British Women Athletes

Throughout history, there have been many British women athletes who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Fatima Whitbread, Zara Phillips, Ellen Whitaker, Paula Radcliffe.

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 1 Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: January 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is an English heptathlete whose performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games earned her a gold medal. She also won the gold at the 2019 World Championships. Katarina Johnson-Thompson holds the British record for the women's pentathlon with 5,000 points. A highly talented athlete, Katarina Johnson-Thompson also holds the British records for high jump in both outdoors and indoors.

 2 Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Northwich

Paula Radcliffe is a retired distance runner, credited with winning the London Marathon and the New York Marathon three times each. Born into an athletic family, she emerged as a running talent by the time she was in her teens, winning the world junior cross-country title at the age of nineteen, eventually. She held the Women's World Marathon Record from 2003 to 2019.

 3 Jessica Ennis-Hill

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

Jessica Ennis-Hill is a British retired track and field athlete. She specialized in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 meters hurdles. In 2012, she won an Olympic gold in the heptathlon. She was introduced to sports as a young girl and immediately took an interest in athletics. She has won several other titles as well in addition to her Olympic gold. 

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 4 Zola Budd

Zola Budd
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Famous As: Two-time winner at the World Cross Country Championships (1985–1986)
Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Zola Budd is a South African former athlete who used to compete in long-distance and middle-distance running. Budd represented Great Britain at the 1984 Olympic Games before representing South Africa at the 1992 Olympic Games. Zola Budd also took part in the 1985 and 1986 World Cross Country Championships, winning gold medals on both occasions.

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 5 Alex Scott

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

Alex Scott is an English TV presenter and former professional football player. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Arsenal and Birmingham City, Scott also represented the women's national football team. She also played for Great Britain at the London Olympics. In 2019, she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.

 6 Denise Lewis

Denise Lewis
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Bromwich

Denise Lewis is a British sports commentator and former athlete. She won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and became the first European to win Olympic gold in the heptathlon. A two-time Commonwealth Games champion, Lewis also won silver medals in the 1997 and 1999 World Championships. She was also the 1998 European Champion. 

 7 Kelly Holmes

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

Kelly Holmes is a retired English middle-distance athlete who specialized in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters events. She won gold medals for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Beginning her career with the British Army, she turned to professional athletics in 1993. She took part in her final major championship in 2004. 

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 8 Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-Thompson
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Famous As: Television presenter, Politician, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Winner of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, Tanni Grey-Thompson is a former wheelchair racer, who won the London Marathon six times and held more than 30 world records. Also a successful television personality and patron of numerous charities, she was created a Life Peer in 2010 and made Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in Stockton-On-Tees.

 9 Ellen Whitaker

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

Ellen Whitaker is an English show jumping rider. In September 2019, she was ranked 211 on the FEI riders' Longines Ranking list. She began competing at the tender age of five and qualified for the Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS) at just eight years old. She represented Great Britain in the European Championships in 2007. 

 10 Helen Skelton

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: July 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Carlisle, Cumbria, England

Best known for her work on BBC productions like Blue Pete, English television presenter Helen Skelton is also a trained lap dance teacher and an adventurer, who kayaked the entire length of River Amazon to raise fund for Sports Relief 2020. Author of Amy Wild: Amazon Summer, she is also the first person to reach South Pole using a bicycle.

 11 Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton
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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Autobiographer, Jockey
Birthdate: September 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stotfold

Victoria Pendleton is a British former track cyclist who represented England and Great Britain in international cycling competitions. She dominated the individual sprint event from 2005 to 2012, winning a record six world titles in the individual sprint. Having won one Olympic silver medal and two gold medals, Pendleton is one of the most successful female Olympians from Great Britain.

 12 Tessa Sanderson

Tessa Sanderson
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Famous As: A six-time Olympian in the javelin from 1976 to 1996
Birthdate: March 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica

 13 Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mansfield

Rebecca Adlington made headlines with her double-gold win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which she aced both the 400m and 800m freestyle events. After retiring at 23, she has worked for BBC as a sports pundit and participated in shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

 14 Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu
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Famous As: Writer, Sprinter
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

Christine Ohuruogu is a British athlete who has won an Olympic gold medal, two World Championships, and a Commonwealth gold medal in the 400m event. She also has an Olympic silver medal and a couple of bronze medals under her belt. In 2016, she became the second British track and field athlete to win Olympic medals at three consecutive Games.

 15 Fatima Whitbread

Fatima Whitbread
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Famous As: Javelin Thrower
Birthdate: March 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stoke Newington, United Kingdom

Fatima Whitbread is a British former athlete who specialized in the Javelin throw. At the 1986 European Championships, Whitbread broke the world record in the qualifying round before winning the gold medal in the finals. She also has an Olympic silver and an Olympic bronze under her belt. A popular athlete, Whitbread also won the 1987 World Championships in Rome.

 16 Mary Peters

Mary Peters
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Famous As: athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halewood

Mary Peters is a Northern Irish former athlete who specialized in the pentathlon and shot put. She was athletic from a young age and received encouragement from her father to pursue her passion. She represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and won the gold medal in the women's pentathlon.  

