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Allyson Felix
(Retired American Track and Field Athlete Who Competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 Meters)
Allyson Felix
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Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

The most-decorated track and field athlete, Allyson Felix, once bullied for having skinny legs, now has a record 9 Olympic medals, including 6 gold medals. Named to Time 100 in 2020, she is also part of the board of Right to Play, which caters to children in underdeveloped countries.

 2 
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. 

 3 
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
(Jamaican Track and Field Sprinter)
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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Birthdate: December 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a Jamaican sprinter who achieved international recognition in 2008 when she won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. She then went on to win gold medals at the 2012 and 2020 Olympic Games. Counted among the greatest sprinters of all time, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also has many World Championship gold medals under her belt.

 4 
Caster Semenya
(South African Middle-Distance Runner and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Caster Semenya
12
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.

 5 
Wilma Rudolph
(The First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals in a Single Olympic Games)
Wilma Rudolph
11
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12, 1994

Sprinter Wilma Rudolph made history by becoming the first American female athlete to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic game. As a child, she needed orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The sports icon lost her life to cancer but was immortalized through books and movies.

 6 
Cathy Freeman
(Australian Former Sprinter Who Specialised in the 400 metres Event)
Cathy Freeman
11
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Cathy Freeman is a former sprinter known for her achievements in the 400 meters events. Her personal best of 48.63, set at the 1996 Olympics, makes her the eighth-fastest woman of all time. She gave Australia an Olympic gold at the 2000 Olympics. Also a humanitarian, Freeman is credited with founding the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

 7 
Kelly Holmes
(Middle-Distance Runner Who Won Two Golds in the 2004 Olympics in Athens)
Kelly Holmes
13
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. 

 8 
Valerie Adams
(Retired New Zealand Shot Putter and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Valerie Adams
5
Birthdate: October 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand
Star shot-putter of New Zealand Valerie Adams boasts of two Olympic golds and four World Championship titles. IAAF’s 2014 World Athlete of the Year, she was one of 18 children born to an English father and a Tongan mother and first gained attention after breaking a 20-year school shot-put record.
 9 
Florence Griffith Joyner
(Former Sprinter Who Won Gold Medal in 1988 Olympics)
Florence Griffith Joyner
9
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: September 21, 1998

Legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is still regarded as the fastest woman in the world. Her world records in both the 100m and 200m categories have still not been broken. The three-time Olympic gold medal winner was also known for her six-inch nails and her unconventional outfits.

 10 
Paula Radcliffe
(British Former Long-Distance Runner)
Paula Radcliffe
10
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.

 11 
Marion Jones
(American Former World Champion Track and Field Athlete and Former Professional Basketball Player)
Marion Jones
4
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Marion Jones became the first female athlete to win five track and field medals in a single Olympic game. She was, however, stripped of all her Olympic medals after she admitted to using steroids. She also spent 6 months in jail for being involved in a check-fraud case.

 12 
Merlene Ottey
(Jamaican-Slovenian Former Track and Field Sprinter)
Merlene Ottey
4
Birthdate: May 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover Parish, Jamaica

Merlene Ottey is a Jamaican-Slovenian retired track and field sprinter. She represented Jamaica in international events for 24 years before representing Slovenia for 10 years. In 1993, she clocked 21.87 seconds to set the world indoor record for 200 metres; she has been holding that record ever since. Merlene Ottey is also known for winning several medals at Olympic Games. 

 13 
Fanny Blankers-Koen
(Dutch Track and Field Athlete)
Fanny Blankers-Koen
6
Birthdate: April 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lage Vuursche, Netherlands
Died: January 25, 2004
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Gail Devers
(One of the Greatest and Most Decorated Female Sprinters of All Time)
Gail Devers
4
Birthdate: July 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
 15 
Blanka Vlašić
(Former track and field athlete)
Blanka Vlašić
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 16 
Mary Decker
(American Middle-Distance Runner)
Mary Decker
7
Birthdate: August 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Flemington, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 17 
Jarmila Kratochvílová
(Former Czech Track and Field Athlete Who Specialized in the 400 Metres & 800 Metres Events)
Jarmila Kratochvílová
4
Birthdate: January 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Golčův Jeníkov, Czech Republic

Jarmila Kratochvílová is a Czech retired track and field athlete known for winning gold medals in the 800m and 400m events at the 1983 World Championships and setting a world record in the process in the 400m event. In 1983, she also set a world record in the 800m event. Kratochvílová also won a silver medal at the 1980 Olympics.

 18 
Denise Lewis
(Former Track and Field Athlete Who Specialised in the Heptathlon)
Denise Lewis
6
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. 

 19 
Allison Stokke
(Pole Vaulter and Fitness Model)
Allison Stokke
5
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States

Allison Stokke became an internet sensation after a few of her images went viral when she was 17. The talented high-school pole vaulter earned the 2011 All-American honors. She later gained more fame as a fitness model and a sex symbol than as a sportsperson. She also failed her Olympic trials.

 20 
Antonina Krivoshapka
(Russian Athlete)
Antonina Krivoshapka
2
Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 21 
Eilish McColgan
(Scottish Middle and Long-Distance Runner)
Eilish McColgan
5
Birthdate: November 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland

Eilish McColgan is a British middle-distance athlete. She competes in the 3000 meters steeplechase and 5000 meters. She represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2016 Olympic Games. She won the Great South Run in Portsmouth in 2018. She has a degree in mathematics and accountancy from the University of Dundee. 

