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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.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best Australian Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from Australia?"

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.

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

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

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Ruben Zadkovich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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David Carney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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^! 400m, Women's Athletics^! 100m

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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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Libby Lenton is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Adrian Leijer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Kristian Sarkies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Nikita Rukavytsya is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Jade North is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Mark Bridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Sally McLellan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Sally McLellan Women's Athletics, 100m hurdles

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James Troisi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Cathy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Cathy Freeman Women's Athletics, 400m

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Adam Federici is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Matthew Špiranović is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Brenton Rickard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Brenton Rickard Men's 200m breaststroke, Men's 4x100m medley relay

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Billy Celeski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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

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Archie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Hayden Stoeckel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Hayden Stoeckel Men's 100m backstroke, Men's 4x100m medley relay

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Andrew Hoy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Andrew Hoy Eventing^! individual

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Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Leisel Jones Women's 100m breaststroke, Women's 200m breaststroke

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Anna Meares is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Anna Meares Women's Track cycling^! sprint, Women'sTrack Cycling^! Time Trial

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Mark Woodforde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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

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

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Bobby Pearce is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Bobby Pearce Men's Single sculls

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Boy Charlton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Boy Charlton Men's 400m freestyle, Men's 1500m freestyle

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Andrew Lauterstein is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Holly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Tatiana Grigorieva is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Tatiana Grigorieva Women's Pole vault

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Todd Woodbridge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Edwin Flack is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Edwin Flack Men's Tennis^! doubles, Men's Athletics^! 1500m, Men's Athletics^! 800m

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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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Michael Klim is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Travis Brooks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Jeremy Rolleston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia

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Kerri Pottharst is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Kerri Pottharst Women's Beach Volleyball

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Frank Beaurepaire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Frank Beaurepaire Men's 1500m freestyle, Men's 400m freestyle

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Stan Rowley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Stan Rowley Men's Athletics^! 100m, Men's Athletics^! 200m, Men's Athletics^! 60m

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Cadel Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Cadel Evans Men's Mountain Biking, Cross-Country

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Mervyn Wood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Mervyn Wood Men's Single sculls

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Kieren Perkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Kieren Perkins Men's 1500m freestyle, Men's 400m freestyle

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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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Lorraine Crapp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Lorraine Crapp Women's 400m freestyle, Women's 100m freestyle

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Shirley Strickland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Shirley Strickland Women's Athletics, 100m, Women's Athletics