Sports Famous Jews In Track and Field

Famous Jews
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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.

Dec. 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

age 45
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

Dec. 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

Dec. 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

age 77
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 Dec. 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 87
Maria Leontyavna Itkina is a former Soviet runner and world record holder.


Dec. 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

Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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

age 47
Zhanna Pintusevich-Block is a Ukrainian world champion sprinter who has competed in the Olympic Games.

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

age 82
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

Dec. 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