The Top 10 Female Sprinters of All-Time…The only list that matters
There has been a lot of debate on what females are the best sprinters to ever lace up spikes. Here at All Pro Track & Field we did a deep dive into history on what qualifies you as great, and what should rank you in the top echelon forever in Athletics. Below is All Pro Track & Field’s Female top 10 Sprinters of All Time.
10. Sonya Richards-Ross- Her time of 48.70 in the Women’s 400 Meter dash still stands as a National Record in the USA. Richards-Ross has 4 Olympic medals; 3 Gold and 1 Bronze also 7 World championship medals ( 5 Gold, 2 Silver).
9. Merlene Ottey- Although she never struck gold at the Olympics, Merelene has an impressive 9 Olympic medals which is tied for the most with Allyson Felix, she has 3 silver Medals and 6 bronze Medals. What’s more impressive is that she has 14 World championship outdoor medals(3 Gold,4 Silver, and 7 Bronze), also 7 World indoor championship medals (3Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze). Merlene Ottey’s longevity is a reason she is an all time great.
8. Carmelita Jeter- The second fastest woman in history in the 100 meter dahs is listed next. Jeter, sped to an tremendous 10.64 September 20th 2009 in Shanghai, China which registers as the second fastest 100 meter dash of all time. She was also apart of the 2012 4×100 relay team that won the gold medal and broke the World Record. Jeter has 3 Olympic medals (1 Gold, 1Silver, 1 Bronze) along with 7 World championship outdoor medals ( 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze).
7. Wyomia Tyus- As a teenager Tyus won the gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, she would also team up to get a silver medal in the 4×100 relay. She would defend her Olympic title in the 100 meter dash at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. She would also help her team win gold in the 4×100 relay in those same Olympic games. Winning back to back titles in the 100 meter dash at the Olympics definitely cemented her legacy.
6. Veronica Campbell-Brown- You can make a legitimate argument that Campbell-Brown is the best 200 meter dash runner of all time, during the mid 2000’s she was dominant over this distance. She took home Olympic gold medals at the 2004 & 2008 Olympics in Athens, Greece & Beijing, China. Campbell-Brown has a total of 8 Olympic medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze), 11 World championship medals (3 Gold, 7 Silver, 1 Bronze), and also 2 gold Indoor World championship medals, both in the 60 meter dash.
5. Florence Griffith-Joyner- “Flo-Jo” transcendent the sport, her 10.49 in the 100 meter dash , and 21.34 in the 200 meter dash are still World Records today in 2017. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Japan she had a performance for the ages winning gold in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and teaming up to win gold in the 4×100 relay, and getting the silver medal being apart of the 4x400m relay. Griffith-Joyner broke the 200 meter dash World Record twice at the Seoul Olympics, once in the semi-final 21.56 again in the final 21.34. Her records in the 100 meter dash & 200 meter dash may be around for another 5 years or so.
4. Wilma Rudolph- Rudolph stole the show at the 1960 Rome Olympics. She completed the historic sprint triple winning gold in the 100 meter dash , 200 meter dash, and being apart of the 4×100 relay team. She was the first American women to win three Olympic gold medals in one single Olympic games.
3. Allyson Felix- Her accomplishments in Athletics have been outstanding. She is tied for the most Olympic medals of all time for a female Track & Field athlete with 9 total medals (6 Gold, 3Silver). Her world championship career has been dominant to say the least Allyson Felix has a record 16 world championship medals with 11 gold medals, 4 silver, and 1 bronze. Felix won back to back to back 200 meter crown’s at the world championships from 2005-2009. Felix displayed her versatility at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, China. Having already stamping her legacy in the 200 meter dash, Felix won the gold medal in the 400 meter dash with a personal best 49.26 Allyson Felix may not be done yet, and could climb to the top of this list.
2. Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce – The Queen of block starts, Fraser-Pryce is a 6-time Olympic medalist(2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze). She captured gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 100 meter dash then defended her title in the 2012 London Olympics. What’s more impressive to us is her dominance at the World championship level. She is a 9-time outdoor World championship medalist, 7 of those medals are gold the other 2 silver. Diving into the numbers, Fraser-Pryce won 3 of those gold medals in the 100 meter dash in 2009, 2013, and 2015 respectively. In 2013 at the Moscow, Russia she completed the trifecta winning gold in the 100m,200m and 4x100m relay. Adding to her span of dominance from 2008-2015 she won the gold medal at the 2014 World indoor championships in Sopot in the 60 meter dash. Fraser-Pryce’s dominance in those eight years is something the sport has never seen in our opinion, and that puts her as one of the best of all time.
- Gail Devers- When you take a look at Gail Devers track & field career, she sets the standard. Devers is an 3-time Olympic medalist, all were gold medals. She won gold in the 100 meter dash in the Barcelona Olympic games, and defended her title in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games, she went on to help her team win gold in the 4x100m relay. That in itself is impressive, but when you look at her World championship resume’, that’s where she became the Greatest Sprinter of All-Time. Gail Devers is an 8-time outdoor world championship medalist with, five gold medals, and 3 silver. In the 1993 Stuttgart championships not only did she win the 100 meter dash final, she came back to win the 110m hurdles. The year 1993 started her supremacy at the World championships she would win the 100m hurdles crown, at the 1995 World Championships in Gotherburg, and then again at the 1999 championships in Seville. Devers is an 5-time indoor World Championship medalist, 4 gold medals with 1 silver. She would win the 60 meter dash gold medals three times at the 1993 Toronto world championships, 1997 Paris world championships, and 2004 world championships in Budapest, and she would also win the gold medal in the 60m hurdles at the 2003 world championships in Birmingham, England . Gail Devers resume’ has all the Greatest of All Time criteria boxes checked….Longevity (check) Sustainability(check) Dominance (check) Box Office (check) GOLD MEDALS (check). She will be hard to dethrone.