Usain Bolt Ends His Career As Second-Best Championship Athlete Of All-Time

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Two all-time greats hung up their championship track spikes last week at the IAAF World Championships in London. Mo Farah closed out his track career with two more medals finalizing his total at 12 individual medals (10 gold), while Usain Bolt ended his career with a bronze medal, upping his total to 15 individual medals (13 gold).

Below is a chart of the highest scoring athletes at outdoor global championships (World Champs/Olympic Games). The chart scores the athletes based on their career individual event finishes (1st = 10 pts, 2nd = 8 pts, 3rd = 6 pts, 4th = 5 pts, 5th = 4 pts, 6th = 3 pts, 7th = 2 pts, 8th = 1 pt). The reason relays are not included is because field athletes and distance athletes do not have relay opportunities at global championships, thus including relay finishes would inflate sprinter's careers over non-sprinters.

RNK ATHLETE PTS G S B 4 5 6 7 8
01 Carl Lewis (USA) 147 12 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
02 Usain Bolt (JAM) 145 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
03 Merlene Ottey (JAM) 136 2 5 10 2 1 0 1 0
04 Mohamed Farah (GBR) 121 10 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
05 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 110 4 4 3 4 0 0 0 0
06 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 106 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
07 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 101 7 1 2 0 2 1 0 0
08 Ray Ewry (USA) 100 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
09 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 99 8 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
10 Allyson Felix (USA) 98 5 4 2 0 1 0 0 0
11 Gail Devers (USA) 92 6 2 0 1 2 1 0 0
12 Michael Johnson (USA) 90 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Martin Sheridan (USA) 90 5 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
14 Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 90 1 7 0 3 1 1 1 0
15 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 89 6 2 1 0 1 1 0 0
16 Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 89 4 2 1 4 1 1 0 0
17 Heike Drechsler (GER) 87 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0
18 Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 86 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 Jan Železný (CZE) 85 6 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
20 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 85 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
21 Justin Gatlin (USA) 84 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
22 Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 84 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 84 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Eric Lemming (SWE) 84 4 0 2 6 0 0 0 2
25 Maria Mutola (MOZ) 83 4 1 2 3 2 0 0 0
26 Valerie Adams (NZL) 82 6 2 0 0 1 0 1 0
27 Lars Riedel (GER) 81 6 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
28 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 79 6 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
29 Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 78 4 3 1 1 0 1 0 0
30 Robert Korzeniowski (POL) 77 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
31 Bernard Lagat (USA) 76 2 4 2 1 1 1 0 0

Salwa Eid Naser Avoids Whereabouts Ban Due To Apartment Snafu

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The whereabouts case brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against 400m world champion Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain has been dropped by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal after a filing failure was backdated and a missed test reversed, allowing the sprinter to avoid three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period.

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Jepchirchir & Kiplimo Take World Half Titles In Fast Races

Jacob Kiplimo

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All Eyes On Cheptegei At Saturday's World Half Marathon Championships

Joshua Cheptegei

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Three Big Questions Ahead Of The OSU Invitational

Ryan Raff

In a year in which the NCAA indoor, outdoor and cross country championships have been canceled due to COVID-19, it’s safe to say that a mid-October invitational cross country meet has never been more anticipated than Saturday’s OSU Invitational in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

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Which Of The 2020 World Records Is Best?

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For a year in which both the world indoor championships and the Olympic Games were postponed, 2020 has seen its fair share of world records. (Of course, one could argue that those events being postponed aided in world record achievement, particularly in the cases of Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey.) A season with so much history has begged a question: which among these world records is the best? 

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Michigan Pro Ekiden And Half Marathon Born Out Of Necessity

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Joshua Cheptegei Topples Bekele Again With 26:11 10,000m WR

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For the second time in less than two months, 24-year-old Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has taken a world record from Kenenisa Bekele. After breaking Bekele’s 5,000m record on August 14 in Monaco in 12:35.37, Cheptegei on Wednesday ran 26:11.00 in Valencia, Spain, to dismantle the 26:17.53 Bekele ran in 2005.

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Letesenbet Gidey Crushes Women's 5,000m WR In 14:06.62

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22-year-old Letesenbet Gidey smashed fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba’s 5,000m world record on Wednesday night in Valencia, Spain, by running 14:06.62. Gidey, running in the NN Valencia World Record Day, took down Dibaba’s 14:11.15 mark which had stood since 2008.

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How to Watch: 2020 NN Valencia World Record Day

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The 2020 NN Valencia World Record Day starts on Oct 7, 2020 LIVE on FloTrack

Kitata Prevails As Kipchoge Falters, Kosgei Dominates In London

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