Sports Illustrated put together a list sure to spark debate, ranking the 50 most fit male and female athletes in the world.
Among those who made the cut include a few distance runners. American distance star Galen Rupp makes the men’s list at No. 40, while Ethiopian track star Genzebe Dibaba ranks 47th on the women’s list. Obstacle-course racer Amelia Boone ranks 21st. Sprinter Usain Bolt and decathlete Ashton Eaton also make the men’s list.
Of Rupp, Sports Illustrated said “Not just another skinny distance runner, the 2012 Olympic 10,000-meter silver medalist is a gym rat whose multi-hour workouts include weights, plyometrics and even soccer and boxing drills. Under coach Alberto Salazar, the 30-year-old Rupp also been known to follow up a record setting race on the track with an immediate treadmill tempo run.”
Sports Illustrated said the athletes were selected on a variety of criteria, including strength, speed, endurance and agility.