Athletics in History

Events in Sport

  • 1653-12-01 An athlete from Croydon is reported to have run 20 miles from St Albans to London in less than 90 minutes
  • 1880-04-24 Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England
  • 1912-04-01 Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras breaks the world record -in standing long jump jumping 3.47 metres.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912-07-07 American athlete Jim Thorpe wins 4 of 5 events to win the Pentathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1912-07-15 American athlete Jim Thorpe is placed in top 4 in all 10 events, for an Olympic record 8,413 points to win the Decathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982
  • 1914-01-28 1st Millrose Games (athletics) held (NYC)
  • 1922-08-20 1st world championship athletics for women, held in Paris
  • 1930-05-20 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention & cure of athlete's foot
  • 1931-04-28 Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932-02-15 US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1935-05-25 Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1951-01-03 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950)
  • 1957-06-05 NY narcotics investigator, Dr Herbert Berger, urges AMA to investigate use of stimulating drugs by athletes
  • 1961-12-18 For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-10-03 Billie Jean King became 1st female athlete to win $100,000

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1972-06-24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • 1972-09-04 US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
  • 1972-09-05 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • 1973-10-20 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century
  • 1975-07-18 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • 1977-01-11 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • 1977-01-12 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
  • 1982-07-07 English athlete David Moorcroft beats Kenyan Henry Rono's 5000m world record by nearly 5 seconds, 13:00.41 in Oslo, Norway
  • 1983-01-18 IOC presents American athlete Jim Thorpe's children with commemorative gold medals for reinstated 1912 Pentathlon & Decathlon victories
  • 1986-07-07 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow
  • 1986-08-02 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • 1987-08-29 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins
  • 1988-01-15 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-12-29 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1992-08-01 British athlete Linford Christie (32) becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic 100m gold medal edging Frankie Fredericks in Barcelona
  • 1992-08-01 American sprinter Gail Devers wins an incredibly close blanket finish in the women's 100m at the Barcelona Olympics, with 5 athletes within 0.06 seconds of Devers (10.82)
  • 1992-08-02 American Jacki Joyner-Kersee becomes first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the gruelling heptathlon with a 199 point win over Irina Belova (Soviet Union) at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1995-04-08 148th Grand National: Jason Titley aboard Royal Athlete wins
  • 1996-08-01 French sprinter Marie-José Pérec wins the 200m final at the Atlanta Olympics to become only the 2nd athlete to win the 200-400m Olympic double (Valerie Brisco-Hooks 1984)
  • 1996-08-01 American athlete Michael Johnson wins 200m at the Atlanta Olympics in a world record 19.32 seconds to become the first man to complete the 200m-400m double
  • 2012-06-24 Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time
  • 2014-09-11 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)
  • 2015-11-09 World Anti-Doping Agency commission report recommends Russian Federation be banned from athletics competitions for running a "state-supported" doping programme

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-08-12 American swimmer Katie Ledecky's medal tally of 4 golds, 1 silver make her the most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics, highest female of Rio games and 1st swimmer to win 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at same Olympics since 1968

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 1843-02-12 John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
  • 1862-08-16 Amos Alonzo Stagg, American athlete and American football pioneer, born in West Orange, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1870-09-07 Thomas Curtis, American athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1871-09-24 Lottie Dod, British all-round athlete (5-time Wimbledon singles champion), born in Bebington, England (d. 1960)
  • 1872-10-24 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (d. 1957)
  • 1873-01-10 George Orton, Canadian athlete (d. 1958)
  • 1873-02-04 Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)

Person of interestTeddy Flack

1873-11-05 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1874-11-15 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (d. 1941)
  • 1876-03-21 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • 1878-03-22 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (d. 1919)
  • 1878-08-31 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1878-10-16 Maxey Long, American athlete (d. 1959)
  • 1880-07-24 Kristian Hellström, Swedish athlete, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1946)
  • 1880-09-14 Archie Hahn, American athlete (d. 1955)
  • 1881-09-08 Harry Hillman, American athlete (d. 1945)
  • 1881-10-28 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (d. 1969)
  • 1883-10-26 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1884-02-08 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), born in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1953)

