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

Jim Kelly Jim Kelly
American

Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe
American
Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
American

Mo Farah Mo Farah
British

Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
American

Dot Jones Dot Jones
American

Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila
Ethiopian
Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman
Australian

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Sergey Bubka Sergey Bubka
Ukrainian

Valerie Adams Valerie Adams
New Zealander

Gail Devers Gail Devers
American

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Canadian

Liz McColgan Liz McColgan
British, Scottish

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
Australian

Keshorn Walcott Keshorn Walcott
Trinidadian

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei
Iranian

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
British

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
American

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
British
Eddie HallEddie Hall
British

Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen
-

Georgina BloombergGeorgina Bloomberg
American

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
South African
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
American

Shizo KanakuriShizo Kanakuri
Japanese
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
Filipino

Alberto SalazarAlberto Salazar
Cuban, American

Mike TindallMike Tindall
British
Alun Wyn JonesAlun Wyn Jones
British

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
American

Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
American

Dave MirraDave Mirra
American
Sagarika GhatgeSagarika Ghatge
Indian

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
Indian
Denise LewisDenise Lewis
British

Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Jamaican

John TavaresJohn Tavares
Canadian

Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
British
Greg RutherfordGreg Rutherford
British
Wayde van NiekerkWayde van Niekerk
South African

Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
-

Francois PienaarFrancois Pienaar
South African

Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
Ethiopian
Marion JonesMarion Jones
Belizean, American

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
British

Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
British

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
American

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
American
Max DomiMax Domi
Canadian

Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
British
Lennart JohanssonLennart Johansson
Swedish

Casey StonerCasey Stoner
Australian
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
American
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
American