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

Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe
American

Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius
South African

Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
American
Mo Farah Mo Farah
British

Jim Kelly Jim Kelly
American

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

Gail Devers Gail Devers
American

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Canadian

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
Australian

Keshorn Walcott Keshorn Walcott
Trinidadian

Liz McColgan Liz McColgan
British, Scottish

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei
Iranian

Owen FarrellOwen Farrell
British

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
American

James CracknellJames Cracknell
British
Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
South African

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
American

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
Indian

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
American
Shizo KanakuriShizo Kanakuri
Japanese

Alex PietrangeloAlex Pietrangelo
Canadian
Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Jamaican

Dave MirraDave Mirra
American

Sagarika GhatgeSagarika Ghatge
Indian
Greg RutherfordGreg Rutherford
British

Tyrone SpongTyrone Spong
Surinamese
Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
Filipino

Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
British

Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
Ethiopian
Marion JonesMarion Jones
Belizean, American

John TavaresJohn Tavares
Canadian
Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
Russian

Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
American

Nicolas HamiltonNicolas Hamilton
British

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
American
Alun Wyn JonesAlun Wyn Jones
British
Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
British

Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
French, Jamaican

Mike TindallMike Tindall
British

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
American
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
American

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
American

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
American

Lennart JohanssonLennart Johansson
Swedish

Christine SinclairChristine Sinclair
Canadian
Francois PienaarFrancois Pienaar
South African

Casey StonerCasey Stoner
Australian
Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen
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Tyson GayTyson Gay
American
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
American
Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Indian