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Roger Bannister
(The First Athlete to Run a Mile in Less Than Four Minutes)
Roger Bannister
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Birthdate: March 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harrow, England
Died: March 3, 2018

British middle-distance athlete and neurologist Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister was the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes. Before achieving such feat, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres during the 1952 Summer Olympics. In the medical field, Bannister became a neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill
(British Retired Track and Field Athlete Who Specialized in Heptathlon and 100m Hurdles)
Jessica Ennis-Hill
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Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

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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Paula Radcliffe
(British Former Long-Distance Runner)
Paula Radcliffe
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Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Davenham, Cheshire, England

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.

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Steve Cram
(British Retired Track and Field Athlete)
Steve Cram
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Birthdate: October 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gateshead, England

Steve Cram is a British former athlete who dominated the middle-distance running event during the 1980s alongside other athletes like Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe. During the summer of 1985, Cram set world records in the mile run, 2000m, and 1500m during a 19-day period. He is the first person to run 1500m under three-and-a-half minutes.

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 5 
Kelly Holmes
(Middle-Distance Runner Who Won Two Golds in the 2004 Olympics in Athens)
Kelly Holmes
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Birthdate: April 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pembury, Kent, England

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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Tessa Sanderson
(Former British Javelin Thrower and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Tessa Sanderson
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Birthdate: March 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Elizabeth Parish St Elizabeth, Colony of Jamaica
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Mo Farah
(British Long-Distance Runner and the Most Successful Male Track Distance Runner Ever)
Mo Farah
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Birthdate: March 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
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.
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Kriss Akabusi
(British Former Sprint and Hurdling Track and Field Athlete)
Kriss Akabusi
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Birthdate: November 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England

Known for his signature laughter, Kriss Akabusi is a former track and field athlete who has three Olympic bronze medals to his credit. He also became a European Champion in 1990, breaking a 22-year British 400m hurdles record. He had previously also been part of the British Army.

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Christine Ohuruogu
(British Former Track and Field Athlete)
Christine Ohuruogu
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

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.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson
(Heptathlete and an Indoor Pentathlete)
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
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Birthdate: January 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

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.

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Steve Ovett
(British Track Athlete)
Steve Ovett
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Birthdate: October 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brighton, Sussex, England

Apart from winning a gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Steve Ovett also set six world records. He once ruled the middle-distance running scene. A talented footballer in his teens, he later chose athletics, since he wanted to pursue a sport that wouldn’t make him dependent on his teammates.

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Linford Christie
(The First European Athlete to Break the 10-second Barrier in the 100 m)
Linford Christie
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Birthdate: April 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Andrew, Jamaica

Linford Christie is a Jamaican-born British former sprinter who won gold medals in the 100 meters at the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships, and the Commonwealth Games. He is one of the most highly decorated British athletes of all time. He was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1993. 

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Denise Lewis
(Former Track and Field Athlete Who Specialised in the Heptathlon)
Denise Lewis
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Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England

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. 

 14 
Dwain Chambers
(British Track Sprinter)
Dwain Chambers
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Birthdate: April 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

Dwain Chambers is a British track sprinter known to be one of the fastest European sprinters in the history of athletics. He is the European record holder for the 60 meters with 6.42 seconds. He has won gold medals at the world and European levels in different tournaments. He faced a doping ban from 2006 to 2012. 

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Dina Asher-Smith
(British Sprinter and Fastest British Woman on Record)
Dina Asher-Smith
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Birthdate: December 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orpington, Kent, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Daley Thompson
(British Former Decathlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Daley Thompson
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Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

Daley Thompson is a British former athlete who specialized in decathlon. He has won gol medals in decathlon at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. He also broke the world record for decathlon on four occasions. He also won three Commonwealth titles and is regarded as the greatest decathlete ever. 

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Greg Rutherford
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Greg Rutherford
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Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

The great-grandson of English footballer Jock Rutherford, Greg Rutherford had a brief stint with Aston Villa football club before he focused on athletics. The Milton Keynes athlete won a gold at the 2012 London Olympics, while his 8.29m jump at the 2016 Rio Olympics won him a bronze medal.

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Mary Peters
(British Former Athlete)
Mary Peters
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Birthdate: July 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halewood, Liverpool, England

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.  

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Iwan Thomas
(Former Olympic sprinter who won the silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games)
Iwan Thomas
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Birthdate: January 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Farnborough, London, England

Winner of the 1997 World Championship and the 1998 European Cup, British sprinter Iwan Thomas is the current UK 400m record holder, having run a time of 44.36s. He has also represented United Kingdom at the 1996 Olympic Games in the 400 metres.  A popular television personality, he makes regular appearances on small screen, mostly as guest, panelist or presenter.

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Keely Hodgkinson
(British Middle Distance Runner)
Keely Hodgkinson
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Birthdate: March 3, 2002
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atherton, Greater Manchester, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Harold Abrahams
( Olympic Champion in 1924 in the 100 metres Sprint)
Harold Abrahams
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Birthdate: December 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Died: January 14, 1978

English track and field athlete is best remembered for his gold medal win in the 100m race at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Part of the Achilles Club, he and his exploits inspired the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Following his retirement, he became a broadcaster and sports administrator.

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Allan Wells
(Scottish Former Track and Field Sprinter)
Allan Wells
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Birthdate: May 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Allan Wells is a Scottish former athlete who specialized in sprinting. He represented Great Britain at the 1980 Moscow Olympics where he won a gold medal and a silver medal in the 100 meters and 200 meters events, respectively. Allan Wells also won gold medals at other important tournaments, such as the IAAF World Cup, Commonwealth Games, and European Cup.

