Popular South Africa Olympic Athletes Olympic Athletes

Popular South Africa Olympic Athletes

5 29 of 44
2,282 views 17 items tags f p @

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 athletes 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?"



List Photo: user uploaded image
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed
  1. 1

    Alfred James Swift was a South African Olympic athlete and cyclist. Swift was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on 25 June 1931. He was awarded provincial colours for Natal and then later for Transvaal. He was awarded his springbok colours in 1952 and competed at two Olympic games, 1952 in ...more

    more ABOUT
    • 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
  2. 2

    Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd was a South African athlete, the 1920 Olympic Champion in the 400 m. Rudd was born in Kimberley. He was the son of Henry Percy Rudd and Mable Mina Blyth; paternal grandson of Charles Rudd, who co-founded the De Beers diamond mining company, and Frances Chiappini; and maternal ...more

    more ABOUT
    • 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, + 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
  3. 3
    Charles Winslow
    Photo: Freebase/Public domain

    Charles Lyndhurst Winslow was a three-time Olympic tennis medalist from South Africa. He won two Gold medals: Men's Singles and Doubles at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. Eight years later, in Antwerp, Winslow won a Bronze medal in the Men's Singles event. Winslow's father Lyndhurst Winslow ...more

    more ABOUT
    • 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
  4. 4

    Clarence Leonard Walker was a South African bantamweight professional boxer who competed in the early 1920s. He won the gold medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics, defeating Chris Graham in the final. He was born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, and died in Roodepoort, Gauteng.more

    more ABOUT
    • 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
  5. 5
    Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
    Photo: Freebase/Public domain

    Godfrey Khotso Mokoena is a South African athlete who specializes in the long jump and triple jump.more

    more ABOUT
    • 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
  6. 6
    more ABOUT
    • 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
  7. 7

    James Walker was a South African cyclist. He won the Silver Medal in Tandem and a Bronze in the 4000m Team Pursuit Men in the 1920 Summer Olympics.more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Track cycling
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
  8. 8

    Louis Bosman Raymond was a male tennis player from South Africa. At the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, he defeated Ichiya Kumagai in the finals to win the gold medal. He won the South African Championships six times; four consecutive titles from 1921 through 1924 as well as victories in 1930 ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Tennis
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1895
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Tennis at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Tennis, singles
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
  9. 9

    Mbulaeni Tongai Mulaudzi was a South African middle distance runner, and the 2009 world champion in the men's 800 metres. His first global medal was a silver at the 2000 African Championships in Athletics. He later won a bronze at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, which came a year after his ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-09-08
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 800 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Athletics, 800m
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
  10. 10

    Natalie du Toit is a South African swimmer. She is best known for the gold medals she won at the 2004 Paralympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. She was one of two Paralympians to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; the other being table tennis player Natalia Partyka. Du Toit became ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Swimming
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1984-01-29
    • Place Of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa, Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Africa, + more
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
  11. 11

    Oliver Martin Kraas is a South African cross-country skier who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 57th in the individual sprint event at Turin in 2006. Kraas' best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was 23rd in the team sprint at ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1975-04-18
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
  12. 12

    Peter Scott is an alpine skier from South Africa. He was part of the 2010 Winter Olympics team of South Africa, participating in the men's giant slalom competition. He trains at Peyragudes Ski Club in France. Scott was born in Cape Town. His family moved to France when he was nine years old. There, he ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Alpine skiing
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1990-11-27
    • Place Of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
  13. 13

    Roland Mark Schoeman is a South African swimmer and was a member of the South African swim team at the 2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Olympic Games, 2008 Olympic Games, and the 2012 Olympic Games.more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Swimming
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-07-03
    • Place Of Birth: Pretoria, South Africa, Gauteng, City of Tshwane, Africa, + more
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay, Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre freestyle, Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 50m freestyle, Men's 100m freestyle
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal, Silver medal
  14. 14
    Rudolph Lewis
    Photo: Freebase/Public domain

    Rudolph Ludewyk "Okey" Lewis was a South African road racing cyclist who won the gold medal in the road race at the 1912 Summer Olympics. Lewis was born on a farm near Pretoria and grew up in Germiston. He worked full-time underground at a gold mine, and in spare time trained in cycling, boxing and ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1888-07-19
    • Place Of Birth: Waterberg National Park, Namibia, Earth, Africa, Southern Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's individual time trial
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road Cycling, Individual Time Trial
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1912 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1912 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
  15. 15

    Ryan Cox was a South African professional road racing cyclist. He had been cycling since 1987 and turned professional in 2000. He first joined Amore e Vita but changed, the following year to Team Cologne which was based in Germany. He had been a member of Team Barloworld since 2003. Cox died at Kempton ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1979-04-09
    • Place Of Birth: Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, Africa, Southern Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
  16. 16

    Thuso Mpuang is a South African sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres. Mpuang represented South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He competed at the 4x100 metres relay together with Leigh Julius, Ishmael Kumbane and Hannes Dreyer. In their qualification heat they did not finish due to ...more

    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Date Of Birth: 1984-03-01
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
  17. 17
    more ABOUT
    • Olympic Sport: Track cycling
    • Olympic Country: South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
18 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >