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Popular South Africa Olympic Athletes

List of popular South African Olympic athletes, listed alphabetically with photos of the athletes when available. Famous Olympians from South Africa have achieved some of the highest honors in sports and Olympic history, as even being chosen to represent your country at the Olympics is something that most athletes will never get to experience. These competitors are the most prominent people from South Africa who have competed in the Olympics. South Africa has a long, proud history of competing in the Olympic games, and without these fierce athletes they never would have won any medals. List items include James R. Walker, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous South African Olympic athletes?" and "Who is the greatest South African Olympian of all time?"


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    Olympic Sport: Track cycling
    Olympic Country: South Africa
    Date Of Birth: 1931-06-25
    Place Of Birth: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Africa, Southern Africa
    Nationality: South Africa
    Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's 1000m Time Trial
    Olympic Medalist Event: Track Cycling, Men's 1000m Time Trial
    Olympic Medalist Games: 1956 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Games Participant: 1956 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    Olympic Country: South Africa
    Date Of Birth: 1894-10-05
    Place Of Birth: Kimberley, Northern Cape, Northern Cape, South Africa, Africa + 1 more
    Nationality: South Africa
    Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metres, Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's 800 metres
    Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Athletics, 400m, Men's Athletics, 800m
    Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal
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    Olympic Sport: Tennis
    Olympic Country: South Africa
    Date Of Birth: 1888-08-01
    Place Of Birth: Queenstown, South Africa, Eastern Cape, Africa, Southern Africa
    Nationality: South Africa
    Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Tennis at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's Outdoor Singles, Tennis at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles
    Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Tennis, singles
    Olympic Medalist Games: 1912 Summer Olympics, 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal
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    Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    Olympic Country: South Africa
    Date Of Birth: 1898-12-13
    Nationality: South Africa
    Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Bantamweight
    Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Boxing, Bantamweight 50.8-53.5kg
    Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    Olympic Country: South Africa
    Date Of Birth: 1985-03-06
    Place Of Birth: Heidelberg, Gauteng, South Africa, Africa, Southern Africa
    Nationality: South Africa
    Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's long jump
    Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Long jump
    Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Olympic Sport: Road cycling
    Olympic Country: South Africa
    Nationality: South Africa
    Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's individual time trial
    Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road Cycling, Individual Time Trial
    Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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