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Bob Beamon
(Best Known for His World Record in the Long Jump at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968)
Bob Beamon
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Birthdate: August 29, 1946
Birthplace: South Jamaica, New York, United States

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.

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Jesse Owens
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
Jesse Owens
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Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 31, 1980

Widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens' three world records in less than an hour in 1935 came to be known as the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports. He was credited with destroying Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

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Edwin Moses
(American Former Track and Field Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 m Hurdles)
Edwin Moses
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Birthdate: August 31, 1955
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Emil Zatopek
(Czech Long-Distance Runner Who Was Considered One of the Greatest Runners of the 20th Century)
Emil Zatopek
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Birthdate: September 19, 1922
Birthplace: Kopřivnice, Czech Republic
Died: November 21, 2000

Winner of four Olympic golds, three of which came from the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Czech long-distance runner Emil Zatopek came to be known as the Czech Locomotive and The Bouncing Czech for his speed. He lost his Communist Party membership for criticizing the 1968 Soviet takeover of Czechoslovakia.

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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
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. 

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Efren Reyes
(Filipino Professional Pool Player Who is Widely Considered the Greatest Pool Player of All Time)
Efren Reyes
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Birthdate: August 26, 1954
Birthplace: Angeles

Efren Reyes is a Filipino professional pool player who is regarded as the greatest player of all time. Nicknamed The Magician, Reyes is best known for his ability to display numerous trick shots. Efren Reyes has also won more than 100 international titles over the course of his illustrious career. Reyes is a WPA World Eight-ball and Nine-ball champion.

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Michael Johnson
(American Retired Sprinter Who Won Four Olympic Gold Medals)
Michael Johnson
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Birthdate: September 13, 1967
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson remains the only man to win both the 200m and the 400m events in the same Olympics. He was the Track & Field News 1996 Athlete of the Year. In 2008, he returned his 2000 Olympic relay medal, as a teammate had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

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Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir
(The First Woman to Become a 2-Time CrossFit Games Winner)
Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir
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Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir scripted history as the first female to win the CrossFit Games twice. The former gymnast withdrew from the 2015 CrossFit Games due to heatstroke, but baring that occasion, she has never finished below top 13. She now owns Reebok CrossFit Reykjavik.

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Jim Hines
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Held the 100-Meter World Record for 15 Years)
Jim Hines
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Birthdate: September 10, 1946
Birthplace: Dumas, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Sally Pearson
(Retired Australian Athlete)
Sally Pearson
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Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Sally Pearson is an Australian former athlete. After winning a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Pearson went on to win Olympic gold in the same event in 2012. A two-time world champion, Sally Pearson also won two gold medals in Commonwealth Games. In 2011, she was named Female Athlete of the Year.

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Fátima Diame
(Spanish Athlete)
Fátima Diame
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Birthdate: September 22, 1996
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Hicham El Guerrouj
(One of the Greatest Middle-Distance Runners in History)
Hicham El Guerrouj
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Birthdate: September 14, 1974
Birthplace: Berkane, Morocco

Moroccan former middle-distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj is a four-time 1500m world champion. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador became the second athlete to win both the 1500m and 5000m titles in the same Olympics. He won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year thrice and holds many indoor and outdoor records.

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Wyomia Tyus
(Olympic Athlete)
Wyomia Tyus
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Birthdate: August 29, 1945
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Yaroslava Mahuchikh
(Ukrainian High Jumper)
Yaroslava Mahuchikh
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Birthdate: September 19, 2001
Birthplace: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Betty Robinson
(American Athlete and Winner of the First Olympic 100 Metres for Women)
Betty Robinson
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Birthdate: August 23, 1911
Birthplace: Riverdale, Illinois, United States
Died: May 18, 1999
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Al Oerter
(American Athlete and a Four-Time Olympic Champion in the Discus Throw)
Al Oerter
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Birthdate: September 19, 1936
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Died: October 1, 2007
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Jakob Ingebrigtsen
(Norwegian Middle and Long-Distance Runner and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jakob Ingebrigtsen
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Birthdate: September 19, 2000
Birthplace: Sandnes, Norway

