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The Greatest Athletes

Voting breakdown

Babes selected greatest of century Voting breakdown (1900-1950) The Top 100 The panelists

Athletes of the century by sport as selected by separate six-member panels of experts for The Associated Press. First place votes in parenthesis, points based on 10 points for a first place vote through one point for a 10th place vote:

TENNIS:

MEN:

    Pts
1. Rod Laver (3) 47
2. Pete Sampras 39
3. Bill Tilden (1) 38
4. Bjorn Borg 29
5. Don Budge 28
6. Lew Hoad (1) 19
  John McEnroe 19
8. Roy Emerson 18
  Ken Rosewall 18
10. Jack Kramer 16

WOMEN:

 

    Pts
1. Steffi Graf (4) 52
2. Martina Navratilova (1) 51
3. Margaret Smith Court 40
4. Billie Jean King (1) 39
5. Chris Evert 38
6. Suzanne Lenglen 30
7. Helen Wills Moody 29
8. Maureen Connolly 18
9. Monica Seles 7
10. Evonne Goolagong 5
  Martina Hingis 5

SUMMER OLYMPICS:

MEN:

    Pts
1. Carl Lewis (3) 55
2. Paavo Nurmi (3) 53
3. Emil Zatopek 42
4. Jesse Owens 41
5. Mark Spitz 26
6. Al Oerter 21
7. Abebe Bikila 12
8. Jim Thorpe 10
9. Paul Elvstrom 6
10. Paul Elvstrom 5
  Michael Johnson 5

  Naim Suleymanoglu 5
  Greg Louganis 5

WOMEN:

    Pts
1. Jackie Joyner-Kersee (2) 47
2. Fanny Blankers-Koen 45
3. Larysa Latynina (3) 38
4. Nadia Comaneci (1) 32
5. Vera Caslavska 28
6. Irena Szewinska 27
7. Dawn Fraser 25
8. Wilma Rudolph 16
9. Babe Didrikson 12
10. Florence Griffith Joyner 10

 

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