2 Jackie Joyner-Kersee(Athlete)
The first to score over 7,000 points in the heptathlon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered by many as one of the greatest female athletes ever. While in school, she excelled in sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track, and also did well in studies. She later won three Olympic golds medals.
3 Carlos Vives(Singer)
4 Bob Beamon(Best Known for His World Record in the Long Jump at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968)
Bob Beamon is a former American track and field athlete who won the gold medal for the long jump at the 1968 Olympics. He created a world record in the process of winning the gold medal; the record was broken by Mike Powell almost 23 years later. Beamon was inducted into United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
5 Fanny Blankers-Koen(Athlete)
6 Nafissatou Thiam(Heptathlon)
7 Ivana Spanovic(Sprinter)
8 Heike Drechsler(Athlete)
9 Malaika Mihambo(Athletics competitor)
10 Carolina Klüft(Athlete)
Former track and field athlete from Sweden, Carolina Klüft is an Olympic gold medalist. Born to Swedish soccer player Johnny Klüft and long jumper Ingalill Ahlm Klüft, Carolina was naturally drawn toward sports at an early age. She is also a student of peace and development and participates in charitable campaigns.
11 Eric Metcalf(American football player, Athletic)
12 Galina Chistyakova(Current World Record Holder in the Long Jump)
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.
13 Grigoris Lambrakis(Politician)
Grigoris Lambrakis was a Greek physician, politician, and track and field athlete. He played an important role during the Second World War as a prominent member of the Greek resistance to the occupation of Greece by the Axis Powers. After the war, Grigoris Lambrakis went on to become a popular anti-war activist.
14 Khaddi Sagnia(Athlete)
Khaddi Sagnia is a Swedish athlete who specializes in the long jump. She competed in the first Youth Olympic Games where she won a gold medal in the triple jump. She also took part in the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships where she won a bronze medal in the long jump final.
15 Fiona May(Athlete)
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.