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Famous Athletes from Colombia

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List of famous athletes from Colombia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Colombia has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Colombian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Colombia and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Colombia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List below includes John Arlington González, Breyner Bonilla and more athletes.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Colombian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Colombia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Colombia in order to get more information about each one.
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Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Atlético de Madrid

Birthplace: Santa Marta, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Radamel Falcao García Zárate (Spanish pronunciation: [raðaˈmel falˈkao]; 10 February 1986) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both ...more

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Alfredo Di Stéfan... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Barracas, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Colombia, Argentina, Spain

Position: Forward

Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈfɾeðo ði esˈtefano]; 4 July 1926 – 7 July 2014) was an Argentine-Spanish professional footballer and ...more

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Cynthia Denzler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California

Nationality: Colombia

Cynthia Denzler is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Colombia.
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María Isabel Urru... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Candelaria, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró (born 25 March 1965) is a former weightlifter, athlete and politician from Colombia. She won the first ever gold medal for Colombia at the Summer Olympic
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Caterine Ibargüen ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Apartadó, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Caterine Ibargüen Mena ODB (born 12 February 1984) is a Colombian athlete competing in high jump, long jump and triple jump. Her notable achievements include a gold medal at the 2016 Summer ...more
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Ximena Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Ximena Restrepo Gaviria (born March 10, 1969 in Medellín) is a former Colombian sprinter who specialised in the 400 metres. With the time of 49.64 seconds she won a bronze medal in 400 ...more
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Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Santa Marta

Nationality: Colombia, Romania

Position: Midfielder

Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio (Colombian Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos alˈβeɾto βaldeˈrama paˈlasjo]; born 2 September 1961), also known as El Pibe ("The Kid"), is a Colombian former ...more

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#135 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #36 of 209 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #449 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Catalina Castaño ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Pereira, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Catalina Castaño Álvarez (American Spanish: [kataˈlina kasˈtaɲo ˈalβares]; born 7 July 1979) is a retired tennis player from Colombia. Her highest singles WTA ranking of 35 she ...more
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Johan Vonlanthen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Brescia Calcio

Birthplace: Santa Marta, Colombia

Nationality: Switzerland, Colombia

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Johan Vonlanthen Benavídez (born 1 February 1986 in Santa Marta, Colombia) is a former Swiss footballer who plays as a winger for Swiss Promotion League side Wil. His stepfather is a ...more

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#26 of 80 The Best Soccer Players from Switzerland #40 of 83 The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time

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Andres Arango is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Minnesota Thunder

Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

Nationality: Canada, Colombia

Position: Defender

Andres Arango (born April 23, 1983) is a Colombian-born Canadian former soccer player who played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, USL A-League, and the North American Soccer League.
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Mariana Duque Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Mariana Duque Mariño (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈɾjana ˈðuke maˈriɲo]; born 12 August 1989) is a Colombian tennis player. Her career-high singles ranking is world No. 66, achieved on ...more
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Jackeline Renterí... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Jackeline Rentería

Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Jackeline Rentería Castillo (born February 23, 1986 in Cali, Colombia) is a female wrestler from Colombia. She won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55 kg at the 2008 Summer ...more
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Faryd Mondragón ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
1. FC Köln

Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Position: Goalkeeper

Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí (born 21 June 1971) is a Colombian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Since his debut in 1993, he has played over 50 times for the Colombian ...more
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Carlos Navarro Montoya ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

Nationality: Argentina, Colombia

Position: Goalkeeper

Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya (born 26 February 1966) is an Argentinian-Colombian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During a professional career which spanned 25 years, he ...more
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Diego Salazar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Tuluá, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Diego Fernando Salazar Quintero (born 3 October 1980) is a Colombian weightlifter, Olympic medalist and two times gold medal winner at the Pan American Games. He was born in Tuluá, ...more
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Diego Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Diego Gutierrez

Birthplace: Bogotá

Nationality: Colombia, United States

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Bertha Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Bertha Sánchez

Birthplace: Betania, Colombia, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Bertha Oliva Sánchez Rivera (born November 4, 1978) is a female long-distance runner from Colombia, who won several medals on continental level from the mid-1990s on.
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Marcelo Vega is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Copiapó, Chile

Nationality: Colombia, Chile

Position: Midfielder

Marcelo Vega may refer to: Marcelo Vega (footballer, born 1971), Chilean footballer Marcelo Vega (footballer, born 1986), Argentine footballer
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Damían Sant&iacut... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Club Atlético Bella Vista

Birthplace: Cúcuta, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia, Uruguay

Sergio Damían Santín Francia (born 22 September 1980) is a Colombian-born Uruguayan footballer playing for Club Social y Deportivo Tristán Suárez in the Argentine ...more
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Karen Castiblanco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Karen Castiblanco

Birthplace: La Mesa, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Karen Emilia Castiblanco Duarte is a professional Colombian tennis player and member of the Colombia Fed Cup team. On 24 October 2011, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 411 whilst ...more
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Marisa Baena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Marisa Baena

Birthplace: Pereira, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Marisa Isabel Baena (born 1 June 1977) is a Colombian golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. Baena was born in Pereira, Colombia. She started playing golf at the age of six. She attended ...more
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Miguel Calero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Club de Futbol Pachuca

Birthplace: Ginebra, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Position: Goalkeeper

Miguel Ángel Calero Rodríguez (14 April 1971 – 4 December 2012) was a Colombian football goalkeeper, who played 50 times for the Colombia national team between 1995 and 2007.While ...more
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Antonio Pitalúa ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Montería, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia, Mexico

Antonio Pitalúa (born February 21, 1970 in Montería, Colombia) is a Colombian-Mexican boxer. His record is 48 wins (42 KO's) and 4 losses. He captured the vacant interim WBC ...more
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Helmut Bellingrodt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia

Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Helmut Bellingrodt (born 10 July 1949) is a Colombian Olympic sports shooter who won two Olympic silver medals. He participated in the 1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal, and 1984 Los Angeles Summer ...more
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Teófilo Guti&eacu... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Teófilo Gutiérrez Colombia national football team

Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Position: Forward

Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈofilo ɣuˈtjeres]; born 17 May 1985), known commonly as Teo, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as ...more