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List of famous athletes from Kazakhstan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Kazakhstan 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 Kazakh athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Kazakhstan 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 Kazakhstan then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Kazakh athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Kazakhstan?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Kazakhstan in order to get more information about each one.

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Dimitrios Papadopoulos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Dinamo Zagreb Dimitris Papadopoulos is a Greek professional footballer who plays for PAOK FC and the Greek national team as a striker.

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Irina Mikitenko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Irina Mikitenko, née Volynskaya, is a Kazakhstan-born German long-distance runner who competes in marathons. She won the Berlin Marathon in 2008 and is a two-time winner of the London ...more

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Alexander Vinokourov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Alexander Nikolaevich Vinokourov, is a former professional road bicycle racer from Kazakhstan and current general manager of UCI ProTeam Astana. As a competitor, his achievements include two ...more

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Vladimir Niederhaus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Vladimir Viktorovich Niederhaus was a footballer who played international football for both Kazakhstan and Russia.

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Darya Rybalova is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Darya Rybalova is a freestyle skier.

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Nikolay Karpenko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Nikolay Karpenko is a Kazakhstani ski jumper who has been competing since 2005. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 12th in the team large hill at Turin in 2006 while ...more

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Nik Antropov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Winnipeg Jets Nikolai Alexandrovich Antropov is a Kazakhstani-Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League. He received Canadian ...more

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Grigoriy Yegorov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Grigoriy Aleksandrovich Yegorov is a former pole vault athlete from Kazakhstan.

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Olga Shishigina is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Olga Vasilyevna Shishigina is a retired Kazakhstani track and field athlete who mainly competed in the 100 metres hurdles. She won an Olympic gold medal in 2000, and many medals on the regional ...more

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Yaroslava Shvedova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Yaroslava Vyacheslavovna Shvedova is a Kazakh professional tennis player. She has achieved a career-high ranking of no. 25 as of 29 October 2012. She has won one WTA singles title, three ITF ...more

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Dmitriy Karpov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Dmitriy Vasilyevich Karpov is an athlete from Kazakhstan who competes in decathlon and heptathlon. He won the bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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Alla Vazhenina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Alla Vazhenina is a Russian weightlifter competing for Kazakhstan. She was born in Shadrinsk, Kurgan Oblast. When she was not selected for the Russian national team, she decided to compete for ...more

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Dimitri Kotschnew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Dimitrij Kotschnew is a German professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Kotschnew played six seasons for the Iserlohn Roosters ...more

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Yuliya Radionova is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Yuliya Radionova is a freestyle skier.

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Olga Rypakova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Olga Rypakova is a Kazakhstan track and field athlete of Russian descent. Originally a heptathlete, she switched to focus on the long jump and began to compete in the triple jump after 2007. Her ...more

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Evgeny Yarovenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Evgeny Yarovenko is a retired Soviet professional footballer from Kazakhstan. He is currently coach of FC Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka.

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Galina Voskoboeva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Galina Olegovna Voskoboeva is a professional Russian-born Kazakhstani tennis player. She reached her career-high singles rank of World No. 42 on 7 May 2012. Her career high in doubles is 26th, ...more

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Kairat Nurdauletov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Kairat Almaty Kairat Zhumabekuly Nurdauletov is a Kazakhstani footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for FC Kaisar in the Kazakhstan Premier League. Nurdauletov has made 24 appearances for the ...more

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Sergei Ostapenko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan national football team Sergei Sergeyevich Ostapenko is a Kazakh footballer, who plays for FC Astana.

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Marina Aitova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Marina Aitova, née Korzhova is a Kazakhstani high jumper. Her personal best jump is 1.99 metres, achieved in July 2009 in Athens.

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Juri Judt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
1. FC Nuremberg Juri Judt is a German footballer who currently plays for Rot-Weiß Erfurt.

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Peter Neustädter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Peter Neustädter is a former football defender from Soviet Union and Kazakhstan and current manager. Since 1992 he resides in Germany.

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Andrei Karpovich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Dynamo Moscow Andrei Vladimirovich Karpovich is a Kazakh footballer, who currently plays for FC Shakhter Karagandy.

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Sesil Karatantcheva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Sesil Radoslavova Karatantcheva is a Bulgarian tennis player. Karatantcheva has won seven singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 7 November 2005, she reached her best singles ranking ...more

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Ruslan Baltiev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Zhemchuzhina-A Sochi Ruslan Tahirovich Baltiev is a retired Kazakh football midfielder. He is a former Kazakh international who is the most capped player and the top goalscorer of all-time for.