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1884-02-15 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1961)

  • 1884-06-22 James Rector, American athlete (d. 1949)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

1887-05-28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1889-03-16 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (d. 1951)
  • 1889-03-24 Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
  • 1889-06-21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • 1889-09-20 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • 1893-01-20 Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (d. 1946)
  • 1893-04-18 Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1894-10-05 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (d. 1948)
  • 1895-02-15 Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
  • 1898-10-15 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (d. 1951)
  • 1900-05-24 Lionel Conacher, Canadian athlete and politician (d. 1954)
  • 1900-08-11 Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
  • 1900-10-09 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), born in Cavaellon, Haiti (d. 1928)
  • 1903-04-17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1904-05-27 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (d. 1997)
  • 1905-06-12 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1905-12-01 Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (d. 1994)
  • 1906-05-19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1907-05-09 Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
  • 1907-10-09 Klaes Karppinen, Finnish athlete, 4 X 10K relay (Olympic gold 1936), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1992)
  • 1908-05-19 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)
  • 1908-09-29 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • 1909-10-24 Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
  • 1910-05-30 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete (d. 1978)
  • 1910-07-01 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), born in Derma, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1911-06-26 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1912-08-29 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, born in Sinuiju, North Korea (d. 2002)
  • 1915-02-21 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 1995)
  • 1915-03-08 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1915-05-01 Archie Williams, American athlete (400m gold medal 1936 Olympics), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1915-07-05 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1916-05-20 Trebisonda Valla, Italian athlete (d. 2006)
  • 1917-07-17 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player/manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)
  • 1918-02-25 Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)
  • 1918-04-26 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track and field athlete (Olympic gold-1948), born in Lage Vuursche, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1919-06-10 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (d. 2006)
  • 1920-06-22 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator
  • 1921-02-24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992)
  • 1921-06-03 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1923-11-06 Aleksandra Chudina, Soviet athlete, track jumper (Olympic-2 silver-1952), born in Kurkinsky District, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1923-11-09 Alice Coachman, American athlete high jumper (Olympic gold 1948), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • 1924-10-11 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, born in Bay City, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1924-12-26 Frank Broyles, American athlete, long time athletic director of the University of Arkansas.
  • 1925-06-28 Anne Mackenzie, South African long distance athlete
  • 1926-12-13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete
  • 1927-12-29 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)
  • 1928-07-23 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1928-11-20 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)

Person of interestRoger Bannister

1929-03-23 Roger Bannister, English middle-distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track, Oxford (1954), born in Harrow, England (d. 2018)

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 1930-03-10 Sandor Iharos, athlete
  • 1930-05-04 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • 1931-01-31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)
  • 1931-06-03 Lindy Remigino, American track and field athlete (1952 Olympic gold 100m), born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1932-04-10 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mays Landing, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1933-12-02 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1933-12-19 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1934-02-16 Marlene Bauer Hagge, Eureka SD, LPGA golfer (1950 Woman Athlete)
  • 1934-09-12 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold 1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • 1937-03-22 Armin Hary, German athlete
  • 1938-04-20 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), born in Merrylands, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1939-05-13 Hildrun Claus, German athlete
  • 1939-05-15 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • 1939-05-19 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • 1941-05-22 Martha Langbein, German athlete
  • 1942-05-14 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1942-11-27 Henry Carr, American athlete (200m/4x400m Olympic golds 1964), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1943-05-10 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres) (d. 2008)
  • 1944-06-03 Eddy Ottoz, Italian athlete
  • 1944-06-21 Frans Luitjes, Dutch athlete
  • 1944-08-13 Divina Galica, British athlete and racing driver
  • 1945-06-05 John Carlos, American athlete
  • 1946-09-10 James R Hines, American athlete, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1947-06-12 Ron Freeman, American athlete, 4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1947-10-08 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete
  • 1947-11-06 Larry James, American track athlete, 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mount Pleasant, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1947-12-27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • 1949-03-18 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • 1949-03-28 Ronnie Ray Smith, American athlete, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1953-04-10 David Moorcroft, British athlete (5,000m world record holder 1982-85) born in Coventry, England

