- Who has dominated their sport to the greatest extent?
Cavendish might well end up dominating sprinting, but is that enough to be considered dominant in tour cycling?
There is a common theme though – these sports you are talking about are all minority participation, mostly. The bigger the sport, the more competition, the more players, surely?
Tennis perhaps is the biggest sport mentioned here surely? Maybe cycling or distance running too.Posted 8 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Lester Piggott, won his first race at the age of 12, won the derby at 18, was champion jockey 11 times and hold the all time record for 30 English classic victories a week after coming out of retirement at the age of 56 he won the richest mile race in the world with a ride of sheer genius, no one else in the world would have won on this horse that day. That he was 56 years old makes it all the more amazing.
Its intresting to look at the Us comentry, they hardly mention the great man till he turns up and wins.Posted 8 years ago
I know Nico won the most world champs etc, but surely Mr Steve Peat has dominated (male) DH (British DH in particular) over the last 15-20 years?Posted 8 years ago
When you take in his influence on supporting other riders, local races and being in the top 10 world riders for so long it’s hard to see past him.
To do all that and to be a nice chap without a mad person’s ego is pretty cool too.RorschachMember
Not anymore.Posted 8 years ago
I’d say Robby Naish over Dunkerbeck anyway.aracerMember
So, injury set her back both times
I agree that if she hadn’t got injured she might have dominated her sport, but she did and she didn’t. Though then again, what about all the other global championships she hasn’t won during her period of “domination”? This thread is about people dominating their sport, not just being the best at the particular sport they do.
Or do you think Kelly Holmes dominated middle distance running over many years? I mean her results when not injured suggest she would have beaten everybody if she’d stayed fit.Posted 8 years agoaracerMember
He is dominant now in sprinting, and very successful, but in historical terms? In the sport overall?
Well in historical terms, at the age of 26 after only 5 years of riding the TdF, he’s only 2 behind the most stage wins ever won by a sprinter in the TdF. He’s only 14 behind the most stage wins by anybody. Given his mentor, Erik Zabel, was winning stages up to the age of 32, and his hit rate, you’d expect him to take the sprinters’ record next year and the overall record before he retires. Only Mercx averaged more stage wins per tour then Cav is.
Given the rare chance of a sprinters’ WC he won that too.
I’d suggest that was pretty dominant – I don’t think there is much disputing that he is the best road race sprinter there’s ever been.Posted 8 years agoTheDoctorMember
Ok; name a female marathon runner who has bin as dominant in her sport as comprehensively as Paula has. Y’know, as the TITLE QUESTION ASKED?
You can’t, can you?
Ingrid Kristiansen, you Muppet!
No other runner in history, – male or female has held the World Records on: 5,000m, 10,000m, 15 km, half marathon and marathon concurrently.
Perhaps the greatest female distance runner of all time. IAAF World Champion on all surfaces: On Track, Road and Cross CountryPosted 8 years agobrukSubscriber
Ryoko Tani, -48kg womens Judoka.
Undefeated in major championships from 1996 to 2008 when a dodgy decision in the Beijing Olympics meant she could only win bronze, her fifth Olympic medal.
World Champion from 1993 to 2007, missing only 2005 for the birth of her 1st child.
So fast and dominant for well over a decade. Also had a record 84 fights undefeated.
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I wondered if there was a long running tiddly winks champion and had a look. I dunno if he’s really consistent from looking at the squiggly lines. But I like the fact it’s all there charted and graphed for future generations to look upon this most sporting of talents and weep!Posted 8 years agoB.A.NanaMember
If waterskiing was an Olympic sport (it is supported by the IOC, or was, but not in the games) Andy Mapple OBE would certainly now be a British hero of Redgrave status. For whatever reason, it never got in the games, but was often on the shortlist. I think there were 7 Olympic games within his career as IWSF ranked world No1 and he would certainly have been favourite at them all, subject to injury. Bit unfortunate for him, but the yanks love him nevertheless.Posted 8 years ago
Sugar Ray Robinson, many better known and remembered but none better or more dominant imho.
Good shout. Boxing has been a major sport for over 100 years, was the pre-eminent sport in the US 1900-1950, and the one man who always tops the pound for pound lists is SRR. Given the multitude of great fighters at all the different weights, it’s sort of amazing that there is a consensus view. But there is, and it is that Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest fighter who ever laced them up.
Floyd is a very dominant active fighter. Whatever you think of his pissing around not fighting Pacquiao, it’s fair to say that he has never been taken into deep waters in any fight as a pro. It’s fingers of one hand trying to come up with fights where he has even been under pressure for a round or two (Castillo fight from memory he didn’t dominate). He’ll go down as a true great, but no modern fighter can match the old timers in terms of their records.Posted 8 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Another (really) niche guy not mentioned yet – Marion Tinsley was the greatest checkers players of all time, the game we would call draughts. He was literally playing a different game to everyone else – lost 7 games in 45 years! He got bored playing humans, and battled computers in his latter years – he passed away in the 90s.Posted 8 years agototalshellSubscriber
martin lampkin.multiple world champion? much respect for a silsdan lad but he won once and that when most of the competition was born in yarkshirePosted 8 years ago
doug has 10 world titles and did dominate for a period
Bou though is significantly better than anyone currently riding and will win as many world championships as he wantssurferMember
The greatest female marathon runner in history. Has won a countless number of races. Holds the WR which is almost 3 minutes faster than the next best time. Has won several races in a faster time than any other woman has ever run.
Elfin thedoctor is right. I am a fan of Radcliffes but she has never been dominant even in the marathon. Unlike Kristianson Radcliffe competes at a time when there are significantly more marathon runners around. weitz was also more dominant IMO.Posted 8 years agoir12daveorMember
Another +1 for Bjorn Dunkerbeck in Windsurfing – proper domination of the sport.
He would be the equivalent of genuinely dominating XC and DH for the best part of two decades.
True, but to do a proper comparison with cycling it would also be the equivalent of having picked up a few road and trials championships while truly dominating XC and DH.
Hey was winning: (with a rough (arguable) comparison to cycle sports)
Course racing and long distance (Road)
Speed (Time trial)
Is there anyone out there who can ride a road bike like Contador, XC bike like Absalon, DH like Danny Hart, Trials like Danny Mac, Time Trial like Cancellara and compete on one of these disciplines today and then the other the next.Posted 8 years ago
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