Top 15 Most Dominant Athletes In Their Sport

Sports are supposed to be highly competitive fields where one or a team of athletes compete against one and another for entertainment. Yet there are some athletes who go against the grain, and strip out the 'highly competitive' element. Some sportsmen and women are greater than their peers by such a distance that the element of competition is diminished and they simply dominate their sport for a number of years.

Of course, what they take away in competitiveness, they make up for in the entertainment provided when watching someone who is such a genius in the specific field. For example, the racehorse 'Frankel' which raced from 2010 to 2013 went unbeaten for the entirety of its racing history; but despite everyone knowing what the result would be, demand to see his races was far greater than that of any other horse.

These athletes all had a supremacy over an entire sport for a number of years, some going unbeaten through their entire careers. Even someone of the caliber of Muhammad Ali, despite being the greatest boxer of all-time, was not dominant enough to earn a place on this list, given his defeats to Norton, Frazier and Spinks. Here are the top 15 most dominant athletes in their sports:

16 Michael Schumacher


15 Tiger Woods

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14 Jesse Owens


13 Michael Jordan


12 Usain Bolt

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11 Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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10 Heather McKay


9 Larisa Latynina


8 Jon Jones

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7 Sir Don Bradman


Sir Don Bradman is the greatest cricketer of all time. He had a test batting average of 99.94, which is cited by many as the greatest achievement in sports history. Those of you who know cricket will need no explanation to understand why that is quite so incredible. For those of you who don't understand, it's worth trying to put it in some perspective. The second highest test batting average in history is 60.97. It is far greater dominance than Ty Cobb's batting average of .367 or Michael Jordan's point average of 30.1. In 2001, Bradman was named the greatest living Australian, some indication of the status he holds in the country.


5 Wayne Gretzky


4 Jim Brown


3 Rocky Marciano


2 Michael Phelps

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1 Jahangir Kahn


Jahangir Khan is the most dominant athlete in history. His dominance over the sport of squash throughout the 1980s cannot be matched. From 1981 to 1986 he went unbeaten, which is an incredible achievement given the regularity of squash matches. In that time, he was undefeated in 555 matches, a record which stands in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest winning streak by any athlete in top-level professional sport. Kahn won the World Open six times and the British Open ten times, before fellow Pakistani Jansher Khan began his dominance of the sport. Jahangir Kahn once won the World Championships without dropping a single game, an indication of his sheer dominance.

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