there. 8-)

Only one Canadian on it(although now I think aboot it I may need to do another revision :oops: ) and he is still competing. I think y'all know who that is.

I will say my number one and that is JJK.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:35 am

Marlow wrote:
mump boy wrote:Please PM me with lists don't post on here as it influences other votes.

And that's a bad thing, why? What's the fun in just compiling lists when you can wax eloquently (or not) on why yours are the best. I'll go open:

yeah, mostly male Amis, oh well.


Marlow please delete your list and PM me with it. We have the discussion afterwards. The whole point is that we don't know who's people's choices are, so the results are a suprise.

After the results, i'll break them down by , sex, country, event etc etc etc

then i'll reveal everyone's personal lists and they can give us reasons and we can discuss them

This is supposed to get us through long winter of nothing to discuss :
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:37 am

EVERYONE PLEASE DON'T POST YOUR LIST'S HERE

PM ME

THANKYOU
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby dukehjsteve » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:57 pm

I PM'ed you mine yesterday. They are ridiculously nostalgic, but as a teenager you glom on to favorites ( or favourites) much more so than as an adult !
As an aside, I pointedly included no flopping high jumpers or fiberglassing pole vaulters. Both events were RUINED in my humble opinion by these inventions.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Per Andersen » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:28 pm

Nostalgic? Nothing wrong with that.

They might be running 1.41 now, but I saw Marvelous Mal and he would be close to the top on my list.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby nevetsllim » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:54 am

The first ten of my list are fairly predictable but I'd be quite surprised if anyone else chooses some of my 11-20 picks. :D
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby nevetsllim » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:55 am

mump boy wrote:
lonewolf wrote:Not sure how to proceed. I assume we are talking T&F athletes.
An athlete can be a favorite because of performance, personality or if personally known.
One's favorites may not be known to anyone else.
Dithering done, here is my list:
(Sent by PM.)

Can we revise our list ?


You can proceed however you choose, it's your personal favourites for whatever reason and yes i'm talking track and field :lol:

We might do best ever at a later date to get us through those cold winter nights :D


Or T&FNs least favourite athletes. :twisted:
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:22 am

Thanks for all the entries do far but keep them coming as this doesn't work unless we have high numbers of entries, so please encourage everyone to enter.

There are some very interesting choices so far, too few women, too many drug cheats and quite a few i've never heard of :shock:

This is going to be fun and give us lots to discuss so please PM me more suggestions.

:D
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Pego » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:34 am

I just did mine. Cornucopia of the past 60 years, some names, I am pretty sure, will appear only on my list :D . The top 5-6 were easy, after that, I could easily add 10-20 more in any order.

Hey mump, has the girl the right to change her mind in the next few days?
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby jeremyp » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:08 am

My guess is that the list will show our ages, and our countries!
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby gh » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:36 am

This will be tough for me: hard to distinguish between favorite athletes and favorite "people" (those I've had occasion to befriend, and are hard to judge just on pure fandom terms).
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Pego » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:40 am

gh wrote:This will be tough for me: hard to distinguish between favorite athletes and favorite "people" (those I've had occasion to befriend, and are hard to judge just on pure fandom terms).


I tried to combine those two sentiments. That's why I have there a few Czechs and Slovaks that I met personally and liked.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Daisy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:46 am

I'm in, but need some time to think it over.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:51 am

Daisy wrote:I'm in, but need some time to think it over.


No. I just sent in. Just go for it.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Daisy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:16 am

Conor Dary wrote:
Daisy wrote:I'm in, but need some time to think it over.


No. I just sent in. Just go for it.


OK, done. Right off the top of my head, with no thought what so ever. I bet I missed a ton of big ones in retrospect, but this is probably more in the spirit of the poll.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:47 am

Daisy wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:
Daisy wrote:I'm in, but need some time to think it over.


No. I just sent in. Just go for it.


OK, done. Right off the top of my head, with no thought what so ever. I bet I missed a ton of big ones in retrospect, but this is probably more in the spirit of the poll.


Of course. I had buyer's remorse almost immediately.... But it is done.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:26 pm

[quote="Pego"]I just did mine. Cornucopia of the past 60 years, some names, I am pretty sure, will appear only on my list :D . The top 5-6 were easy, after that, I could easily add 10-20 more in any order.

Hey mump, has the girl the right to change her mind in the next few days?[/quote

You can change your choices right up to when i close the poll. I will give warning before it's closed, it's going to be up for a while yet untill i get enough entries.

I haven't done my list yet but i'm going to try and not just fill it with people i know (although a couple might slip in)
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Fortius19 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:36 pm

That took over an hour to whittle the list down! Just sent PM

And I still had to leave some favs off. :o
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby mump boy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:37 pm

Why do yall hate women ?? :shock:
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Daisy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:48 pm

mump boy wrote:Why do yall hate women ?? :shock:

Hey, I had at least six women :mrgreen:
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Marlow » Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:08 pm

Daisy wrote:
mump boy wrote:Why do yall hate women ?? :shock:

Hey, I had at least six women :mrgreen:

And my one and only is a woman! :D
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:33 pm

mump boy wrote:Why do yall hate women ?? :shock:


You ask people for their opinion and then you act the ass. Sorry I got involved.
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Re: T&FN Forum Official Favourite Athlete of All Time

Postby kuha » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:37 pm

Conor Dary wrote:
mump boy wrote:Why do yall hate women ?? :shock:


You ask people for their opinion and then you act the ass. Sorry I got involved.


I have to say that I share this sentiment. If you only wanted YOUR favorites, you could have spared us the time & trouble.
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