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    Quote Originally Posted by Master403 View Post
    Agreed. If you want real versatility, I'll throw Babe Didrikson in the mix.
    Babe might be the women's all-sport GOAT. As a pure T&Fer she lacks the longevity (but still makes JJK's 1988 US rankings look silly).
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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut View Post
    Babe might be the women's all-sport GOAT. As a pure T&Fer she lacks the longevity (but still makes JJK's 1988 US rankings look silly).
    The Babe couldn't hold JJK's purse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noone View Post
    To me, versatility at the highest level is a key factor. Which is why I rank JKK, Szewinska, Ostermeyer and Blankers-Koen ahead of a one-trick pony like Dibaba.
    People have already added Babe to this list. Alexandra Chudina also belongs there.
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    I move we anoint JJK by acclimation and continue debate for runners-up..
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    I agree with Master 403, I was tempted to include the Babe on my list.

    Speaking of versatility, I think it's fair to say that if you're a great 10,000 meter runner, you'll be pretty damn good in the 5K as well. Same argument for sprinters. Actually, if dominance in just one event is a key factor, you might think about Yolanda Balas who was more dominant, and for a longer time, than Isi or Dibaba.
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    I do give Joyner credit for versatility but how many of the folks making this argument also picked one-trick-pony Bolt over Lewis? By the way, has anyone taken the time to tally the annual ranking points?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    I do give Joyner credit for versatility but how many of the folks making this argument also picked one-trick-pony Bolt over Lewis? By the way, has anyone taken the time to tally the annual ranking points?
    Good question, jazz. Since you opened this thread with Dibaba, here are her results (thus far) taken from the T&FN Rankings page,

    5k - 10 rankings (#2 behind Defar), 5 #1's (tied w/ Defar), 90 points (#2)
    10k - 8 rankings, 6 #1's, 77 points (all #1 in the event)
    Marathon - 2 rankings, 11 points

    Total - 19 rankings, 11 #1's (tied #3 all-time), 178 points (#8 all-time)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    I do give Joyner credit for versatility but how many of the folks making this argument also picked one-trick-pony Bolt over Lewis? By the way, has anyone taken the time to tally the annual ranking points?
    you haven't memorized all the T&FN content? This from just last January

    https://trackandfieldnews.com/articl...nking-leaders/
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    Merlene Ottey 287!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    that may be true today, but is largely irrelevant in an all-time sense (which is what we're discussing here). There was no $$ component for Szewinska and certainly very little for JJK. Different era.
    By the 1970s Szewińska was making pretty good money on the circuit, certainly by Polish standards.
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