According to readers of Athletics Weekly. The results of the poll were published on Thursday (3 Dec) in the magazine’s December edition. Bolt got 55.3 percent of votes to finish ahead of Haile Gebrselassie (17.1) and Emil Zatopek (14.5).

Bolt is the world record holder in the 100m, 200m, and 4×100m relay. His world records are 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19) and 4x100m (36.84).

He is an eight-time Olympic gold medallist. He is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).
Also, he won two 4×100 relay gold medals.

Bolt also won 13 World Championships medals, among them 11 gold.

Bolt’s awards include the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (three times) and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (four times).

Bolt retired after the 2017 World Championships.