Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Athletes, including Ross Rebagliati, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius, Debi Thomas and Jesse Owens.
Milkha SinghMilkha Singh
20 November 1929, Indian
Indian track and field athlete
Usain BoltUsain Bolt
21 August 1986, Jamaican
Olympic athlete

Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius
22 November 1986, South African
Runner

Allyson FelixAllyson Felix
18 November 1985, American
Track and field athlete

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American
 

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
12 November 1961, Romanian
Olympic Champion Gymnast
Frederik, Crown Prince of DenmarkFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
26 May 1968, Danish
Eldest Son of Queen of Denmark Margrethe II

Jim ThorpeJim Thorpe
28 May 1888, American
Athlete

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

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 
Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin
10 February 1982, American
Sprinter

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

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete

Jay SilverheelsJay Silverheels
26 May 1912, Canadian
Actor

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967, American
American olympic athlete
Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 

Dot JonesDot Jones
04 January 1964, American
Actress

Sebastian CoeSebastian Coe
29 September 1956, British
Middle Distance Runner, Politician

Jim KellyJim Kelly
05 May 1946, American
Athlete
Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
30 December 1961, Canadian
Sprinter

Eric LiddellEric Liddell
16 January 1902, Scottish
 
Cathy FreemanCathy Freeman
16 February 1973, Australian
Sprinter

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First

Magnús SchevingMagnús Scheving
10 November 1964, Icelander
Writer
Hicham El GuerroujHicham El Guerrouj
14 September 1974, Moroccan
Athlete

Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread
03 March 1961, British
Javelin Thrower
Ashton EatonAshton Eaton
21 January 1988, American
Decathlete

Breaux GreerBreaux Greer
19 October 1976, American
Olympic Athlete

Gail DeversGail Devers
19 November 1966, American
Athlete
Linford Cicero Christie Linford Christie
02 April 1960, British
Retired Sprinter

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Donovan BaileyDonovan Bailey
16 December 1967, Canadian
Former Sprinter
Emil ZatopekEmil Zatopek
19 September 1922, Czech
Long Distance Runner

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984, New Zealander
Shot Putter

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
07 August 1932, Ethiopian
Olympic marathon champion

Sergey BubkaSergey Bubka
04 December 1963, Ukrainian
Pole Vaulter
Daley ThompsonDaley Thompson
30 July 1958, British
Decathlete
Allan WellsAllan Wells
03 May 1952, British
Sprinter

Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
25 March 1965, Bulgarian
Olympic athlete

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963, Finnish
Olympic athlete

Steve CramSteve Cram
14 October 1960, British
Athlete
Maurice GreeneMaurice Greene
23 July 1974, American
Track & Field Sprinter

Liz McColganLiz McColgan
24 May 1964, British, Scottish
Athlete

Betty CuthbertBetty Cuthbert
20 April 1938, Australian
Athlete

Keshorn WalcottKeshorn Walcott
02 April 1993, Trinidadian
Olympic athlete

Irving Saladino Irving Saladino
23 January 1983, Panamanian
Long Jumper
Anna ChicherovaAnna Chicherova
22 July 1982, Armenian
Olympic athlete

Satcha PrettoSatcha Pretto
05 April 1980, Honduran
Journalist
Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976, Iranian
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959, American
Sprinter

Antonio RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger
03 March 1993, German
Footballer
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
15 July 1985, Turkish
Football

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
22 March 1989, American
Athlete
Mike TindallMike Tindall
18 October 1978, British
Rugby union player

Alex ScottAlex Scott
14 October 1984, British
Footballer

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
16 December 1972, American
Chief strategy officer

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
07 January 1991, South African
Olympic Athlete

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
21 August 1981, American
Entrepreneur, Rower
Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
26 April 1994, Russian
Racecar driver

Eddie HallEddie Hall
15 January 1988, British
Athlete

Wim HofWim Hof
20 April 1959, Dutch
Athlete

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
21 February 1987, British
Boxer
Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
02 May 1962, British
Snooker player, Pool player, Screenwriter

Alun Wyn JonesAlun Wyn Jones
19 September 1985, British
Rugby union player
Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975, Belizean, American
Athlete

Nicolas HamiltonNicolas Hamilton
28 March 1992, British
Racecar driver

Lolo JonesLolo Jones
05 August 1982, American
Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor
Big E LangstonBig E Langston
01 March 1986, American
 

Louis SmithLouis Smith
22 April 1989, British
artistic gymnast
Eliud KipchogeEliud Kipchoge
17 November 1984, Kenyan
Long-distance runner

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
05 March 1986, British
Show jumper

Max PaciorettyMax Pacioretty
20 November 1988, American
Ice hockey player
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960, American
Diver

Dave SchultzDave Schultz
06 June 1959, American
 
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
26 August 1954, Filipino
Pool player

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

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
27 June 1964, Indian
Athletics competitor

Chavo Guerrero, Jr.Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
20 October 1970, American
Wrestler
Kerri Walsh JenningsKerri Walsh Jennings
15 August 1978, American
Beach Volleyball player
Aimee MullinsAimee Mullins
20 July 1976, American
Athlete

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

Abdulmanap NurmagomedovAbdulmanap Nurmagomedov
10 December 1962, Russian
Coach, Athletic

Baichung BhutiaBaichung Bhutia
15 December 1976, Indian
Footballer
Dave MirraDave Mirra
04 April 1974, American
Extreme sports athlete

Phil DavisPhil Davis
25 September 1984, American
 

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

Callum RobinsonCallum Robinson
02 February 1995, British
Association football player

Woody StrodeWoody Strode
25 July 1914, American
Athlete
Rulon GardnerRulon Gardner
16 August 1971, American
Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
11 January 1942, American
Musicians
Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
30 September 1981, American
Artistic gymnast

Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
20 November 1976, American
Artistic gymnast
Simona de SilvestroSimona de Silvestro
01 September 1988, Swiss
Racecar driver
Wayde van NiekerkWayde van Niekerk
15 July 1992, South African
Athlete