Famous African American Athletes

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A sport is not just another means of recreation anymore. Over the years, it has also emerged as a form of entertainment. A few athletes alone have managed to turn even the most boring matches into nail-biting contest. They have managed to get people glued to their television screens and hundreds of spectators to the nearest stadiums. African American athletes, in particular, are known not just for their stamina and great physique, but their ability to turn the tables in even the toughest of situations. Be it cricket, Basketball, Tennis, wrestling, golf or football, African American athletes have been outstanding achievers in almost every sport. Basketball players like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, in that regard, have been the poster boys of the sport. They have gifted basketball players several unforgettable nail-biting moments. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s career record has been unbeatable till date. Ali has won most of the matches he has participated in and has been more of a nightmare to most of his opponents. The boxer’s life was also the inspiration behind the critically and commercially acclaimed biopic ‘Ali’. A few other noteworthy African American athletes who are popular for their abilities are Tennis stars Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Arthur Ashe, ace golfer Tiger Woods, as well as yesteryear baseball star Jackie Robinson. Here’s a list which consists of the names of several African American athletes who are now legendary figures and are the role models of several budding sportsmen.
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Simone Biles
(Most Decorated Gymnast of All Time)
Simone Biles
85
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height: 4'8" (142 cm)
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Jesse Owens
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
Jesse Owens
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 31, 1980
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Michael Johnson
(American olympic athlete)
Michael Johnson
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Justin Gatlin
(Athlete)
Justin Gatlin
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Wilma Rudolph
(Sprinter and First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals at the Single Olympics)
Wilma Rudolph
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12, 1994
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jackie Joyner-Kersee
(One of the Greatest Female Athletes of All-Time)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States
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Dominique Dawes
(American Retired Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dominique Dawes
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 8 
Derek Brunson
(Mixed martial artist)
Derek Brunson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 9 
Marion Jones
(Athlete)
Marion Jones
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Woody Strode
(One of the First Black American Players in the National Football League in the Postwar Era)
Woody Strode
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 31, 1994
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Ralph Metcalfe
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: October 10, 1978
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
Simone Manuel
(American olympic athlete)
Simone Manuel
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
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Debi Thomas
(Figure skater)
Debi Thomas
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 14 
Athing Mu
(Winning a gold medal in the 800 meters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics)
Athing Mu
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Tommie Smith
(Football player)
Tommie Smith
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clarksville, Texas, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Willy T. Ribbs
(First African-American Man to Have Tested a Formula One Car & Compete in the 'Indianapolis 500')
Willy T. Ribbs
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
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Major Taylor
(Cyclist)
Major Taylor
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: June 21, 1932
 18 
Jasmine Plummer
(Famous Basketball Players, Football Player, Athlete)
Jasmine Plummer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois, United States
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Jack Trice
(American football player)
Jack Trice
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hiram, Ohio, United States
Died: October 8, 1923
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Flo Hyman
(Volleyball player)
Flo Hyman
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 24, 1986
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Nana Meriwether
(Beauty pageant contestant, Volleyball player)
Nana Meriwether
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Acornhoek, South Africa
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Lauryn Williams
(Sprinter and Bobsledder)
Lauryn Williams
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Antonio Pettigrew
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: August 10, 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 24 
Wyomia Tyus
(Olympic Athlete)
Wyomia Tyus
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Tasha Schwikert
(Artistic gymnast)
Tasha Schwikert
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Rachael Adams
(Volleyball player)
Rachael Adams
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Mark Johnson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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George Poage
(Athlete)
George Poage
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hannibal, Missouri, United States
Died: April 11, 1962
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John Youie Woodruff
(American track and field athlete)
John Youie Woodruff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Died: October 30, 2007
 30 
Seba Johnson
(Alpine skiing)
Seba Johnson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksted,Virgin Islands, United States
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Stan Wright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 8, 1998
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Harry Lew
(Basketball player)
Harry Lew
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1963 AD