Usain Bolt Ranked 16th Greatest Athlete Over the Last 20 Years

The world’s fastest man – Usain Bolt has been ranked as the 16th greatest athlete over the last two decades.

The rankings  by ESPN.com, was part of the website celebrating its 20th anniversary by highlighting some of the top teams, athletes and moments that characterized greatness in sports from 1995 to 2015.

Bolt holds the world records over 100 and 200 meters. It took the Jamaican sprinter an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds in August 2012 to take home the gold in the Summer Games’ marquee track event, the 100 meters. He also did the unprecedented at Beijing in 2008, winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay in a single Games. And in truest Bolt form, he crossed the finish line in London wagging his finger before taking a high-fiving victory lap around the track.

  

He was placed ahead of Sidney Crosby, Barry Bonds, Mia Hamm, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Top spot on the list is held by NBA legend Michael Jordan with another NBA star Lebron James holding the no.2 spot with Tiger Woods, Tom Brady and Roger Federer rounding out the top 5 places.

The rest of the top 10 includes Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Michael Phelps, and former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Also on the list in numerical orders are Shaquille O’Neal, Lionel Messi, Lance Armstrong, Tim Duncan and Brett Farve.

Do you agree with this list? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Lyndon Allen
5 years ago

Lance Armstrong ??? making the list.

Munair Zacca
5 years ago

Kmdt

Michael Carter
5 years ago

Omg the person or persons who put this list togather most be sick in the head, how many record dose the people ahead of Usain Bolt have?

Dean Tomlinson
5 years ago

U guy or dum U only c one side of sport look a gen he is in top 2 the hold world now him 1/2 who u have nobody never her of them

Cindy Chin
5 years ago

Bolt should be in the top 10

Nancy George
5 years ago

The list has been put together by a US-oriented writer… and why on earth would Lance Armstrong be on the list at all??

Christopher Mais
5 years ago

Totally ludicrous list. A list of American athletes with a couple foreigners thrown in as spice. Bolt, Federer and Messi. USA,USA,USA….can you hear the chant. Stupid.

June Harris
5 years ago

This list is totally one sided! Who is the genius that put it together? Go back to the drawing board and start over!

Jean Williams
5 years ago

I can understand Michael Jordan, Tiger woods,and Roger Federer , which means USAIN BOLT should be in fourth place. Too many basket ballers are on this list. Basket ball is a team sport therefore only Jordan needs to be there. Big disrespect to the “Worlds” fastest man.

Lowell Spence
5 years ago

no nfl and nba player should rank above phelps and bolt bcz they are world beaters.

Cecil Austini
5 years ago

usain without a doubt is #1(one)

Clifton Quarrie
5 years ago

There should be two categories…Best Athlete In TEAM Sports and Best Athlete in INDIVIDUAL Sports. Except for the relays, Bolt’s Accomplishments were ALL on his OWN!

Albert A Grant
5 years ago

Idiot list.

Edmund Jones
5 years ago

Since he doesn’t play sports that only Americans play (NBA,NFL) he can’t be in the top half. Since he is not caught taking drugs or paying women for sex he cannot be in the top half. Since he doesn’t perform by extorting mega bucks from the public via professional clubs he cannot be in the top half. Since he is not on social media ranting at some one or the other he can’t be in the top half. He isn’t dating a porn star or acting in a reality show so he cannot be in the top half. The more… Read more »

Courtney Williams
5 years ago

This is an American poll what did you expect

Richard Crawford
5 years ago

4 in the top five . Who is Tom Brady? Serena, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Roger Federer and Tiger Woods although Tiger is questionable as he has faded too fast from the top as a young athlete and his wife problems should have been overcome long ago. Look at Kobe Bryant. That’s the eight plus Lionel Messi, Christian Ronaldo and Lewis Hamilton. Usain, Michael Jordan and Serena are the top three. How could you even think of Lance Armstrong you screwed it up.

Leighton McFarlane
5 years ago

Bolt Ranked 16th? seriously? kmt, smh

Patricia Richards-Wallace

Lance Armstrong????? Nay

Kanoniere Rock
5 years ago

prejedice american writers..bolt is way above that

Kanoniere Rock
5 years ago

prejedice american writers..bolt is way above that

Czedale Smallwood
5 years ago

ok

Gerald Stephenson
5 years ago

Jordan couldn’t do it without pippen, James couldn’t do it at Cavaliers had to go to Miami to win a ring, Armstrong is a drug head. Team sport athlete can’t do it by themselves they need help to win so they shouldn’t count.

Andrew Schloss
5 years ago

Com on man bolt should be #1 he did something no one ever did before.

Andrew Smith
5 years ago

This survey must be wrong

Colin Anthoni
5 years ago

Kmt

Leon Shabaka Atkinson
5 years ago

This is a view from USA.. if it was a world view sachin tendulkar, Messi, CR7 and Bolt would be in the top 10. Remember people the US is not the world.

Cuthbert Sebastian
5 years ago

I agree with the list …all of those names have been the best in their respective sports over the last 20 years and I follow all of them …there is no way to please everyone but most of those players have more records than bolt and more awards …

Paul Hanson
5 years ago

Might as well put L.A. Lewis in the top 10

Germaine Welsh
5 years ago

Be reminded that tracks is not one of America favourite sports hence that placing of the sprint superstar….bullshit!!! Bolt is #1

Kenrick DiTaurus Green

of all the great athletes in the world,why is it that Americans took up majority of the positions?kmft