Maps of World
Current, Credible, Consistent
Home / Olympics / Great Olympians / Famous Olympic Athletes

Famous Olympic Athletes

Athletics Olympic Players: Athletics is an important part of the Summer Games. This game of pace and strength is one of the most popular sports in the Olympic events. Athletics is in fact, one of the first sports to have been incorporated in the list of Summer Games.

A large number of Athletics players have participated in the Summer Games and put in their best efforts to win the race with their speed and strength. The players who have made it to the list of the winners have not only made their country proud but have also enhanced the influence of the Summer Games among the lovers of sports.

In this section of the Summer Games, both men and women take part. The Summer Games have witnessed great athletes winning with big margins and setting records. The tracks have witnessed tremendous battles among the players with photo finishes deciding the winners.

These athletes have to prove their mettle in the different sections of the athletics like the 60 meters race, the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 and 1500 meters. Some of the otehr events which are part of Athletics are 5000 meters, 10000 meters, 5 miles, Marathon, 300 meters Steeplechase, 110 meters Hurdles, 200 and 400 meters Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot, Discus, Hammer, Stone, Javelin, Pentathlon and Decathlon.

Some of the great athletes/players in the Olympics are:

  • Carl Lewis – A legend in his own right, Carl Lewis has won a total of 9 gold medals at the Olympics. His career spanned from 1984 to 1996, in which he won medals in 100m, 200m, 400m relay and long jump.
  • Edwin Corley Moses – One of the greatest athletes of the USA, he had won two gold medals at the 400m hurdles in the Olympics.
  • Sebastian Coe – An athlete from the UK, he has won two gold medals in the 1500 m race.
  • Bob Beamon – An American athlete has created a record in the long jump section and no body till date has been able to break his records.
  • Michael Johnson – The retired American Sprinter holds records in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 400 meters relay, which is a notable deed in itself. He had won 5 gold medals and holds the record of the fastest runner on the track whose speed could only be compared with that of a leopard.















    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

  • FAQs and Answers on History and Geography

    For further info please get in touch with
    Bill Spicer Executive VP, MapXL
    For US Queries
      (408) 637-0064   bill@mapxl.com