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Who would you place in the top 3 olympic athletes list, any nationality?

3 from the past and 3 from the present-


based on natural talent,achievements,longevity,charisma or evenlooks if you like!
 

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Lasse Viren,
Emile Zatopek and
Jesse Owens

Present?
Still competing ?
 

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I'll stick to middle distance/long distance runners. Top 3 (past and present)

1. Haile Gebrselassie
2: Hicham El Guerrouj
3. Kenenisa Bekele

If I could add a 4th, I'd probably put Seb Coe. I would also give an honourable mention to Daniel Komen for his amazing sub 8 minute 2 miler, which is just outstanding. But since he hasn't won an olympic gold, he can't be a greatest ever.

If we were talking sprinters/hurdlers, I would put:

1. Michael Johnson
2. Carl Lewis
3. Ed Moses
 

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Still competing........mmm

Merlene Ottey...had she qualified this year......just missed out in Slovenia's trials..would have been her 8th olympics I believe had she made it.
 

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Still competing........mmm

Merlene Ottey...had she qualified this year......just missed out in Slovenia's trials..would have been her 8th olympics I believe had she made it.
Yeah, she was amazing, but she never won gold. I don't think she would qualify as a great for that reason.
 

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Yeah, she was amazing, but she never won gold. I don't think she would qualify as a great for that reason.
True but of the still competing who has? Must be someone but can't think who.
 
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