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
 

Mo FarahMo Farah
23 March 1983, British
Athlete

Jim ThorpeJim Thorpe
28 May 1888, American
Athlete

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

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First
Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin
10 February 1982, American
Sprinter

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

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete
Hicham El GuerroujHicham El Guerrouj
14 September 1974, Moroccan
Athlete

Cathy FreemanCathy Freeman
16 February 1973, Australian
Sprinter
Sebastian CoeSebastian Coe
29 September 1956, British
Middle Distance Runner, Politician

Linford Cicero Christie Linford Christie
02 April 1960, British
Retired Sprinter

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963, Finnish
Olympic athlete
Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
07 August 1932, Ethiopian
Olympic marathon champion

Ashton EatonAshton Eaton
21 January 1988, American
Decathlete
Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984, New Zealander
Shot Putter

Sergey BubkaSergey Bubka
04 December 1963, Ukrainian
Pole Vaulter

Daley ThompsonDaley Thompson
30 July 1958, British
Decathlete

Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread
03 March 1961, British
Javelin Thrower
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

Liz McColganLiz McColgan
24 May 1964, British, Scottish
Athlete

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
12 November 1961, Romanian
Olympic Champion Gymnast
Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
25 March 1965, Bulgarian
Olympic athlete

Allan WellsAllan Wells
03 May 1952, British
Sprinter

Betty CuthbertBetty Cuthbert
20 April 1938, Australian
Athlete

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967, American
American olympic athlete

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Satcha PrettoSatcha Pretto
05 April 1980, Honduran
Journalist
Keshorn WalcottKeshorn Walcott
02 April 1993, Trinidadian
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
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
10 March 1987, Finnish
Ice hockey player

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

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
16 December 1972, American
Chief strategy officer
Vladimir TarasenkoVladimir Tarasenko
13 December 1991, Russian
Ice hockey player

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959, American
Sprinter

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
18 January 1990, Canadian
Ice hockey player

Mark PhillipsMark Phillips
22 September 1948, British
Event rider
Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
29 January 1970, Indian
Politician

Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
27 December 1981, Canadian
Ice hockey player
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
24 January 1968, American
Artistic gymnast

Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi
25 September 1991, American
Racecar driver

Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
02 May 1962, British
Snooker player, Pool player, Screenwriter
Mike TindallMike Tindall
18 October 1978, British
Rugby union player

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
26 August 1954, Filipino
Pool player
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
20 September 1988, Russian
Ice hockey player

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
11 November 1980, American
Softball player

John TavaresJohn Tavares
20 September 1990, Canadian
ice hockey player
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
16 January 1991, Canadian
Ice hockey player

Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
19 September 1967, Russian
Politician, Amateur wrestler
Jim KellyJim Kelly
05 May 1946, Australian, American
actor, sportsperson, film actor, television actor,

Victoria PendletonVictoria Pendleton
24 September 1980, British
Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Autobiographer,

Nieky HolzkenNieky Holzken
16 December 1983
Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer

Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975, Belizean, American
Basketball player, Sprinter
Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
17 December 1973, British
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Lester PiggottLester Piggott
05 November 1935, British
Jockey, Horse trainer

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
21 August 1981, American
Entrepreneur, Rower

Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
26 October 1982, British
Boxer

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
27 June 1964, Indian
Athletics competitor
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960, American
Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
19 July 1995, American
Association football player

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
13 August 1993, American
Ice hockey player

Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
26 April 1994, Russian
Racecar driver

Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
12 May 1983, Uzbekistan, Russian
Politician, Model, Artistic gymnast, Rhythmic
Lennart JohanssonLennart Johansson
05 November 1929, Swedish
Association football manager, Association football

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
05 March 1986, British
Show jumper
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
05 August 1982, American
Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor

Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
31 July 1986, Russian
Ice hockey player

Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
01 April 1987
Snooker player
Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
01 March 1984, Canadian, Swedish
Ice hockey player

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
21 February 1987, British
Boxer
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
07 February 1990, Canadian
Ice hockey player

Nicolas HamiltonNicolas Hamilton
28 March 1992, British
Racecar driver

Paul RabilPaul Rabil
14 December 1985, American
Lacrosse player

Rick NashRick Nash
16 June 1984, Canadian
Ice hockey player
Stephen MaguireStephen Maguire
13 March 1981, Scottish
Snooker player

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
24 September 1991, British
Rugby union player
Jamie BennJamie Benn
18 July 1989, Canadian
Ice hockey player

Kriss AkabusiKriss Akabusi
28 November 1958, British
Athletics competitor

Jahangir KhanJahangir Khan
10 December 1963, Pakistani
Squash player

Haile GebrselassieHaile Gebrselassie
18 April 1973, Ethiopian
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
03 July 1970, Finnish
Ice hockey player