 17 Amy Williams

Amy Williams
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Famous As: Skeleton racer
Birthdate: September 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

Amy Williams is a British former skeleton racer who won a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships. In 2010, Amy Williams became the first British person in 30 years to win an individual gold medal at Winter Olympics when she won the medal in the skeleton.

 18 Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: December 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orpington ,England

 19 Liz McColgan

Liz McColgan
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dundee

Olympic silver medalist Liz McColgan had apparently started training at age 12. The former British track and field athlete secured her first major win representing the University of Alabama at the NCAA Indoor Mile Championship. She is also two-time Commonwealth winner, apart from being a one-time world champion.

 20 Laura Trott

Laura Trott
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Birthdate: April 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlow

With six Olympic gold medals in her kitty, Laura Trott has become the most decorated female athlete from Britain in the Olympics. She is married to cyclist Jason Kenny, who is also an Olympic gold medalist. Surprisingly, born with asthma, she was advised by doctors not to take up sports.

 21 Laura Muir

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Famous As: Middle distance runner, Long-distance runner
Birthdate: May 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scottish runner Laura Muir scripted history by becoming the first athlete to earn 2 golds at 2 consecutive events at any European Indoor Championship. Not known to many, she is also a trained vet. She also won a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Surprisingly, her clean diet bars coffee.

 22 Keely Hodgkinson

Keely Hodgkinson
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Famous As: Middle distance runner
Birthdate: March 3, 2002
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atherton, Greater Manchester, England

 23 Stefanie Reid

Stefanie Reid
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Famous As: Track and field paralympian
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Zealand

 24 Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones
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Famous As: snowboarder
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol

British snowboarder Jenny Jones, especially known for winning Great Britain's first Olympic medal on the snow, rather than on ice, learned to ski before switching to snowboarding. Eventually she started representing her country in various international competitions, winning medals, making history by finishing third at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, earning a bronze medal in the women's slopestyle event.

 25 Asha Philip

Asha Philip
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: October 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leyton, London, England

With her 2007 World Youth Championship win, former junior gymnast and sprinter Asha Philip became first British female athlete to earn a global 100m title. A double mini trampoline world junior champion, she also boasts of a drama degree. She has won relay bronze medals in the Rio and Tokyo Olympics.

 26 Mary Denise Rand

Mary Denise Rand
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: February 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wells,Somerset, England

English track and field athlete Mary Denise Rand made history by becoming the first woman from her country to earn a track and field Olympic gold medal. The long jumper also has a Commonwealth gold to her credit and has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

 27 Sally Gunnell

Sally Gunnell
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Famous As: Hurdler
Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chigwell, Essex, England

 28 Holly Bradshaw

Holly Bradshaw
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: November 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England

 29 Morgan Lake

Morgan Lake
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

 30 Imani-Lara Lansiquot

Imani-Lara Lansiquot
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: December 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peckham, England
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 31 Fiona May

Fiona May
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: December 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Slough, England

Former track and field athlete Fiona May initially represented the UK and then Italy in long jump. She has two Olympic silver medals to her credit and is a three-time World Champion. Her daughter, Larissa Iapichino, too is an athlete, who specializes in hurdles and long jump.

 32 Sophie Hahn

Sophie Hahn
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: January 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nottingham, United Kingdom

 33 Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wakefield, England
Died: September 3, 2007

It was after her breast cancer diagnosis that Jane Tomlinson became a radiographer. Given 6 months to live after her cancer relapsed, she later lived for 7 more years, until her death. A fearless woman, she raised funds through charity sports events such as marathons, while battling the disease.

 34 Emily Diamond

Emily Diamond
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bristol, England

 35 Daryll Neita

Daryll Neita
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 36 Lisa Dobriskey

Lisa Dobriskey
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Famous As: Track and field Athlete
Birthdate: December 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ashford, Kent, England

Apart from winning a Commonwealth Games gold, middle-distance runner Lisa Dobriskey also has a World Championship silver in her kitty. Before the London 2012 games, she recovered from severe blood clots in her lungs. In her Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008, she finished fourth, missing a medal narrowly.

 37 Jessie Knight

Jessie Knight
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: England

 38 Charlotte Wingfield

Charlotte Wingfield
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: November 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

British-born sprinter Charlotte Wingfield showed her interest in sports when she began beating the boys at her school in racing. Unable to gain British representation in the sport, she relied on her father’s Maltese heritage and got a Maltese citizenship. She eventually represented Malta in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

 39 Lorraine Ugen

Lorraine Ugen
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 40 Jodie Swallow

Jodie Swallow
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Famous As: Triathlete
Birthdate: June 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brentwood, England

Triathlete, Olympian, and former swimmer Jodie Swallow is a two-time ITU Long Distance World Champion. She once moved to Switzerland to train to gain a place in the 2012 London Olympics. Though she likes mountain biking for training, she calls herself a homebody and often spends her days relaxing at home.

 41 Ros Evans

Ros Evans
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Langbank, United Kingdom

 42 Montell Douglas

Montell Douglas
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Famous As: Record holder for the 100 metres at 11.05 seconds, in 2017
Birthdate: January 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London Borough of Lewisham, United Kingdom

 43 Jazmin Sawyers

Jazmin Sawyers
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Famous As: Long jumper and Bobsledder
Birthdate: May 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England

 44 Caroline Pearce

Caroline Pearce
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Famous As: Athlete, Sports Host
Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, United Kingdom