Top 10 Most Famous Runners of Olympic Games

Famous Runners is among those few known games / sports to the modern world that are very basic but linked to ancient sports. It is actually nothing but a hardest test of body and mind. This category of sport has seen records broken in consistency over the years. Every record has lowered times and tougher the situation for new comers to break it again. Though every record breaker is best in running but below list is about top 10 best Olympic runners.


Mizuki Noguchi Famous Runners

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Most of the runners in this list are black and Mizuki Noguchi is among few top-rated white female runners in the world. Noguchi belongs to Japan who was born on July 3, 1978. She is the queen of long distance running category and is a professional runner of this sports category. Noguchi spent her childhood in Ise City, Mie but was born in Kanagawa. She started her running career from competing her friends of high school.


Tegla Loroupe

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Tegla Loroupe is another Kenyan (third so far) in this list which is about all-time favorite or famous runners around the globe. Loroupe is the owner of three different world records in the long distance running category i.e. 20, 25 and 30 kilometers events respectively. Loroupe is also recognized as the world record holder in marathon running category. She is first African-American who won New York City Marathon event for two different occasions.


Duncan Kibet

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Duncan Kibet is another Kenyan athlete, runner in this list who is recognized as an outstanding yet most famous runner in this mega event. This Kenyan runner was born on April 25, 1978 who earned fame for his outstanding performances in long distance running category. Kibet started his running career very late than other athletes in this list but earned fame shortly after he started his professional career.


Florence Griffith-Joyner

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Florence Griffith-Joyner is also regarded in the top-rated, magnificent runners in the world. She was also very famous among her fans as “Flo-Jo” nickname. The most interest part of her running achievements is that her set world records of 100 and 200-meter running could not be broken by any other female athlete for more than 20 years. She has won three Olympic gold medals along with one gold medal in World Championship.


Carl Lewis

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Carl Lewis is another big name in this list of Olympic Games runners. This professional American athlete was born in Birmingham but he spent his childhood in Willingboro, New Jersey. Lewis has set two world records; one in long jump and the other one in running. He started participating in long jump events in pretty young age when he was only 13. His sprinting events career was also started in pretty young age when he was in high school. [smartads]


Haile Gebrselassie

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Haile Gebrselassie is the only person in this list who has won more than two dozens of world records against his name. This Ethiopian runner has won three World Championships, two Olympic and three gold medals for the World Indoor Championships. It describes its worth in this sports category of this mega event. The most interest part of his achievements is that this professional Ethiopian runner was an asthma patient when he achieved all these titles.


Catherine Ndereba

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Catherine Ndereba is yet the only woman in the world who was able to grab its position in the list of top 5 most famous and prolific runners in the world. This professional female athlete is the queen of long distance running category who is recognized as the pride of Kenya. This Kenyan queen was born on July 31, 1972 who has won several golden moments for her country.


Hichan El Guerroj

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Hichan El Guerroj earned third place in this list with his marvelous performance in Olympic Games that has brought him two Olympic gold medals so far. Guerroj has also won three World Indoor Championships as well as four gold medals in World Championships. He is truly among greatest runner in the world that can be included in all-time famous runner’s list. He is the pride of Morocco and his King honored him “Cordon de Commandeur” for his achievements.


Michael Johnson

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Though some of you would place Michael Johnson on top in this list because he is most prolific runner in the Olympic Games but he achieved second place after Usain Bolt in our list. This professional American athlete is widely recognized as sprint running specialist. His father was a truck driver. Johnson opened his eyes in this world in Dallas, United States in 1967 and earned countless fame in Olympic Games’ running category.


Usain Bolt

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Though there are many big names in running category of Olympic Games but Usain Bolt is on top at the moment beating names like Michael Johnson. Bolt is current superstar who can win No. 1 position either in all-time or current most famous runners of this mega event. He shocked the world in 2008 Beijing Olympics in 100-meter race which set a new world record. He also won 200-meter gold medal with his outstanding performance in the same Olympic.

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