Famous South African Athletes

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Caster Semenya
(South African Middle-Distance Runner and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Caster Semenya
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Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pietersburg, South Africa

Two-time Olympic gold medalist middle-distance runner Caster Semenya in an intersex woman, with high testosterone levels. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was asked to take medication to decrease her testosterone levels, to participate in the 2021 Olympics women’s events, and filed a case in the European Court of Human Rights.

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Oscar Pistorius
(South African Former Professional Sprinter and Convicted Murderer)
Oscar Pistorius
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Birthdate: November 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sandton, South Africa

From being an infant whose both legs were amputated below knee, Oscar Pistorius went on to become a top athlete with wins in Paralympic Games and other sporting events. The South African sprinter also became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics Games. However, later, he was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend and is currently imprisoned.

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Wayde van Niekerk
(South African Track and Field Sprinter Who Competes in the 200 and 400 Metres)
Wayde van Niekerk
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Birthdate: July 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Wayde van Niekerk is a South African athlete who competes as a sprinter in the 200 and 400 metres. He is the current Olympic and world record holder in the 400 metres. Wayde van Niekerk holds the world record in the 300 metres as well. He won the gold medal in the 400 metres event at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Francois Pienaar
(Rugby union player)
Francois Pienaar
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Birthdate: January 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vereeniging

Francois Pienaar is a former rugby player who captained the South African national team from 1993 to 1996. He is best-known for helping his team win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. In 2004, he was ranked 50th in a list named Top 100 Great South Africans. In 2005, he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

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Joost van der Westhuizen
(Rugby union player)
Joost van der Westhuizen
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Birthdate: February 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pretoria
Died: February 6, 2017

Joost van der Westhuizen was a South African rugby player. He took part in three Rugby World Cups, helping his national team win the 1995 World Cup. Widely regarded as the greatest scrumhalf in the history of the game, van der Westhuizen was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Bakkies Botha
(Rugby union player)
Bakkies Botha
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Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newcastle
Bakkies Botha, the former professional rugby union player, ​played as a lock for Springboks until 2014. Regularly listed in 'greatest ever' sides, Botha was nominated for SA player of the year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He is also the only player in the history of rugby union to have won a hat-trick of Super Rugby and European rugby titles.
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Joel Stransky
(Rugby union player)
Joel Stransky
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Birthdate: July 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg

South African rugby legend Joel Stransky is best known for scoring all points, including the famous drop goal, in the nail-biting 1995 Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand that he led his country to win. He has also worked with the marketing departments of Altech Netstar and the Steinhoff Group.

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John Smit
(Rugby union player)
John Smit
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Birthdate: April 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Polokwane

Rugby player John Smit has mostly been a hooker for the South African national team. He captained his team to their 2007 World Cup win in France. He has also been part of the Tri Nations winning team twice and is part of the IRB Hall of Fame.

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Ruan Pienaar
(Rugby union player)
Ruan Pienaar
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Birthdate: March 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bloemfontein

Born to former rugby player Gysie Pienaar, South African scrum-half and fly-half has made quite a name for himself in the rugby scene. He is known for his stint with the Sharks. He is also a staunch Christian and has formed a Bible study group for South African rugby players.

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Naas Botha
(Rugby union player)
Naas Botha
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Birthdate: February 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Breyten

Naas Botha is a South African former rugby player who represented the South African national team and the Northern Transvaal team. One of the most successful players of his generation, Botha was adjudged Rugby Player of the Year on four occasions during his playing career. He currently serves as the head coach of the Indian women's and men's rugby teams.

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Os du Randt
(Rugby union player)
Os du Randt
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Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elliot, Eastern Cape

Os du Randt is a South African former rugby player who retired as the most-capped forward in the South African national team's history. One of the most successful players of his generation, Du Randt is one of 21 players who have won the World Cup twice or more. In 2019, he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. 

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Nick Abendanon
(Rugby union player)
Nick Abendanon
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Birthdate: August 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bryanston, Gauteng

South African-born Dutch rugby player Nick Abendanon plays for the England rugby team and is best known for his stint as a full back for Clermont Auvergne. Declared the 2015 European Player of the Year, he also won the Top 14 and the Challenge Cup trophies for Clermont.

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Ashwin Willemse
(Rugby union player)
Ashwin Willemse
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Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Caledon

Retired South African rugby player Ashwin Willemse, now a rugby analyst and a motivational speaker, grew up amid poverty and lived in a shack near Cape Town, with his mother and grandparents. A drug dealer and addict in his youth, he had even joined a criminal gang and had attempted suicide.