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Usain Bolt
(One of the Greatest Sprinters of All Time)
Usain Bolt
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Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’. He holds the world record for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

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Maurice Greene
(American Former Track and Field Sprinter and Olympic Medalist)
Maurice Greene
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Birthdate: July 23, 1974
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

Maurice Greene is a former track and field athlete and a former world record holder in 100-metre dash. Greene won four Olympic medals, including two gold medals, representing the United States of America in two Olympic Games. Maurice Greene also has five gold medals at the World Athletics Championships under his belt.

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Gail Devers
(One of the Greatest and Most Decorated Female Sprinters of All Time)
Gail Devers
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Birthdate: July 23, 1966
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
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Mary Decker
(American Middle-Distance Runner)
Mary Decker
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Birthdate: August 4, 1958
Birthplace: Flemington, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Daley Thompson
(British Former Decathlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Daley Thompson
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Birthdate: July 30, 1958
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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Tyson Gay
(American Track and Field Sprinter)
Tyson Gay
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Birthdate: August 9, 1982
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Born into an athletic family, Tyson Gay naturally developed an interest in sports. One of the fastest sprinters in both the 100m and the 200m categories, he was part of the 2016 Olympic relay team that was stripped of its medal for breaking game rules.

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Suzy Favor Hamilton
(American Former Middle-Distance Runner)
Suzy Favor Hamilton
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Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Birthplace: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States

Suzy Favor Hamilton is a former middle-distance runner who participated in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Summer Olympics, representing the USA. Favor broke many hearts when she turned to prostitution which in turn ended her career as an athlete. She claimed mental illness as the reason for her downfall and is currently serving as a speaker at mental health conferences.

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Alberto Salazar
(American Former Track Coach and Long-Distance Runner)
Alberto Salazar
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Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Alberto Salazar is an American former long-distance runner who won the silver medal at the 1982 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Rome, Italy. After his retirement from the sport, Salazar served as the head coach for the Nike Oregon Project and received the 2013 IAAF Coaching Achievement Award in Monaco. He was later banned for doping and sexual offenses.

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Nafissatou Thiam
(The Second Woman to Win consecutive Olympic Titles in Heptathlon)
Nafissatou Thiam
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Birthdate: August 19, 1994
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Nafissatou Thiam is a Belgian athlete who achieved popularity in 2016 when she won the gold medal in Heptathlon at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Nafissatou Thiam went on to win another gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, becoming only the second woman to win consecutive Olympic titles in Heptathlon after America's Jackie Joyner-Kersee. 

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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn
(Puerto Rican Track and Field Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn
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Birthdate: August 21, 1996
Birthplace: North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Issa Hayatou
(Athlete, Sports Administrator)
Issa Hayatou
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Birthdate: August 9, 1946
Birthplace: Garoua, Cameroon
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Dave Wottle
(American Retired Middle-Distance Track Athlete)
Dave Wottle
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Birthdate: August 7, 1950
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

Dave Wottle is an American former track and field athlete who specialized in middle-distance running events. Wottle is best known for winning the gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics, competing in the 800-meter run. Dave Wottle used to wear a golf cap while running; it later became his signature style.

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Galina Chistyakova
(Current World Record Holder in the Long Jump)
Galina Chistyakova
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Birthdate: July 26, 1962
Birthplace: Izmail, Ukraine

Galina Chistyakova is a former athlete best known for representing the Soviet Union in the Olympic Games, European Championships, World Indoor Championships, and European Indoor Championships, winning a bronze medal, one silver medal, one gold medal, and six medals, respectively. In 1988, Chistyakova reached 7.52 metres in the long jump, creating a new world record which she continues to hold.

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Lieke Klaver
(Dutch Track and Field Athlete)
Lieke Klaver
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Birthdate: August 20, 1998
Birthplace: Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Lolo Jones
(American Hurdler and Bobsledder Who Specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter Hurdles)
Lolo Jones
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Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

While she believes missing out on the gold medal at the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was her most painful experience, American hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones is still quite a star. She has penned a memoir and has also appeared on shows such as Celebrity Big Brother.

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Amos Alonzo Stagg
(American Athlete and College Coach)
Amos Alonzo Stagg
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Birthdate: August 16, 1862
Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 17, 1965
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Sally Gunnell
(British Former Track and Field Athlete)
Sally Gunnell
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Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Birthplace: Chigwell, Essex, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Anita Włodarczyk
(Polish Hammer Thrower)
Anita Włodarczyk
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Birthdate: August 8, 1985
Birthplace: Rawicz, Poland
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Greg Foster
(Former Hurdler as Winner of Three Consecutive 110 Meters Hurdles Titles)
Greg Foster
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Birthdate: August 4, 1958
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 19, 2023
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Glenn Cunningham
(American Middle-Distance Runner)
Glenn Cunningham
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Birthdate: August 4, 1909
Birthplace: Atlanta, Kansas, United States
Died: March 10, 1988
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Waldemar Cierpinski
(German Marathon Runner and Two Time Olympic Champion)
Waldemar Cierpinski
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Birthdate: August 3, 1950
Birthplace: Neugattersleben, Nienburg, Germany
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Kerri Walsh Jennings
(Beach Volleyball player)
Kerri Walsh Jennings
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Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States

American beach-volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings was born to a baseball player father and a volleyball player mother, and was naturally drawn toward sports. She later attended Stanford on a sports scholarship and won three gold medals at the Olympics. She is married to fellow beach-volleyball player Casey Jennings

