Comprehensive directory containing biographies of world's most famous 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.

Usain Bolt Usain Bolt
Jamaican

Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius
South African

Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
American

Mo Farah Mo Farah
British

Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe
American

Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
American

Jim Kelly Jim Kelly
American

Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman
Australian

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Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila
Ethiopian

Sergey Bubka Sergey Bubka
Ukrainian

Dot Jones Dot Jones
American

Valerie Adams Valerie Adams
New Zealander

Gail Devers Gail Devers
American

Liz McColgan Liz McColgan
British, Scottish

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Canadian

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
Australian
Keshorn Walcott Keshorn Walcott
Trinidadian

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei
Iranian

Eddie HallEddie Hall
British

Wim HofWim Hof
Dutch

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
American
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
American

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
American
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
American

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
American

Marion JonesMarion Jones
Belizean, American
Aimee MullinsAimee Mullins
American

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
British
Sagarika GhatgeSagarika Ghatge
Indian

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
South African

Dave MirraDave Mirra
American
Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
American

Georgina BloombergGeorgina Bloomberg
American
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
Russian

Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
Russian

Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
American

Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
American
Shavarsh KarapetyanShavarsh Karapetyan
Armenian

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
American

Mike TindallMike Tindall
British

Woody StrodeWoody Strode
American

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
Filipino
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
American

Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
British
Scott QuiggScott Quigg
British

Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
Uzbekistan, Russian

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
British
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
British

Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren
American
Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
Ethiopian

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
Indian
Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
French, Jamaican

Galen RuppGalen Rupp
American

Aliya MustafinaAliya Mustafina
Russian
Casey StonerCasey Stoner
Australian

Dean KarnazesDean Karnazes
American
Les MillsLes Mills
New Zealander