Elaine Thompson-Herah, Florence Griffith-Joyner, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have done well in their careers, such as having multiple records and medals at the Olympics or World Championships level, which now makes them frontiers on the GOAT list.
These three ladies have done well during their careers, such as having multiple records and medals at the Olympics or World Championships level, and this makes them frontiers on the GOAT list.
While there can't be a specific concept used to determine who the crown fits perfectly, there are some pointers to it in their comparison.
01:24 - 04.11.2023
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But before getting into it, here's a summary of each athlete's career.
Late Florence Griffith-Joyner
The American track queen is the fastest woman in history, having recorded the 100m and 200m World Records of 10.49s and 21.34s.
She's a three-time Olympic gold medallist (100m, 200m, 4x100m) and silver medallist (4x400m) at the Seoul 1988 Games, also winning a 200m silver medal at Los Angeles 1984 Games.
One of the most enduring track athletes in history, 's career spans over a decade and a half, from the late 2000s till date. Her success on the track, including her consistency at major championships, helped usher in the golden age of female Jamaican sprinting.
In the 100m, her signature event, she is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and a five-time world champion. In the 200 m, she has gold and silver at the World Championships, as well as an Olympic silver medal.
Fraser-Pryce has a career accumulation of eight Olympic and sixteen World Championships medals, making her one of the most decorated athletes in history.
The first-ever female sprinter and the second sprinter after Usain Bolt to win the "sprint double" at consecutive Olympics, capturing the 100m and 200m gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and defending both titles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
is a five-time Olympic champion and World Championships medallist. Her 100m Personal Best (PB) of 10.54s makes her the fastest woman alive, while the 200m PB of 21.53s makes her the third-fastest in history.
She is the Olympic Record holder in both events at 10.61s and 21.53s.
22:30 - 05.11.2023
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Comparison based on records and medals (to date)
Records: Griffith-Joyner tops the list as the WR holder in the 100m and 200m.
Medals: Fraser-Pryce has the most medals which makes her the most decorated amongst the trio.
Olympic dominance: Thompson-Herah is the most dominant female sprinter at the Olympics and is the record holder.
14:47 - 31.10.2023
'I don't need luck and favours' - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce reveals what's needed at Paris 2024 Olympics
Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has revealed what she needs to have a memorable outing at Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Comparison based on most sub-11s clocked (to date)
Fraser-Pryce: 82 times
Thompson-Herah: 58 times
Griffith-Joyner: 10 times
Comparison based on average top 10 fastest sub-11s times (to date)
With the above comparisons, it's obvious that pin-pointing the greatest female sprinter of all-time can't be decided by just one variable but of different aspects, of which one or two of them fits in perfectly. In conclusion, this debate will always be opinionated rather than a collective one.