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Legendary sprinter, coach and administrator Dennis Johnson lifeless at 81

Is Florence Griffith-Joyner, the best feminine sprinter of all time?

It will depend on who you ask.

For a lot of People, the late flamboyant American lady who holds the world document in each 100 and 200m, and in addition received three gold medals on the 1988 Olympic Video games in Seoul, is the one. Exterior the US, the reply just isn’t as clear as many imagine {that a} sure Jamaican, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, is in reality the best.

This week, Olympian turned coach and broadcaster Ato Boldon may need modified one iconic American’s thoughts about who is actually the best feminine sprinter of all time.

Throughout his Athletics Stay interview on Instagram with Flo-Jo’s finest buddy and two-time Olympic 100m champion Gail Devers on Wednesday, Boldon requested Devers, who she thought was the best feminine sprinter. It was a query posed by a viewer.

‘I’ve acquired to go together with the world-record holder,” mentioned Devers matter-of-factly, after a short pause. 

Boldon, a giant fan of Griffith-Joyner, replied: “I get into hassle with that as a result of I’ve to broadcast with my head and never my coronary heart. I can’t have any allegiance and I have a look at what Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has accomplished. Two gold medals and a bronze in back-to-back-to-back; the 4 world titles, greater than anyone else, male or feminine. I do know she doesn’t have the world document, clearly, however in case you go ‘Tom Brady is the best or (basketball legend) Invoice Russell or whoever is the best; it’s based mostly on the championships,” Boldon opined whereas Devers nodded in settlement.

Boldon, who like Griffith-Joyner attended UCLA and admitted that he worshipped the bottom she walked on, additionally reasoned that Flo-Jo solely had one nice season when she set world data in each the 100m and 200m after which went to the Olympics and received the dash double and the 4x100m relay and picked up a silver behind Russia within the 4x400m.

“Sure, it was the best yr ever, nevertheless it was the one yr,” he mentioned.

Devers then responded saying “I get what you’re saying” however Boldon continued to strengthen his level stating that if anybody requested Mike Powell, who has held the lengthy bounce world document for 30 years now, who’s the best lengthy jumper, he would say Carl Lewis “with out even enthusiastic about it.”

Lewis received lengthy bounce gold in 4 consecutive Olympic Video games – 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996.

However the Trinidadian was not accomplished. He added that most individuals would by no means contemplate Wayde van Niekerk, the 400m world document holder, the best 400m runner of all time over Michael Johnson.

“It’s a must to apply the foundations the identical means,” Boldon mentioned. “Most world document holders aren’t essentially the best.”

Confronted by the veracity of the factors Boldon made, Devers relented.

“You’re proper, you’re proper,” she agreed. “It’s as you mentioned, it’s the consistency, it’s what number of titles, can they arrive back-to-back. I’ve to provide some second thought to that. You’re proper.”

 

 

 

 

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