Comprehensive directory containing biographies of world's most famous athletes.

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Athletes are the persons involved in the sport of athletics. Athletics include track and field events such as running, throwing, walking and jumping, the most common events being long distance running, cross-country running, and race walking. Athletics are very popular due to the fact that that such competitive events are simple to be organized and do not require expensive equipment. Mostly athletic events are individual sports though there are exceptions like relay races and cross-country races. Athletics have their origins in the ancient Olympic Games that were first held in 776 BC in Greece. Athletes have to maintain a very strict and healthy lifestyle which includes paying significant attention to their diets and exercise routines. They have to undergo a stringent training and practice routine in their chosen sports in order to compete professionally. Being a professional athlete is physically taxing and mentally exhausting. Since athletes are in their top form for only a few years, they are able to actively participate in competitive sports only for a limited period of time.  Also they face the risk of injuries that might limit or even end their career. Some athletes may become coaches and instructors after their retirement from active sports. Browse this section to know about the life and works of various famous athletes from all over the world.

Usain Bolt Usain Bolt
Jamaican

Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius
South African

Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
American

Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe
American

Mo Farah Mo Farah
British

Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
American

Dot Jones Dot Jones
American
Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman
Australian

Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila
Ethiopian

Sergey Bubka Sergey Bubka
Ukrainian

Valerie Adams Valerie Adams
New Zealander

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Canadian
Gail Devers Gail Devers
American

Liz McColgan Liz McColgan
British, Scottish

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
Australian

Keshorn Walcott Keshorn Walcott
Trinidadian

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei
Iranian

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
South African
Earl WoodsEarl Woods
American

James CracknellJames Cracknell
British

Christine SinclairChristine Sinclair
Canadian

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
Indian

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
American
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
American

Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
Russian

Vladimir TarasenkoVladimir Tarasenko
Russian

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian
Dave MirraDave Mirra
American

Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Indian
Jim KellyJim Kelly
Australian, American

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
Filipino

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
American
Mike TindallMike Tindall
British

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
British
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
Russian

Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
Canadian

Marion JonesMarion Jones
Belizean, American
Victoria PendletonVictoria Pendleton
British

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
American
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
American

Lester PiggottLester Piggott
British

Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
British

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
American
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
American
Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
American

Lennart JohanssonLennart Johansson
Swedish

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
American

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
British
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
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Alexander SteenAlexander Steen
Canadian, Swedish

Casey StonerCasey Stoner
Australian

Nicolas HamiltonNicolas Hamilton
British

Paul RabilPaul Rabil
American
Stephen MaguireStephen Maguire
Scottish

Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi
American
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
Russian

Kriss AkabusiKriss Akabusi
British
Woody StrodeWoody Strode
American
Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
British