The concluding part to see who are the greatest runners of all time highlights even more men and women who have left their mark on athletics. Their dedication and passion for running has been a beacon of light to many aspiring runners, and they have left a trail of fire behind them.
Michael Johnson is undisputedly one of the greatest runners of all time, and he has won more gold medals than anybody. His medal haul includes four Olympic Golds, and eight World Championships. His name was entered in the United States Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004. His greatest ever performance is widely accepted as his run during the two hundred meter in 1996, and made Johnson a household name in his native America and across the world.
This Chech runner dominated distance running back in the 1950’s and forged a new style that many distance runners have adopted today. His career was littered with medals as he set record after record with his powerful running. But Zatopek was at his absolute best between 1949 to 1951, during this period he was simply unbeatable. And out of the sixty-nine professional races he competed in during this time, he was never once beaten. An amazing record that displays his legendary status.
Paula Radcliffe throughout her career displayed the grit and tenacity needed to be a true champion. Today she still holds the record for a fastest marathon time of two hours, fifteen minutes, and twenty-five seconds. She won the London marathon an amazing three times, and matched that feat in New York, she has also won the Boston marathon to add to her tally. Paula could not quite bring her talent to the Olympic stage and although she competed in four consecutive games she could not bring home gold.
If you mention distance running to any keen sports fan the name Haile Gebrselassie is bound to pop up. This Ethiopian runner was simply in a class of his own regarding long distance running. He won the ten thousand meters in both Olympics in 1996 and 2000, and at the same distance he has won four World Championships. What separates Gebrselassie from other distance runners is personal records. In his career he set twenty-seven world records and sixty-one domestic Ethiopian ones.
No list of famous runners of all time would be complete without the charismatic Usain Bolt, and he is simply the fastest man that ever lived so far. His nickname Lightning Bolt and his trade-mark celebrations made him a favorite with the armchair fans all over the world.
He was also the first runner to hold both the one hundred meter and two hundred meter world records at the same time. During a four year period he won six Olympic Gold Medals. And to celebrate his achievements he was named Athlete of the Year no less than four times by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics). We conclude our prestigious list of names of the greatest runners ever with Usain Bolt, as the fastest man in the world he has earned that accolade.