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Popular South Africa Olympic Athletes

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List of popular South African Olympic athletes, listed alphabetically with photos of the athletes when available. Famous Olympians from South Africa have achieved some of the highest honors in sports and Olympic history, as even being chosen to represent your country at the Olympics is something that most athletes will never get to experience. These competitors are the most prominent people from South Africa who have competed in the Olympics. South Africa has a long, proud history of competing in the Olympic games, and without these fierce athletes they never would have won any medals. List athletes include James R. Walker, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous South African Olympic athletes?" and "Who is the greatest South African Olympian of all time?"

Alfred James Swift (25 June 1931 – 13 April 2009) was a South African Olympic athlete and cyclist. Swift was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on 25 June 1931. He was awarded provincial colours for Natal (Kwazulu Natal) and then later for Transvaal (Gauteng). He was awarded his springbok colours in 1952 and competed at two Olympic games, 1952 in Helsinki and 1956 in Melbourne. He also captained the South African Team to the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He won a silver (4,000m Team Pursuit Men 1952) and bronze medal (1,000m Time Trial Men 1956) at the games. He went to two British Empire & Commonwealth Games, 1954 in Vancouver, Canada, and 1958 in Cardiff, Wales. He won gold (Time ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Sport: Track cycling

Olympic Country: South Africa

Date Of Birth: 1931-06-25

Place Of Birth: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Africa, Southern Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's 1000m Time Trial

Olympic Medalist Event: Track Cycling, Men's 1000m Time Trial

Olympic Medalist Games: 1956 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1956 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd (5 October 1894 – 2 February 1948) was a South African athlete, the 1920 Olympic Champion in the 400 m. Rudd was born in Kimberley. He was the son of Henry Percy Rudd and Mable Mina Blyth; paternal grandson of Charles Rudd, who co-founded the De Beers diamond mining company, and Frances Chiappini and maternal grandson of Captain Matthew Smith Blyth CMG, chief magistrate of the Transkei, and Elizabeth Cornelia Philpott. During his schooling at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown (Upper House) he excelled both as a student and as an athlete, and he was granted a scholarship for Oxford University. Rudd served in the First World War, and was awarded a Military Cross for ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics

Olympic Country: South Africa

Date Of Birth: 1894-10-05

Place Of Birth: Kimberley, Northern Cape, Northern Cape, South Africa, Africa, + more

Nationality: South Africa

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metres, Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's 800 metres

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Athletics, 400m, Men's Athletics, 800m

Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal

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Charles Lyndhurst Winslow (1 August 1888 – 15 September 1963) was a three-time Olympic tennis medalist from South Africa. He won two Gold medals: Men's Singles and Doubles at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. Eight years later, in Antwerp, Winslow won a Bronze medal in the Men's Singles event.Winslow's father Lyndhurst Winslow played first-class cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club, scoring a century on debut against Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, while Winslow's son Paul played Test cricket for South Africa.Winslow had a home at 157 Beacon Street in Boston that was sold to the family of Henry Weston Farnsworth in 1910. ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Sport: Tennis

Olympic Country: South Africa

Date Of Birth: 1888-08-01

Place Of Birth: Queenstown, South Africa, Eastern Cape, Africa, Southern Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Tennis at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's Outdoor Singles, Tennis at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Tennis, singles

Olympic Medalist Games: 1912 Summer Olympics, 1920 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal

Clarence Leonard Walker was a South African bantamweight professional boxer who competed in the early 1920s. He won the gold medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics, defeating Chris Graham in the final. He was born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, and died in Roodepoort, Gauteng. ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics

Olympic Country: South Africa

Date Of Birth: 1898-12-13

Nationality: South Africa

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Bantamweight

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Boxing, Bantamweight 50.8-53.5kg

Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal