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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
Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or simply as Falcao, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United on loan ...more
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Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé was an Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was most associated with Real ...more
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Cynthia Denzler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Cynthia Denzler is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Colombia.
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María Isabel Urrutia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró is a former weightlifter, athlete and politician from Colombia.
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Caterine Ibargüen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Caterine Ibargüen Mena is a Colombian athlete competing in high jump, long jump and triple jump. Her notable medals include a gold medal in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, a ...more
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Ximena Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Ximena Restrepo Gaviria 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 metres at the 1992 Olympic Games, ...more
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Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio, also known as El Pibe is a Colombian former football player. His distinctive blond hair, coupled with his flamboyant technique on the ball, made him one of ...more
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Catalina Castaño is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Catalina Castaño Alvarez is a retired professional female Colombian tennis player who reached her career-high singles ranking: World No. 35. She was the highest ranked South American ...more
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Johan Vonlanthen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Brescia Calcio
Johan Vonlanthen Benavídez is a Swiss footballer who plays as a winger for Swiss Challenge League side FC Schaffhausen on loan from Grasshoppers. His stepfather is a Swiss national, ...more
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Andres Arango is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Minnesota Thunder
Andres Arango is a retired Colombian-born Canadian soccer player.
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Mariana Duque Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Mariana Duque Mariño is a Colombian tennis player, born in Bogotá. Her career high rank is No. 90, achieved on 28 October 2013, Her doubles tour rank at 8 July 2013 was a career ...more
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Jackeline Rentería is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Jackeline Rentería
Jaqueline Rentería Castillo is a female wrestler from Colombia. She won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics and repeated the feat at the women's ...more
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Faryd Mondragón is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
1. FC Köln
Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí is a retired Colombian footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for Deportivo Cali in the Colombian First Division. Since his debut in 1993, he has ...more
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Carlos Navarro Montoya is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya is a Colombian-born Argentine retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During a professional career which spanned 25 years, he represented teams in ...more
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Diego Salazar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Diego Fernando Salazar Quintero is a Colombian weightlifter, Olympic medalist and two times gold medal winner at the Pan American Games. He was born in Tuluá, Department of Valle del ...more
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Diego Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Diego Gutierrez
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Bertha Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Bertha Sánchez
Bertha Oliva Sánchez Rivera 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
Francisco Marcelo Vega Cepeda is a retired Chilean football midfielder. He was capped 30 times and scored 1 goal for the Chilean national team between 1991 and 1998. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup ...more
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Damían Santín is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Club Atlético Bella Vista
Sergio Damían Santín Francia is a Colombian-born Uruguayan footballer playing for Club Social y Deportivo Tristán Suárez in the Argentine Primera B Metropolitana. He ...more
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Karen Castiblanco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Karen Castiblanco
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
Marisa Isabel Baena 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 the University of ...more
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Miguel Calero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Club de Futbol Pachuca
Miguel Ángel Calero Rodríguez was a Colombian football goalkeeper, who played 50 times for the Colombia national team between 1995 and 2007. While playing in Colombia, Calero won ...more
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Antonio Pitalúa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Antonio Pitalúa is a Colombian-Mexican boxer. His record is 48 wins and 4 losses. He captured the vacant interim WBC lightweight belt when he ko'd fellow Mexican José Armando Santa ...more
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Helmut Bellingrodt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Helmut Bellingrodt is a Colombian sport shooter who won two Olympic silver medals. He participated in the 1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal, and 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. He was the ...more
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Teófilo Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Teófilo Gutiérrez Colombia national football team
Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio, known more commonly as Teo, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Argentine club River Plate.