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List of Famous Runners

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List of famous runners, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top runners in the world? This includes the most prominent runners, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable runners is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic runners were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned runners.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Frank Shorter and Fernanda Ribeiro.

From reputable, prominent, and well known runners to the lesser known runners of today, these are some of the best professionals in the runner field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous runners ever?" and "What are the names of famous runners?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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  • Usain Bolt
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    Usain St Leo Bolt (; born 21 August 1986) is a retired Jamaican sprinter. He is a world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay. Owing to his achievements and dominance in sprint competition, he is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt won the 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games, although he lost the 2008 relay gold medal in 2017 due to a teammate's doping disqualification. He gained worldwide fame for his double sprint victory in world record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which made him the first person to hold both records since fully automatic time became... more on Wikipedia

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  • Matthew Wells is a British Olympic rower. Wells was born in Bradford and grew up in Hexham, where he learnt to row at Queen Elizabeth High School In 1996 he won the single sculls at the Coupe de la Jeunesse, and won gold in the double sculls at the World Junior Championships in 1997. He took bronze at the World U23 Championships in 1999, after missing out on competition for a year due to injury. In 2000, he took gold in the single at the World U23 championships, then represented Great Britain at the 2000 Olympic Games, finishing in ninth. In 2003, Wells came fifth in the World Championships in Milan in the men's double with Ian Lawson. In 2004, he competed at Olympic Games with Matthew... more on Wikipedia
  • Carlos Cordero

    Carlos Cordero Gomez is a Mexican athlete. He participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics finishing 32nd in the men's Marathon. and he also represented Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 1500 metres at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games... more on Wikipedia
  • Genzeb Shumi Regasa is an Ethiopian-born middle distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. She won the 1500 metres gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2011 and the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in 2012. Her personal bests are 2:01.18 minutes for the 800 metres and 4:05.16 minutes for the 1500 m.... more on Wikipedia