Famous Athletes - List of Famous Athletes - page 2

Athletes are the persons involved in the sport of athletics. Athletics include track and field events such as running, throwing, walking and jumping, the most common events being long distance running, cross-country running, and race walking. Athletics are very popular due to the fact that that such competitive events are simple to be organized and do not require expensive equipment. Mostly athletic events are individual sports though there are exceptions like relay races and cross-country races. Athletics have their origins in the ancient Olympic Games that were first held in 776 BC in Greece. Athletes have to maintain a very strict and healthy lifestyle which includes paying significant attention to their diets and exercise routines. They have to undergo a stringent training and practice routine in their chosen sports in order to compete professionally. Being a professional athlete is physically taxing and mentally exhausting. Since athletes are in their top form for only a few years, they are able to actively participate in competitive sports only for a limited period of time.  Also they face the risk of injuries that might limit or even end their career. Some athletes may become coaches and instructors after their retirement from active sports. Browse this section to know about the life and works of various famous athletes from all over the world.

The Most Famous Athletes

Sebastian CoeSeptember 29, 1956BritishSebastian Coe is a British former track and field athlete turned politician
Hadi SaeiJune 10, 1976IranianHadi Saei Bonehkohal is a former Iranian taekwondo athlete who has won 2 Olympic gold medals for his country
Fatima WhitbreadMarch 3, 1961BritishFatima Whitbread is a British former javelin thrower who is a two-time Olympic medalist
Nadia ComaneciNovember 12, 1961RomanianRomanian athlete Nadia Comăneci is credited for being the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10 in the history of Olympics
Satcha PrettoApril 5, 1980HonduranSatchaPretto is an Emmy award-winning journalist for the largest Spanish-language television channel in the United States
Stefka KostadinovaMarch 25, 1965BulgarianStefka Kostadinova is a former Bulgarian athlete and the reigning world record holder in the women’s high jump
Milkha SinghNovember 20, 1929IndianMilkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter also known as The Flying Sikh
Roger BannisterMarch 23, 1929BritishRoger Bannister is an English doctor, academic and a former athlete
Maurice GreeneJuly 23, 1974AmericanMaurice Greene is a renowned American former track and field sprinter
Gail DeversNovember 19, 1966AmericanGail Devers is an American retired track and field athlete counted amongst the fastest track and field athletes of all time
Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is a Jamaican-born Canadian former sprinter who gained notoriety following a doping scandal in the late 1980s

CanadianDecember 30, 1961279 views

Allan Wells

Allan Wells is a former British track and field sprinter who won the 100m in the 1980 Olympics

BritishMay 3, 1952153 views

Betty Cuthbert

Betty Cuthbert was an Australian former athlete who had won four Olympic gold medals

AustralianApril 20, 1938110 views

Philip Noel-Baker

Philip Noel-Baker was a British politician and a renowned campaigner for disarmament

BritishNovember 1, 1889115 views

Sebastian Coe

Sebastian Coe is a British former track and field athlete turned politician

BritishSeptember 29, 1956991 views

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius is an athlete of South African origin, who has fetched several laurels as a runner

Anna Chicherova

Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who won the gold medal at 2012 London Olympics

ArmenianJuly 22, 1982150 views

Konstantinos Tsiklitiras

Konstantinos Tsiklitiras was a popular Greek Athlete who won goldmedal in standing long jump in 1912 Olympics

GreekOctober 30, 1888100 views

Keshorn Walcott

Keshorn Walcott is an Olympic gold medal winning javelin thrower from Trinidad & Tobago

Stefka Kostadinova

Stefka Kostadinova is a former Bulgarian athlete and the reigning world record holder in the women’s high jump

BulgarianMarch 25, 1965419 views