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Vitaliy Savin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Vitaliy Savin Vitaliy Anatolyevich Savin is a former Soviet athlete from Kazakhstan, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1988 Summer Olympics. At the Seoul Olympics, Vitaliy Savin reached the ...more

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Ulyqbek Asanbayev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Aktobe Ulyqbek Asanbayev is a Kazakh footballer of Uzbek descent, currently playing for Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Ordabasy as a midfielder. He made his debut for Kazakhstan in 2006 in a ...more

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Samat Smakov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Aktobe Samat Smakov is a Kazakhstani football defender who currently playing for Kazakhstan Premier League club Irtysh Pavlodar.

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Vitali Kolesnik is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Vitali Nikolaevich Kolesnik is a Kazakhstani professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin is a Kazakh boxer who competed in the middleweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he won the silver medal. Currently undefeated as a professional, he ...more

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Ilya Fomitchev is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
TP-47 Ilya Vladimirovich Fomitchev is a Kazakhstani professional footballer who plays for FC Vostok.

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Irina Selyutina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Irina Selyutina Irina Gennadyevna Selyutina is a Kazakhstani tennis player. She is a former World No. 1 in junior doubles, winning French Open and Wimbledon in 1997 partnering with Cara Black. Black and ...more

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Dmitry Babenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Dmitry Babenko is a speed skater.  

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Gennadiy Chernovol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Gennadiy Sergeyevich Chernovol is a former Kazakhstani athlete who competed in the sprints events. He is married to a high jumper, Anna Chicherova.

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Andrey Kashechkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Andrey Kashechkin is a Kazakhstani road racing cyclist, who last rode for the UCI ProTour team Astana.

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Vassiliy Jirov is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Vassiliy "The Tiger" Jirov is a professional Kazakhstani boxer and former IBF cruiserweight champion, currently fighting out of Las Vegas under Thell Torrence. Jirov won the Olympic ...more

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Viktor Zubarev is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Viktor Zubarev Viktor Yegorovich Zubarev was a soccer forward from Kazakhstan.

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Oleg Litvinenko is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Oleg Litvinenko Oleg Litvinenko 23 November 1973 - 19 November 2007 was a Kazakh football forward from Taraz. He has scored 147 goals in Kazakhstan Premier League and he is the all-time top scorer of the ...more

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Savvas Kofidis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Savvas Kofidis is a Greek football coach and former midfielder player.

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Farkhadbek Irismetov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Ordabasy Farkhadbek Irismetov is a Kazakh football defender born on 10 August 1981. He plays for the club FC Kaisar.

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Nikita Khokhlov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
FC Aktobe Nikita Khokhlov is a Kazakh football midfielder born on 27 October 1983. He currently plays for FC Okzhetpes. He is the alumni of PFC CSKA Moscow academy. Previously played for FC Astana and FC ...more

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Svetlana Zalevskaya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Svetlana Zalevskaya Svetlana Zalevskaya is a retired female high jumper from Kazakhstan. Her personal best jump is 1.98 metres indoors on 2 March 1996 Samara. Her outdoor best is 1.97 metres, achieved in June 1996 ...more

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Vadim Sayutin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Vadim Aleksandrovich Sayutin is a former speed skater who represented the Soviet Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Kazakhstan, and Russia, in that order. Sayutin was born in ...more

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Nurbakyt Tengizbayev is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Nurbakyt Tengizbayev is a Kazakh wrestler who won the Bronze medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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Andrey Kivilev is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Andrei Kivilev was a professional road bicycle racer from Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan. In March 2003, he fell heavily during the Paris–Nice race and subsequently died of his injuries. His death was ...more

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Irina Saratovtseva is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Irina Saratovtseva Irina Saratovtseva is a Kazakhstani football goalkeeper currently playing for Zvezda Perm in the Russian women's football championship. She started her club career in 2002 in the Kazakhstani ...more

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Yelena Koshcheyeva is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Yelena Koshcheyeva Yelena Koshcheyeva is a Kazakhstani long jumper. Her most successful year was 2002, when she won a bronze medal at the Asian Games and a gold medal at the Asian Championships in Colombo. In 2004 ...more

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Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova is a Kazakhstani athlete who specializes in the 400 metres hurdles. Her personal best time is 54.50 seconds, achieved in May 2000 in Vila Real de Santo

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Yelena Parfyonova is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Yelena Parfyonova Yelena Parfyonova is a retired Kazakhstani triple jumper. Her personal best jump is 14.33 metres, achieved in June 2008 in Almaty. She won the gold medal at the 2000 Asian Championships, the ...more

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Yelena Pershina is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Kazakhstan
Yelena Pershina Yelena Pershina is a retired female long jumper from Kazakhstan. Her personal best jump was 6.91 metres, achieved in August 1992 in Alma Ata. She competed at the World Championships in 1997 and ...more