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A list of famous Jewish track and field athletes. These 27 Jewish athletes are an inspiration to every Jew & athlete out there, whether you're a fan of Track and field or just a fan of great athleticism in general. Personally, I'm a fan of both, which is why I've been building this whole series of lists celebrating famous Jewish athletes.

Harold Abrahams Died at 79 (1899-1978) - Harold Maurice Abrahams, CBE, was a British track and field athlete. He was Olympic champion in 1924 in the 100 metres sprint, a feat depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire.

Sir Sidney Abrahams

Jo Ankier

Gerald Ashworth

Aleksandr Averbukh age 44 - Aleksandr Valeryevich Averbukh is a retired Israeli Olympic athlete who competed in the pole vault. He won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships, won a gold medal as the European ...more

Lillian Copeland Died at 60 (1904-1964) - Lillian Copeland was an American athlete, who excelled in weight throwing. She has been called "the most successful female discus thrower in U.S. history", and also held multiple ...more

Marty Glickman Died at 84 (1917-2001) - Martin "Marty" Glickman was a pioneering American radio announcer known particularly for his broadcasts of the New York Knicks basketball games and the football games of the New York ...more

Milton Green

Gary Gubner age 76 - Gary Jay Gubner was an American shotputter, weightlifter, and discus hurler. He is known for setting various shot put records, including a 53-foot throw with a 16-lb. ball when he was 16, and a ...more

Lilli Henoch Died at 43 (1899-1942) - Lilli Henoch was a German track and field athlete who set four world records and won 10 German national championships, in four different disciplines. Henoch set world records in the discus, the ...more

Maria Leontyavna Itkina age 86 - Maria Leontyavna Itkina is a former Soviet runner and world record holder.


Elias Katz Died at 46 (1901-1947) - Elias Katz was a Finnish track and field athlete, who competed mainly in the 3000 metres steeplechase. Born in Turku, Katz was Jewish. He competed for Finland in the 1924 Summer Olympics held in ...more

Abel Kiviat Died at 99 (1892-1991) - Abel Richard Kiviat was an American middle distance runner. He was the oldest living American Olympic medalist at the time of his death. He competed for and coached the Irish American Athletic ...more

Janet Kohan-Sedq Died at 27 (1945-1972) - Janet Cohansedgh is a former Iranian athlete who died at the height of her career. She was a national champion and holder of a number of records in the early and mid-1960s. A graduate of the ...more

Margaret Bergmann Lambert

Henry Laskau Died at 84 (1916-2000) - Helmut Laskau has been called the greatest racewalker in U.S. track and field history. Born in Berlin, Germany Laskau was a top distance runner in his native Germany before being forced to leave ...more

Faina Melnik

Lon Myers Died at 41 (1858-1899) - Laurence Eugene "Lon" Myers was an American sprinter and middle distance runner. Myers won 28 national championships. He also set world records at 11 different distances, and held ...more

Zhanna Pintusevich-Block age 46 - Zhanna Pintusevich-Block is a Ukrainian world champion sprinter who has competed in the Olympic Games.

Irina Press Died at 65 (1939-2004) - Irina Natanovna Press was a Soviet athlete.

Tamara Press age 81 - Tamara Natanovna Press is a Soviet former athlete. She was born on 10 May 1937 to Jewish parents in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She competed internationally for the Soviet Union in the 1960s as a shot ...more

Myer Prinstein Died at 47 (1878-1925) - Myer Prinstein was an American athlete and member of the Irish American Athletic Club. He held the world record for the long jump and won gold medals in three Olympic Games for the long jump and ...more

Gabriel Abraham Rojas

Fanny Rosenfeld

Irena Szewi?ska

Jadwiga Wajs Died at 78 (1912-1990) - Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz was a Polish athlete who mainly competed in the discus throw.