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Jonathan Edwards
(British Former Triple Jumper)
Jonathan Edwards
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Birthdate: May 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Lawrence Okoye
(British Track and Field Athlete and Former American Football Defensive Tackle)
Lawrence Okoye
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Birthdate: October 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

British track and field athlete, Lawrence Okoye played rugby for his school before taking up discuss throw. She won gold medal at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships and thereafter competed in the 2012 London Olympics in the following year. Later, he concentrated on football, participating in the NLF, before returning to discuss throwing, securing first place at 2021 European Athletics Team Championships.

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Sebastian Coe
(Former Track and Field Athlete)
Sebastian Coe
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Birthdate: September 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

Sebastian Coe is a politician and former athlete who represented Great Britain in two Olympic events. He won four Olympic medals including two gold medals as a middle-distance runner. In 2012, he was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame. The same year, Coe was honored at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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Stefanie Reid
(Track and Field Para Athlete)
Stefanie Reid
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Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Zealand

Stefanie Reid is a track and field para athlete. She represented Canada at the 2008 Paralympic Games, where she won a bronze medal. She then represented Great Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, winning a silver medal in both the events. Stefanie Reid has also won a gold medal at the 2014 European Championships and 2017 World Championships.

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Sally Gunnell
(British Former Track and Field Athlete)
Sally Gunnell
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Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chigwell, Essex, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter
(English Athlete and Politician Who Won the Gold Medal in 400m Hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics)
David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter
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Birthdate: February 9, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Peterborough, England
Died: October 22, 1981

An enthusiastic runner since his student life, David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter, began participating in professional events from the age of nineteen, eventually winning a gold medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the 1928 Olympic Games and a silver at 1932 Olympics. Also a Conservative Party member, he remained associated with different sports organizations even after his retirement.

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Tanni Grey-Thompson
(Welsh Life Peeress, Television Presenter and Former Wheelchair Racer)
Tanni Grey-Thompson
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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.

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Jazmin Sawyers
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Jazmin Sawyers
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Birthdate: May 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Asha Philip
(English Sprinter and the First British Woman to Achieve a Global 100 Metres Title at Any Age-Group)
Asha Philip
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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.

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David Hemery
(British Former Track and Field Athlete)
David Hemery
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Birthdate: July 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England

Born in England and raised in the U.S., David Hemery competed for England as a hurdler and won the 400m gold at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He also has two Commonwealth gold medals to his credit. He owns the charity 21st Century Legacy and has penned several books, including a memoir.

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Roger Black
(English Former Athlete and Olympic Medalist)
Roger Black
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Birthdate: March 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Adam Gemili
(British Sprinter)
Adam Gemili
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Birthdate: October 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Zharnel Hughes
(British Sprinter)
Zharnel Hughes
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Birthdate: July 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Valley, Anguilla
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Steve Backley
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Steve Backley
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Birthdate: February 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sidcup, England
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Alistair Brownlee
(British Triathlete and Only Athlete to Hold Two Olympic Titles in the Triathlon Event)
Alistair Brownlee
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Birthdate: April 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England

Alistair Brownlee made history by becoming the only athlete with two Olympics medals in the triathlon event. His brother, Jonathan Brownlee, too, is a star athlete. Born to a runner father and a swimmer mother, he was introduced to triathlon by Simon Hearnshaw, his uncle, who was also an avid athlete.

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Charles Eugster
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Charles Eugster
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Birthdate: July 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 26, 2017

Once a dentist, Charles Eugster stunned the world when he took to sprinting at age 95. In fact, he participated in age-group rowing in his 60s, winning countless gold medals, and also took up body building in his 80s. He penned his memoir, Age is Just a Number, at 97.

 39 
Davide Weir
(British Paralympic Wheelchair Athlete)
Davide Weir
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Birthdate: June 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wallington, London, England
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Morgan Lake
(British High Jumper)
Morgan Lake
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Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Richard Kitty
(British Sprinter)
Richard Kitty
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Birthdate: September 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Emma Pooley
(British-Swiss Athlete)
Emma Pooley
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Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wandsworth, England, United Kingdom
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
(British Sprinter Who Specialises in the 200 Metres)
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
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Birthdate: April 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newham, London, England
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Daryll Neita
(British Sprinter)
Daryll Neita
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Birthdate: August 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Sean Lamont
(Rugby union player)
Sean Lamont
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Birthdate: January 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Perth

While just beginning his senior career, Scottish rugby player Sean Lamont also studied sports science at Sheffield Hallam University. He was named the Famous Grouse Player of the Season in 2007. He gained 105 caps for Scotland before he retired and later also coached the Scotland Blues.

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Holly Bradshaw
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Holly Bradshaw
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Birthdate: November 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Imani-Lara Lansiquot
(English Sprinter Who Competes in the 100 Meters)
Imani-Lara Lansiquot
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Birthdate: December 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peckham, England
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Serena Guthrie
(English Former Netball Player)
Serena Guthrie
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Birthdate: January 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jersey
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Chris Brasher
(British Track and Field Athlete, Sports Journalist and Co-founder of the 'London Marathon')
Chris Brasher
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Birthdate: August 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: February 28, 2003

Apart from being a famed British athlete, Christopher William Brasher was also a skilled mountaineer, who was part of Edmund Hillary’s reserve team for his Everest mission and had led two missions to the Arctic. He was an award-winning journalist, too, but was best known for co-founding the London Marathon.

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Sophie Hahn
(England Sprinter)
Sophie Hahn
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Birthdate: January 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nottingham, England