IAAF Hall of Fame Greatest Athletes List

We want to know who is the greatest athlete ever. Most likely the greatest athletes from the sport of track and field will be included in the IAAF Hall of Fame, initially released in 2012. This list was released during the centenary year of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The criteria for induction included winning at least two Olympic or world championship gold medals and setting at least one world record. Athletes must also be retired for 10 years before becoming eligible for the Hall of Fame. There will be more names released soon, with total of 24 athletes named, representing all major event groups.

Inaugural List of 12 Athletes (March 2012)

Others inducted in 2012

Irena Szewińska Poland Sprint
Babe Didrikson Zaharias United States Sprint, javelin, high jump
Michael Johnson United States Sprint
Dan O'Brien United States Multi events
Alberto Juantorena Cuba 400 m, 800 m
Sergey Bubka Ukraine Pole vault
Sebastian Coe United Kingdom Middle distance running
Kip Keino Kenya Long distance running
Peter Snell New Zealand Middle distance running
Volodymyr Holubnychy Soviet Union Race walk
Iolanda Balaș Romania High jump
Stefka Kostadinova Bulgaria High jump

Inducted 2013

Harrison Dillard United States 100 m, 110 m hurdles
Marjorie Jackson Australia Sprint
Hannes Kolehmainen Finland Long distance running
Natalya Lisovskaya Soviet Union Shot put
Svetlana Masterkova Russia Middle distance running
Noureddine Morceli Algeria Middle distance running
Parry O'Brien United States Shot put
Marie-José Pérec France Sprint
Viktor Saneyev Soviet Union Triple jump
Yuriy Sedykh Soviet Union Hammer throw
Daley Thompson United Kingdom D‚cathlon
Grete Waitz Norway Marathon

Inducted 2014

Valeriy Brumel Soviet Union High jump
Glenn Davis United States Sprint, 400m Hurdles
Heike Drechsler German Democratic Republic/Germany Long jump, Sprint
Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco Middle distance running
Marita Koch German Democratic Republic Sprint
Robert Korzeniowski Poland Race walk
Jānis Lūsis Latvia Javelin
Bob Mathias United States Decathlon
Wilma Rudolph United States Sprint
Shirley Strickland de la Hunty Australia Sprint, 80m hurdles
Lasse Virén Finland Middle and Long distance running
Cornelius Warmerdam United States Pole vault

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