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Davy Fitzgerald
(Irish Hurling Manager and Former Player)
Davy Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: August 2, 1971
Birthplace: Sixmilebridge, Ireland
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Dave Sime
(Former Sprinter Multi-Sport Athlete, and a Pioneering Ophthalmologist.)
Dave Sime
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Birthdate: July 25, 1936
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 12, 2016
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Anna Geary
(Irish Camogie player)
Anna Geary
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Birthdate: July 28, 1987
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
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Robert Korzeniowski
(Polish Former Racewalker Olympic Champion)
Robert Korzeniowski
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Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Birthplace: Lubaczów, Poland
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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
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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Oliver Mintzlaff
(German Businessman, Former Football Official and Former Long-Distance Runner)
Oliver Mintzlaff
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Birthdate: August 19, 1975
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
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Charles Eugster
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Charles Eugster
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Birthdate: July 26, 1919
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.

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Felipe Contepomi
(Rugby union player)
Felipe Contepomi
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Birthdate: August 20, 1977
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Mariya Savinova
(Russian Middle-Distance Runner)
Mariya Savinova
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Birthdate: August 13, 1985
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Charley Paddock
(Athlete)
Charley Paddock
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Birthdate: August 11, 1900
Birthplace: Gainesville, Texas, United States
Died: July 21, 1943
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Hasely Crawford
(Trinidadian Track and Field Athlete)
Hasely Crawford
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Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Birthplace: San Fernando
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Yomif Kejelcha
(Ethiopian Middle-and-Long-Distance Runner)
Yomif Kejelcha
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Birthdate: August 1, 1997
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopia

Yomif Kejelcha is an Ethiopian athlete who specializes in middle and long-distance running. He is best known for winning a gold medal at the 2016 and 2018 World Indoor Championships in Portland and Birmingham respectively. Yomif Kejelcha also won a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

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Grit Šadeiko
(Heptathlete)
Grit Šadeiko
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Birthdate: July 29, 1989
Birthplace: Saku, Estonia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Heather Moyse
(Canadian Athlete and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Heather Moyse
3
Birthdate: July 23, 1978
Birthplace: Summerside, Canada
Height: 5'10" (178 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
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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Gearóid Hegarty
(Irish Hurler and Gaelic Footballer Who Plays as a Right Wing-Forward)
Gearóid Hegarty
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Birthdate: August 10, 1994
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland

Apart from being a senior Gaelic footballer from Limerick, Gearóid Hegarty later also gained fame as a hurler, winning honors such as the All Stars Hurler of the Year. The son of retired hurler Ger Hegarty, Gearóid was born with sports in his blood. He also has an All-Star Award in his kitty.

 39 
Orlando Ortega
(Spanish Athlete)
Orlando Ortega
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Birthdate: July 29, 1991
Birthplace: Artemisa, Cuba
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt
(New Zealand Physician, Military Surgeon and Athlete)
Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt
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Birthdate: August 10, 1900
Birthplace: Wanganui, New Zealand
Died: January 1, 1994

New Zealand-born British-origin physician Arthur Porritt initially worked as a military surgeon. He later headed organizations such as the British Medical Association and also served as the governor-general of New Zealand. A talented sprinter, he also bagged an Olympic bronze medal and 3 World Student Games medals.

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Douglas Lowe
(Athlete)
Douglas Lowe
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Birthdate: August 7, 1902
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: March 30, 1981

Two time Olympics gold winner in the 800-metre races, Douglas Lowe was a champion runner since his school years. He won gold medals both at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics.He later took up law and served as the President of the Bar Council from 1961 to 1964. Douglas coauthored the book, Athletics, with fellow runner Arthur Porritt.

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Austra Skujytė
(Lithuanian Athlete)
Austra Skujytė
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Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Birthplace: Biržai, Lithuania
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Tamirat Tola
(Ethiopian Long-Distance Runner, World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Tamirat Tola
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Birthdate: August 11, 1991
Birthplace: Ethiopia

World Champion Ethiopian long-distance runner Tamirat Tola specializes in cross-country and road running. He is also an Olympic bronze medalist and an IAAF World Cross Country Championship gold medalist. He clocked his personal best in the 10,000m at a little above 26:57 minutes and has also scored several half-marathon wins.

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Genevieve Gregson
(Australian Steeplechase Runner)
Genevieve Gregson
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Birthdate: August 4, 1989
Birthplace: Benowa, Queensland, Australia

Genevieve Gregson is an Australian athlete who specializes in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She started running when she was nine years old and earned an athletics scholarship at the University of Florida. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

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Nora Gjakova
(Judoka)
Nora Gjakova
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Birthdate: August 17, 1992
Birthplace: Gjakova, Kosovo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Jordan Kent
(American football player, Basketball player)
Jordan Kent
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Birthdate: July 24, 1984
Birthplace: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Richie Hogan
(Irish Hurler Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Richie Hogan
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Birthdate: August 8, 1988
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Leon Reid
(Track and Field Sprinter)
Leon Reid
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Birthdate: July 26, 1994
Birthplace: Bath, England
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Alex Quinonez
(Athlete)
Alex Quinonez
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Birthdate: August 11, 1989
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Lorraine Ugen
(Athlete)
Lorraine Ugen
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Birthdate: August 22, 1991
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)