Athletes

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.

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 1 Usain Bolt

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Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’. He holds the world record for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

 2 Jesse Owens

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Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville
Died: March 31, 1980

Widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens' three world records in less than an hour in 1935 came to be known as the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports. He was credited with destroying Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

 3 Mo Farah

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogadishu
Long-distance runner Mo Farah shot to fame with his 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter wins at the 2012 London Olympics. The first athlete to score a quadruple double, Farah has won 10 major international titles. He became the European Athlete of the Year thrice and has also received the CBE.

 4 Caster Semenya

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Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Polokwane, Limpopo, South African

 5 Nadia Comaneci

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Famous As: Olympic Champion Gymnast
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onești

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, Comaneci has five Olympic gold medals under her belt. Credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world, Nadia Comaneci was honored by the Laureus World Sports Academy by including her in their Athletes of the 20th Century list in 2000.

 6 Jim Thorpe

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma
Died: March 28, 1953

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete who was counted among the most versatile athletes of the modern era. Jim Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and became the first Native American to give the United States an Olympic gold. He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. He was memorialized in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American.

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 7 Florence Griffith Joyner

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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: September 21, 1998
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 8 Justin Gatlin

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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: February 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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 9 Carl Lewis

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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S

 10 Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: November 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, Kenya
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 11 Michael Johnson

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Famous As: American olympic athlete
Birthdate: September 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas

 12 Allyson Felix

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Famous As: Track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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 13 Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Famous As: Track & Field Athlete
Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

 14 Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton.
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Famous As: Decathlete
Birthdate: January 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland Oregon
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 15 Tyson Gay

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Famous As: Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lexington

 16 Wilma Rudolph

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Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee
Died: November 12, 1994
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 17 Yohan Blake

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Famous As: Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: December 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint James Parish

 18 Cathy Freeman

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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Slade Point, Mackay, Queensland

Cathy Freeman is a former sprinter known for her achievements in the 400 meters events. Her personal best of 48.63, set at the 1996 Olympics, makes her the eighth-fastest woman of all time. She gave Australia an Olympic gold at the 2000 Olympics. Also a humanitarian, Freeman is credited with founding the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

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 19 Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States

 20 Oscar Pistorius

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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: November 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sandton, South Africa

From being an infant whose both legs were amputated below knee, Oscar Pistorius went on to become a top athlete with wins in Paralympic Games and other sporting events. The South African sprinter also became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics Games. However, later, he was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend and is currently imprisoned.

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 21 Kelly Holmes

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Famous As: Middle-distance runner
Birthdate: April 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tonbridge and Malling

 22 Eddie Hall

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK

 23 Wim Hof

Wim Hof
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands

 24 Denise Lewis

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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Bromwich
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 25 Allison Stokke

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, USA

 26 Linford Christie

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Famous As: Retired Sprinter
Birthdate: April 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Andrew, Jamaica
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 27 Dave Mirra

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Famous As: Extreme sports athlete
Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: February 4, 2016

Dave Mirra was an American BMX rider who set the X Games record for most medals won in BMX Freestyle. He was also a rallycross racer, competing alongside the Subaru Rally Team USA for many years. Dave Mirra committed suicide in 2016. Later that year, he was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame.

 28 Paul DePodesta

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Famous As: Chief strategy officer
Birthdate: December 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alexandria
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 29 Dennis Weaver

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

 30 Lolo Jones

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Famous As: Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Des Moines

 31 Ellen Whitaker

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Famous As: Show jumper
Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces

 32 Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: September 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wigan
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 33 Aimee Mullins

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

 34 Mary Lou Retton

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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairmont
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 35 Haile Gebrselassie

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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: April 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asella

 36 Antonio Rüdiger

Antonio Rüdiger
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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 37 Marion Jones

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 38 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

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Famous As: Eldest Son of Queen of Denmark Margrethe II
Birthdate: May 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark is the first in order of succession to the Danish throne. Frederik has various interests that range from climate change to sports. He often encourages the people of Denmark to stay active and healthy. He has also established the Crown Prince Frederik's Foundation, which aims to provide financial support to students and encourage scientific expeditions.

 39 Daley Thompson

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Famous As: Decathlete
Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

 40 Alex Scott

Alex Scott
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 41 Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belfast

 42 Steve Prefontaine

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Famous As: Long-distance Runner
Birthdate: January 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coos Bay
Died: May 30, 1975

 43 Greg Louganis

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Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States

 44 Donovan Bailey

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Famous As: Former Sprinter
Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, Jamaica

Donovan Bailey is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter. He once held the world record for the 100 meters and is considered the greatest Canadian sprinter of all time. Noted for his top speed, he became the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters. In 2004,  he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

 45 Cameron Winklevoss

Cameron Winklevoss
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Rower
Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton

 46 Kerri Walsh Jennings

Kerri Walsh Jennings
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Famous As: Beach Volleyball player
Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States

 47 Valerie Adams

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Famous As: Shot Putter
Birthdate: October 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rotorua
Star shot-putter of New Zealand Valerie Adams boasts of two Olympic golds and four World Championship titles. IAAF’s 2014 World Athlete of the Year, she was one of 18 children born to an English father and a Tongan mother and first gained attention after breaking a 20-year school shot-put record.

 48 Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Otley

 49 Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila.
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Famous As: Olympic marathon champion
Birthdate: August 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: October 25, 1973

Ethiopian marathon runner, Abebe Bikil,a became the first black African Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Four years later, he won his second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He created world record both the times. A pioneer in long-distance running, he participated in a total of 16 marathons. 

 50 Milkha Singh

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Famous As: Indian track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Govindpura, Muzaffargarh District, India
Died: June 18, 2021

Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh, also known as "The Flying Sikh,” was orphaned during the Partition of India. The former army man won four Asian Games gold medals. He also competed in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400-meter event in 1960.

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