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Sifan Hassan
(Ethiopian-Born Dutch Middle-and Long-Distance Runner)
Sifan Hassan
6
Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adama, Ethiopia

Sifan Hassan is an Ethiopian-born Dutch athlete who specializes in middle and long-distance running. She is best known for winning two gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. At the same Olympics, she also won a brone medal. Prior to her success at the 2020 Games, Sifan Hassan also won two gold medals at the 2019 World Championships.

 23 
Suzy Favor Hamilton
(American Former Middle-Distance Runner)
Suzy Favor Hamilton
4
Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
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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Derartu Tulu
(Ethiopian Retired Long-Distance Runner)
Derartu Tulu
6
Birthdate: March 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

Derartu Tulu is an Ethiopian retired long-distance runner who took part in several events like road running and marathon. She won a gold medal each at the 1992 and 2000 Olympics. She also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. Tulu is also known for winning a gold and silver medal at the World Championships.

 25 
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
(American Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
1
Birthdate: June 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: September 27, 1956

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who specialized in golf, track and field, basketball, and baseball. Considered one of the greatest female athletes ever, Didrikson won two gold medals and a silver medal in track and field at the Summer Olympics in 1932. She then went on to win 10 LPGA major championships, becoming USA's first female golf celebrity.

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Grete Sadeiko
(Heptathlon)
Grete Sadeiko
4
Birthdate: May 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Türi, Estonia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Heike Drechsler
(German Former Track and Field Athlete)
Heike Drechsler
4
Birthdate: December 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gera, Germany
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 28 
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
(One of the Greatest Female Athletes of All-Time)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
3
Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States

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.

 29 
Yelena Isinbayeva
(The Greatest Female Pole-Vaulter of All Time)
Yelena Isinbayeva
1
Birthdate: June 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Dafne Schippers
(Track and Field Athlete)
Dafne Schippers
0
Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Nafissatou Thiam
(The Second Woman to Win consecutive Olympic Titles in Heptathlon)
Nafissatou Thiam
4
Birthdate: August 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
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. 

 32 
Delilah DiCrescenzo
(American Distance Runner)
Delilah DiCrescenzo
6
Birthdate: February 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Delilah DiCrescenzo is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 3000 meters steeplechase. She helped Team USA win the gold medal at the Americas Cross Country Championships in 2009. Delilah DiCrescenzo is the subject of a hit song titled Hey There Delilah by the popular American rock band Plain White T's.

 33 
Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir
(The First Woman to Become a 2-Time CrossFit Games Winner)
Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir
6
Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 34 
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn
(Puerto Rican Track and Field Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn
3
Birthdate: August 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 35 
Dina Asher-Smith
(British Sprinter and Fastest British Woman on Record)
Dina Asher-Smith
1
Birthdate: December 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orpington, Kent, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 36 
P. T. Usha
(Retired Indian Track and Field Athlete)
P. T. Usha
5
Birthdate: June 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Payyoli, Kuttali, Kerala, India

Considered one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced, P. T. Usha is often called the Queen of Indian track and field. She has won 14 gold medals throughout her illustrious career. She missed out on the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics by a hundredth of a second.

 37 
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
(Heptathlete and an Indoor Pentathlete)
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
11
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.

 38 
Tessa Sanderson
(Former British Javelin Thrower and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Tessa Sanderson
5
Birthdate: March 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Elizabeth Parish St Elizabeth, Colony of Jamaica
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 39 
Lolo Jones
(American Hurdler and Bobsledder Who Specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter Hurdles)
Lolo Jones
2
Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

 40 
Maria Mutola
(Athlete)
Maria Mutola
3
Birthdate: October 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 41 
Darya Klishina
(Russian Long Jumper)
Darya Klishina
3
Birthdate: January 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tver, Russia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 42 
Irena Szewińska
(Russian Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Irena Szewińska
3
Birthdate: May 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 29, 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 43 
Keely Hodgkinson
(British Middle Distance Runner)
Keely Hodgkinson
1
Birthdate: March 3, 2002
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atherton, Greater Manchester, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 44 
Carmelita Jeter
(American Sprinter)
Carmelita Jeter
3
Birthdate: November 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 45 
Sally Pearson
(Retired Australian Athlete)
Sally Pearson
3
Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 46 
Christine Ohuruogu
(British Former Track and Field Athlete)
Christine Ohuruogu
5
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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Lieke Klaver
(Dutch Track and Field Athlete)
Lieke Klaver
4
Birthdate: August 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 48 
Fátima Diame
(Spanish Athlete)
Fátima Diame
3
Birthdate: September 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Marita Koch
(German Former Sprint Track and Field Athlete)
Marita Koch
5
Birthdate: February 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wismar, Germany
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Meseret Defar
(Ethiopian Long-Distance Runner and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Meseret Defar
3
Birthdate: November 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Meseret Defar is an Ethiopian athlete who specializes in long-distance running. She is best known for winning a gold medal at the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games in Athens and London respectively. In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Defar won a silver medal for Ethiopia. She has also won medals at the World Championships, All-Africa Games, and World Indoor Championships.