Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Athletes, including Ross Rebagliati, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius, Debi Thomas and Jesse Owens.
Usain BoltUsain Bolt
21 August 1986, Jamaican
Olympic athlete
Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius
22 November 1986, South African
Runner

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American
 

Milkha SinghMilkha Singh
20 November 1929, Indian
Indian track and field athlete

Jim ThorpeJim Thorpe
28 May 1888, American
Athlete

Mo FarahMo Farah
23 March 1983, British
Athlete
Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924, American
Actor

Steve PrefontaineSteve Prefontaine
25 January 1951, American
Long-distance Runner

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 

Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin
10 February 1982, American
Sprinter
Dot JonesDot Jones
04 January 1964, American
Actress

Cathy FreemanCathy Freeman
16 February 1973, Australian
Sprinter
Breaux GreerBreaux Greer
19 October 1976, American
Olympic Athlete

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 

Allyson FelixAllyson Felix
18 November 1985, American
Track and field athlete
Eric LiddellEric Liddell
16 January 1902, Scottish
 

Sebastian CoeSebastian Coe
29 September 1956, British
Middle Distance Runner, Politician
Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete

Hicham El GuerroujHicham El Guerrouj
14 September 1974, Moroccan
Athlete

Linford Cicero Christie Linford Christie
02 April 1960, British
Retired Sprinter
Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
07 August 1932, Ethiopian
Olympic marathon champion

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First
Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread
03 March 1961, British
Javelin Thrower

Sergey BubkaSergey Bubka
04 December 1963, Ukrainian
Pole Vaulter

Ashton EatonAshton Eaton
21 January 1988, American
Decathlete

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963, Finnish
Olympic athlete
Daley ThompsonDaley Thompson
30 July 1958, British
Decathlete
Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984, New Zealander
Shot Putter

Steve CramSteve Cram
14 October 1960, British
Athlete

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
30 December 1961, Canadian
Sprinter

Gail DeversGail Devers
19 November 1966, American
Athlete
Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
25 March 1965, Bulgarian
Olympic athlete

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Liz McColganLiz McColgan
24 May 1964, British, Scottish
Athlete

Betty CuthbertBetty Cuthbert
20 April 1938, Australian
Athlete

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
12 November 1961, Romanian
Olympic Champion Gymnast

Allan WellsAllan Wells
03 May 1952, British
Sprinter
Keshorn WalcottKeshorn Walcott
02 April 1993, Trinidadian
Olympic athlete

Satcha PrettoSatcha Pretto
05 April 1980, Honduran
Journalist
Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967, American
American olympic athlete

Anna ChicherovaAnna Chicherova
22 July 1982, Armenian
Olympic athlete

Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976, Iranian
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist
Irving Saladino Irving Saladino
23 January 1983, Panamanian
Long Jumper

Maurice GreenMaurice Greene
23 July 1974, American
Track & Field Sprinter
Emil ZatopekEmil Zatopek
19 September 1922, Czech
Long Distance Runner

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
07 January 1991, South African
Middle-distance runner

Earl WoodsEarl Woods
05 March 1932, American
Baseball player, Writer, Military personnel

James CracknellJames Cracknell
05 May 1972, British
Rower, Ocean rower

Christine SinclairChristine Sinclair
12 June 1983, Canadian
Association football player
P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
27 June 1964, Indian
Athletics competitor

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
16 December 1972, American
Chief strategy officer

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959, American
Sprinter

Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
26 April 1994, Russian
Racecar driver
Vladimir TarasenkoVladimir Tarasenko
13 December 1991, Russian
Ice hockey player

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
18 January 1990, Canadian
Ice hockey player
Dave MirraDave Mirra
04 April 1974, American
Extreme sports athlete

Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
29 January 1970, Indian
Politician

Jim KellyJim Kelly
05 May 1946, Australian, American
actor, sportsperson, film actor, television actor,
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
26 August 1954, Filipino
Pool player

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
11 November 1980, American
Softball player
Mike TindallMike Tindall
18 October 1978, British
Rugby union player

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
05 March 1986, British
Show jumper

Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
20 September 1988, Russian
Ice hockey player
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
16 January 1991, Canadian
Ice hockey player

Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975, Belizean, American
Basketball player, Sprinter
Victoria PendletonVictoria Pendleton
24 September 1980, British
Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Autobiographer,

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
21 August 1981, American
Entrepreneur, Rower

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
24 January 1968, American
Artistic gymnast

Lester PiggottLester Piggott
05 November 1935, British
Jockey, Horse trainer
Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
26 October 1982, British
Boxer
Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
11 January 1942, American
Musicians

Lolo JonesLolo Jones
05 August 1982, American
Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
19 July 1995, American
Association football player

Lennart JohanssonLennart Johansson
05 November 1929, Swedish
Association football manager, Association football
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960, American
Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
21 February 1987, British
Boxer

Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
01 April 1987
Snooker player

Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
01 March 1984, Canadian, Swedish
Ice hockey player

Casey StonerCasey Stoner
16 October 1985, Australian
Motorcycle racer, Racing driver
Nicolas HamiltonNicolas Hamilton
28 March 1992, British
Racecar driver

Paul RabilPaul Rabil
14 December 1985, American
Lacrosse player
Stephen MaguireStephen Maguire
13 March 1981, Scottish
Snooker player

Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi
25 September 1991, American
Racecar driver

Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
19 September 1967, Russian
Politician, Amateur wrestler
Kriss AkabusiKriss Akabusi
28 November 1958, British
Athletics competitor

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
24 September 1991, British
Rugby union player
Jahangir KhanJahangir Khan
10 December 1963, Pakistani
Squash player

Rocky FieldingRocky Fielding
05 August 1987, British
Boxer

Kathrine SwitzerKathrine Switzer
05 January 1947, American
Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction

Kerri Walsh JenningsKerri Walsh Jennings
15 August 1978, American
Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player
Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen
25 April 1989
Darts player

Andrea StramaccioniAndrea Stramaccioni
09 January 1976, Italian
Association football player, Association football
Nieky HolzkenNieky Holzken
16 December 1983
Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer

Tyson GayTyson Gay
09 August 1982, American
Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Katarina Johnson-ThompsonKatarina Johnson-Thompson
09 January 1993, British
Athletics competitor

Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
30 September 1981, American
Artistic gymnast
Sadako SasakiSadako Sasaki
07 January 1943, Japanese