The youngest of the Ingebrigtsen runner brothers from Norway, Jakob Ingebrigtsen was 17 when he won both the 1500m and 5000m at the 2018 European Championships. Trained by his award-winning sports coach father, Gjert Ingebrigtsen, he also won a gold in the 1500 m. at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Margaret Wambui
(Kenyan Middle-Distance Runner)
Margaret Wambui
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Birthdate: September 15, 1995
Birthplace: Nyeri, Kenya
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Joshua Cheptegei
(Ugandan Long-Distance Runner)
Joshua Cheptegei
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Birthdate: September 12, 1996
Birthplace: Kapchorwa, Uganda
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Renaud Lavillenie
(French Pole Vaulter and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Renaud Lavillenie
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Birthdate: September 18, 1986
Birthplace: Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, France
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Kirani James
(Grenadian Professional Sprinter and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kirani James
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Birthdate: September 1, 1992
Birthplace: Gouyave, Grenada
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Joseph Fahnbulleh
(Athlete)
Joseph Fahnbulleh
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Birthdate: September 11, 2001
Birthplace: Hopkins, Minnesota, United States
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Vivian Cheruiyot
(Kenyan Long-Distance Runner)
Vivian Cheruiyot
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Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Birthplace: Keiyo, Rift Valley, Kenya
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Kevin Young
(Former Athlete as Winner of the 400 Metres Hurdles at the 1992 Summer Olympics)
Kevin Young
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Birthdate: September 16, 1966
Birthplace: Watts, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Tomasz Majewski
(Polish Shot Putter and a Double Olympic Gold Medalist)
Tomasz Majewski
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Birthdate: August 30, 1981
Birthplace: Nasielsk, Poland
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Foekje Dillema
(Dutch Track and Field Athlete)
Foekje Dillema
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Birthdate: September 18, 1926
Birthplace: Burum, Netherlands
Died: December 5, 2007
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Eulace Peacock
(American Track and Field Athlete)
Eulace Peacock
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Birthdate: August 27, 1914
Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama, United States
Died: December 13, 1996
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Mel Sheppard
(Athlete)
Mel Sheppard
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Birthdate: September 5, 1883
Birthplace: Almonesson, Deptford Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 4, 1942
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Félix Sánchez
(Track and field athlete)
Félix Sánchez
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Birthdate: August 30, 1977
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lauryn Williams
(American Sprinter and Bobsledder)
Lauryn Williams
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Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Birthplace: Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Richard Kitty
(British Sprinter)
Richard Kitty
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Birthdate: September 2, 1989
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Steven Gardiner
(Bahamian Track and Field Sprinter and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Steven Gardiner
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Birthdate: September 12, 1995
Birthplace: Abaco, Bahamas
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Daryll Neita
(British Sprinter)
Daryll Neita
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Birthdate: August 29, 1996
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Bonga
(Singer-songwriter, Athletics competitor, Singer)
Bonga
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Birthdate: September 5, 1942
Birthplace: Icolo e Bengo, Angola
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Abderrahman Samba
(Sprinter, Hurdler)
Abderrahman Samba
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Birthdate: September 5, 1995
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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John Steffensen
(Australian Former Track and Field Athlete)
John Steffensen
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Birthdate: August 30, 1982
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

One of Australia’s most well-known track and field athletes, John Steffensen has won more medals for his country than any other male sprinter. Apart from his two gold medals at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he also has an Olympic silver and a World Championship bronze in his kitty.

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Daniel Ståhl
(Swedish Discus Thrower)
Daniel Ståhl
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Birthdate: August 27, 1992
Birthplace: Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 38 
Eoin Cody
(Irish Hurler)
Eoin Cody
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Birthdate: September 12, 2000
Birthplace: Ballyhale, County Kilkenny, Ireland
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Maryam Yusuf Jamal
(Bahraini Middle-Distance Runner)
Maryam Yusuf Jamal
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Birthdate: September 16, 1984
Birthplace: Arsi Province
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Daniel Bailey
(Antiguan Sprinter)
Daniel Bailey
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Birthdate: September 9, 1986
Birthplace: Antigua and Barbuda
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Marjorie Jackson-Nelson
(Former Governor of South Australia and a Former Australian Athlete)
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson
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Birthdate: September 13, 1931
Birthplace: Coffs Harbour, Australia

Marjorie Jackson-Nelson is a former Australian athlete. She won two Olympic and seven Commonwealth Games Gold Medals. She was appointed the Governor of South Australia in 2001 and held this position until 2007. She was married to Olympic cyclist Peter Nelson who died in 1977. She has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.  

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Shiva Keshavan
(Six-Time Olympian and the First Indian Representative to Compete in Luge at the Winter Olympic Games)
Shiva Keshavan
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Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Birthplace: Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Jeļena Prokopčuka
(Latvian Long-Distance Runner)
Jeļena Prokopčuka
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Birthdate: September 21, 1976
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Christine Arron
(Former French Track and Field Sprinter)
Christine Arron
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Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Birthplace: Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Caroline Pearce
(British Athlete)
Caroline Pearce
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Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
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Nezha Bidouane
(Moroccan Track and Field Hurdler)
Nezha Bidouane
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Birthdate: September 18, 1969
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Federico Pellegrino
(Italian Cross-Country Skier and Olympic Silver Medalist)
Federico Pellegrino
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Birthdate: September 1, 1990
Birthplace: Aosta, Italy
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Georg Hackl
(Retired German Luger Who Is a 3-Time World and Olympic Champion)
Georg Hackl
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Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Birthplace: Berchtesgaden, Germany

Retired German luger Georg Hackl scripted history as the world’s sole singles luger with 3 consecutive Olympic gold medal wins. He has also been a 3-time World Champion. Initially a student of metallurgy, he began building his own sleds by the age of 16. He is also known as Hackl-Schorsch or the Speeding Weißwurst.

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Birhanu Legese
(Ethiopian Long-Distance Runner)
Birhanu Legese
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Birthdate: September 11, 1994
Birthplace: Woliso, Oromia, Ethiopia

Birhanu Legese is an Ethiopian athlete who specializes in long-distance running. Currently, he is part of the famous NN Running Team, which is being managed by Global Sports Communication. In 2016, he won the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. Birhanu Legese won the Tokyo Marathon in 2019 despite cold and rainy conditions. He won again in Tokyo the following year.

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Murielle Ahouré
(Athlete)
Murielle Ahouré
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Birthdate: August 23, 1987
Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)