Women Athletes

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Throughout history, there have been many women athletes who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female athletes such as Cathy Freeman, Wilma Rudolph, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Allyson Felix, Valerie Adams.The women athletes featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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Florence Griffith Joyner
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Gold Medal in 100 m and 200 m in 1988 Olympics)
Florence Griffith Joyner
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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.

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Nadia Comaneci
(Romanian Retired Gymnast and a Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nadia Comaneci
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Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onești, Romania

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, Comaneci has five Olympic gold medals under her belt. Credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world, Nadia Comaneci was honored by the Laureus World Sports Academy by including her in their Athletes of the 20th Century list in 2000.

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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.

 4 
Jessica Ennis-Hill
(British Retired Track and Field Athlete Who Specialise 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. 

 5 
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.

 6 
Wilma Rudolph
(Sprinter and First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals at the Single Olympics)
Wilma Rudolph
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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.

 7 
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
(One of the Greatest Female Athletes of All-Time)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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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.

 8 
Cathy Freeman
(Australian Former Sprinter Who Specialised in the 400 metres Event)
Cathy Freeman
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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.

 9 
Denise Lewis
(Athletics competitor)
Denise Lewis
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Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Bromwich

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. 

 10 
Kelly Holmes
(Middle-Distance Runner Who Won Two Golds in the 2004 Olympics in Athens)
Kelly Holmes
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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. 

 11 
Valerie Adams
(Retired New Zealand Shot Putter and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Valerie Adams
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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.
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Allison Stokke
(American Pole Vaulter and Fitness Model)
Allison Stokke
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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.

 13 
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
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.

 14 
Alex Scott
(Footballer)
Alex Scott
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Birthdate: October 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Alex Scott is an English TV presenter and former professional football player. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Arsenal and Birmingham City, Scott also represented the women's national football team. She also played for Great Britain at the London Olympics. In 2019, she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.

 15 
Kerri Walsh Jennings
(Beach Volleyball player)
Kerri Walsh Jennings
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Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
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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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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Birthdate: December 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

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.

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Aimee Mullins
(First Amputee to Compete Against Able-bodied Athletes in NCAA Events)
Aimee Mullins
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Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

Born without fibular bones, Aimee Mullins had to have her legs amputated below the knee as an infant. Undeterred, she grew up to be a Paralympic record-breaker, competing as a track and field athlete with prosthetic legs. She has walked the ramp for Alexander McQueen and has starred in films, too.

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Helen Skelton
(Co-Presenter of the BBC Children's Program 'Blue Peter' and 'Countryfile')
Helen Skelton
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Birthdate: July 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kirkby Thore, Cumbria, England

Best known for her work on BBC productions like Blue Pete, English television presenter Helen Skelton is also a trained lap dance teacher and an adventurer, who kayaked the entire length of River Amazon to raise fund for Sports Relief 2020. Author of Amy Wild: Amazon Summer, she is also the first person to reach South Pole using a bicycle.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson
(Athletics competitor)
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
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Birthdate: January 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool

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.

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Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Birthdate: April 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lage Vuursche, Netherlands
Died: January 25, 2004
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Rebecca Adlington
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Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mansfield

Rebecca Adlington made headlines with her double-gold win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which she aced both the 400m and 800m freestyle events. After retiring at 23, she has worked for BBC as a sports pundit and participated in shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

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Dafne Schippers
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Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
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Paula Radcliffe
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)
Paula Radcliffe
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Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Northwich

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.

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Dominique Dawes
(American Retired Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dominique Dawes
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Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Known as Awesome Dawesome, Dominique Dawes is a retired star gymnast from the U.S. who was part of the gold-winning team at the Atlanta Olympics. She also became the first African-American to earn an individual Olympic medal, with her bronze. She is also part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Ellen Whitaker
(Show Jumper)
Ellen Whitaker
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Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: England

Ellen Whitaker is an English show jumping rider. In September 2019, she was ranked 211 on the FEI riders' Longines Ranking list. She began competing at the tender age of five and qualified for the Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS) at just eight years old. She represented Great Britain in the European Championships in 2007. 

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Georgina Bloomberg
(Equestrian)
Georgina Bloomberg
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Birthdate: January 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City

Born to former New York City mayor and media magnate Michael Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg was no stranger to the glitz of an affluent lifestyle. An elite equestrian, she now owns the New York Empire team. She has also co-authored a few novels and is an animal rights activist and a philanthropist.

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Christine Sinclair
(Canadian Soccer Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Christine Sinclair
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Birthdate: June 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burnaby

Christine Sinclair is a Canadian soccer player who plays for the Canadian national team as a forward. She is currently captaining the national team and the NWSL club Portland Thorns FC. In the 2020 Olympics, Sinclair helped her team win the gold medal. She was also part of the team that won bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics

Sadako Sasaki
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Birthdate: January 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kusunoki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: October 25, 1955

At age 2, Sadako Sasaki survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, being just 2km away from the bombing site. However, years later, she developed leukemia, as an aftermath of the bombing. While in hospital, battling the terminal disease, she folded over 1,000 origami cranes, in the hope of getting better.

