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Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia  

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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Australia, with photos when available. These are the best Australian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Australian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Australian Olympian is the best of them all?

You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Australia is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is. The list you're viewing is made up of different athletes like Hayden Stoeckel and Holly Crawford.

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Australia Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Australia. If you enjoyed this list, head on over and check out this list of best Olympic athletes from Austria.

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Tando Velaphi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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75 24
Neil Kilkenny is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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61 18
Libby Lenton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Libby Lenton Women's 4x200m freestyle relay, Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 100m freestyle

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169 92
Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Ian Thorpe Men's 100m freestyle, Men's 200m Freestyle, Men's 400m freestyle

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91 45
Ruben Zadkovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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64 27
Betty Cuthbert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Betty Cuthbert Women's Athletics, 200m, Women's Athletics

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61 27
Murray Rose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Murray Rose Men's 400m freestyle, Men's 1500m freestyle

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51 20
David Carney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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62 30
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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57 28
Sally McLellan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Sally McLellan Women's Athletics, 100m hurdles

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41 16
Kristian Sarkies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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55 28
Jade North is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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45 21
Adrian Leijer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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52 27
Nikita Rukavytsya is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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26 6
Brenton Rickard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Brenton Rickard Men's 200m breaststroke, Men's 4x100m medley relay

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23 6
Hayden Stoeckel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Hayden Stoeckel Men's 100m backstroke, Men's 4x100m medley relay

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23 8
Mark Woodforde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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64 45
James Troisi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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125 99
Cathy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Cathy Freeman Women's Athletics, 400m

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15 2
Holly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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45 29
Mark Bridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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22 9
Matthew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Matthew Ryan Eventing^! individual

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73 55
Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Leisel Jones Women's 100m breaststroke, Women's 200m breaststroke

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54 38
Matthew Špiranović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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17 6
Andrew Lauterstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Andrew Lauterstein Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 4x100m medley relay

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30 19
Billy Celeski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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39 29
Tatiana Grigorieva is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Tatiana Grigorieva Women's Pole vault

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46 36
Archie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Mark Milligan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Travis Brooks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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16 8
Andrew Hoy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Andrew Hoy Eventing, individual

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17 9
Todd Woodbridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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55 46
Adam Federici is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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19 11
Bobby Pearce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Bobby Pearce Men's Single sculls

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10 3
Melissa Wu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Melissa Wu Women's synchronized 10 metre platform

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82 75
Anna Meares is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Anna Meares Women's Track cycling, sprint, Women'sTrack Cycling

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26 20
Michael Klim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Michael Klim Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 4x200m freestyle relay

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25 19
Matthew Mitcham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Matthew Mitcham Men's 10 metre platform

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29 24
Stuart Musialik is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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8 3
Jeremy Rolleston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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12 9
Kerri Pottharst is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Kerri Pottharst Women's Beach Volleyball

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10 7
Boy Charlton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Boy Charlton Men's 400m freestyle, Men's 1500m freestyle

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27 26
Shirley Strickland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Shirley Strickland Women's Athletics, 100m, Women's Athletics

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10 8
Lorraine Crapp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Lorraine Crapp Women's 400m freestyle, Women's 100m freestyle

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8 6
Edwin Flack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Edwin Flack Men's Tennis, doubles, Men's Athletics

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8 6
Brooke Hanson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Brooke Hanson Women's 100m breaststroke

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7 5
Nicole Bradtke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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19 18
Alisa Camplin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Alisa Camplin Women's Aerials

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23 23
Cadel Evans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Cadel Evans Men's Mountain Biking, Cross-Country

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19 19
Natalie Cook is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Natalie Cook Women's Beach Volleyball