Votes in for ‘who is the greatest?’

We asked and you voted – here are the results of our ‘Britain’s greatest-ever male athlete’ poll with Mo Farah at No.3

Mo Farah Moscow (Mark Shearman)

With Mo Farah having claimed another impressive distance double at the recent World Championships in Moscow, discussion among pundits and fans of the sport inevitably turned to whether he could now claim to be Britain’s greatest-ever athlete.

Seb Coe, himself a contender for the honour, instead put the mantle on the shoulders of the world and Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion. However, another of the all-time greats, Daley Thompson, insisted he would have to break a world record in order to be considered above the likes of himself and Coe.

One way of settling the issue was via a scoring system devised by Mel Watman, the respected statistician and former editor of Athletics Weekly. Using a system to allot points for various achievements, though, Farah comes out only equal sixth behind Coe.

You can find a detailed contender-by-contender scoring system breakdown to see how Watman came to rank Coe top, above the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Thompson and Steve Cram, in the August 29 issue of AW. But what we wanted to know was, regardless of a scoring system, who do Athletics Weekly readers believe to be the greatest?

We asked you to vote via a poll (which is still live here if you would like to have your say) to tell us who you think deserves the honour of greatest-ever British male athlete. Here are the results:

Sebastian Coe 33.33%
Daley Thompson 27.02%
Mo Farah 21.07%
Jonathan Edwards 9.6%
Linford Christie 5.07%
Colin Jackson 1.6%
Steve Cram 1.33%
Steve Backley 0.8%

So there you have it, the AW readers have spoken. Get social and let us know whether you agree or disagree with the vote on Twitter @AthleticsWeekly, on Facebook at or by leaving a comment below.

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