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Michelle Jenneke
(Australian Hurdler and Model)
Michelle Jenneke
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Birthdate: June 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kenthurst, Australia

Michelle Jenneke is an Australian track and field athlete and model. She won a silver medal for Australia at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. She received international recognition in 2012 when her pre-race warm-up dance became famous on the internet. As a model, Michelle Jenneke was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2013.

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Simone Manuel
(American olympic athlete)
Simone Manuel
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Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Simone Manuel is the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming, She achieved this feat at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She started swimming at the age of four and swam across the pool on her second day of swim lessons.At the 2016 Olympics, she won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley.

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Yelena Isinbayeva
(Pole vaulter)
Yelena Isinbayeva
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Birthdate: June 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia
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Babe Didrikson Zaharias
(Only Track & Field Athlete to Win Individual Olympic Medals in Separate Running, Throwing and Jumping Events)
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
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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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Katrín Davíðsdóttir
(The Second Woman to be the CrossFit Champion Twice)
Katrín Davíðsdóttir
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Birthdate: May 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Retired Icelandic gymnast and track athlete Katrín Davíðsdóttir scripted history as the second woman to be a CrossFit Games champion twice. She was 18 when she began her CrossFit career. She later appeared in the 30th season of the reality game show The Amazing Race.

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Kathrine Switzer
(Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction writer)
Kathrine Switzer
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Birthdate: January 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amberg

Kathrine Switzer was a 20-year-old Syracuse University student when she registered for the Boston Marathon in 1967. Though women were practically barred from competing, she competed as KV Switzer, avoiding mentioning her gender. Attacked at the event, she made history and became a champion for women’s rights.

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Zola Budd
(Former South African Middle-Distance and Long-Distance Runner)
Zola Budd
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Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Zola Budd is a South African former athlete who used to compete in long-distance and middle-distance running. Budd represented Great Britain at the 1984 Olympic Games before representing South Africa at the 1992 Olympic Games. Zola Budd also took part in the 1985 and 1986 World Cross Country Championships, winning gold medals on both occasions.

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Victoria Pendleton
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Autobiographer, Jockey)
Victoria Pendleton
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Birthdate: September 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stotfold

Victoria Pendleton is a British former track cyclist who represented England and Great Britain in international cycling competitions. She dominated the individual sprint event from 2005 to 2012, winning a record six world titles in the individual sprint. Having won one Olympic silver medal and two gold medals, Pendleton is one of the most successful female Olympians from Great Britain.

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Dot Jones
(Actress and Retired Athlete Known for Her TV Series ‘Glee’)
Dot Jones
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Birthdate: January 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turlock, California, United States

Best known for her roles in Lizzie McGuire and Material Girls, arm-wrestler-cum-actress Dot-Marie Jones never aspired to become an actress. Instead she competed in shot put and power lifting, eventually becoming 15-time world arm wrestling champion. Discovered at a body-building tournament by Shirley Eson, she debuted on screen with Knights and Warriors, thereafter appearing in numerous films and television productions

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Sara Sigmundsdóttir
(Icelandic Weightlifter Who Has Been Placed 3rd in the CrossFit Games Twice)
Sara Sigmundsdóttir
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Birthdate: September 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjanesbær, Iceland

Icelandic weightlifter and CrossFit athlete Sara Sigmundsdóttir was placed 3rd in the CrossFit Games twice. She has also won the 2016 Dubai Fitness Championship and appeared in the documentary Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness. She now works as a trainer at CrossFit Sudurnes in Reykjanesbaer.

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Grete Sadeiko
(Heptathlon)
Grete Sadeiko
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Birthdate: May 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Türi, Estonia
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Eilish McColgan
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Birthdate: November 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dundee

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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Fatima Whitbread
(Javelin Thrower)
Fatima Whitbread
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Birthdate: March 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stoke Newington, United Kingdom

Fatima Whitbread is a British former athlete who specialized in the Javelin throw. At the 1986 European Championships, Whitbread broke the world record in the qualifying round before winning the gold medal in the finals. She also has an Olympic silver and an Olympic bronze under her belt. A popular athlete, Whitbread also won the 1987 World Championships in Rome.

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Sifan Hassan
(Ethiopian-Born Dutch Middle-and Long-Distance Runner)
Sifan Hassan
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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.

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Dina Asher-Smith
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Birthdate: December 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orpington ,England
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Tanni Grey-Thompson
(Television presenter, Politician, Athletics competitor)
Tanni Grey-Thompson
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Birthdate: July 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
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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Delilah DiCrescenzo
(Distance runner)
Delilah DiCrescenzo
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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.

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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
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.

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Merlene Ottey
(Jamaican-Slovenian Former Track and Field Sprinter)
Merlene Ottey
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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. 

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Suzy Favor Hamilton
(Athletics competitor, Call girl)
Suzy Favor Hamilton
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Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stevens Point

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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Christine Mboma
(Sprinter)
Christine Mboma
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Birthdate: May 22, 2003
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kavango East, Namibia
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Marion Jones
(American Former World Champion Track and Field Athlete and Former Professional Basketball Player)
Marion Jones
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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.