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1913-10-14 Athlete Jim Thorpe (25) weds Margaret Iva Miller at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1945-06-02 Athlete Jim Thorpe (57) weds Patricia Askew
  • 2006-03-31 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-02-24 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2016-05-01 Paralympic athlete Aimee Mullins (39) weds "Homeland" star Rupert Friend (34) in a magical hobbit-y compost shed

Divorces in Sport

  • 2015-03-23 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1905-10-29 Etienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1915-03-31 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish athlete (b. 1882)
  • 1933-06-02 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), dies at 54

Person of interestTeddy Flack

1935-01-10 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, dies at 61

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1944-04-26 Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • 1945-08-09 Harry Hillman, American athlete (b. 1881)
  • 1946-01-09 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • 1948-02-02 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • 1949-03-10 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)
  • 1949-12-28 Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 39
  • 1952-07-21 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51

Person of interestJim Thorpe

1953-03-28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1953-12-02 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • 1954-05-26 Lionel Conacher ["The Big Train"], Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1955-01-21 Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • 1956-09-27 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), dies of colon cancer at 45
  • 1957-11-09 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (b. 1872)
  • 1958-01-08 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), dies at 74
  • 1958-06-26 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1959-03-04 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • 1959-10-18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • 1960-06-27 Lottie Dod, British all-round athlete (5-time Wimbledon singles champion), dies at 88

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1961-01-24 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • 1965-10-27 French Luitjes, Dutch athlete, dies at 21
  • 1966-01-14 Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)
  • 1966-09-05 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • 1968-04-25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • 1969-01-01 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • 1969-01-08 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1969-06-23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (b. 1907)
  • 1970-12-26 Lillian Board, British athlete (b. 1948)
  • 1972-07-21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 83
  • 1975-02-16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), dies at 71
  • 1975-03-06 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), dies at 64
  • 1975-10-21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (b. 1887)
  • 1978-01-14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • 1979-01-22 Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • 1979-09-25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • 1982-11-29 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (b. 1908)
  • 1985-06-15 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • 1988-07-08 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • 1989-01-29 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1991-02-13 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • 1992-05-06 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1921)
  • 1993-01-16 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (b. 1960)
  • 1993-06-24 Archie Williams, American athlete (400m gold medal 1936 Olympics), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1994-08-29 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator, dies at 74
  • 1994-12-10 Alexander Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
  • 1995-02-04 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • 1995-09-18 Oleg Tverdokhleb, Ukrainian athlete (b. 1969)
  • 1996-01-24 Sandor Iharos, athlete, dies at 65
  • 1996-04-04 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • 1997-07-23 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
  • 1997-11-11 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
  • 1998-08-17 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • 1998-08-17 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • 1998-09-21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete (b. 1959)
  • 2000-01-27 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 67
  • 2000-11-22 Emil Zátopek, Czech athlete (b. 1922)
  • 2001-08-15 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • 2001-10-18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002-09-18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (b. 1942)
  • 2003-01-26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • 2003-02-28 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2003-04-22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • 2003-04-25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • 2003-06-28 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • 2003-11-15 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 93
  • 2004-01-06 Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  • 2004-01-20 Guinn Smith, American athlete (1948 Olympic gold medalist), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2004-01-25 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track and field athlete (Olympic gold-1948), dies at 85
  • 2004-02-11 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • 2005-01-25 Nettie Witziers-Timmer, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • 2005-02-12 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • 2005-03-30 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • 2006-05-03 Earl Woods, Athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)
  • 2006-05-26 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • 2006-10-06 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)
  • 2007-01-21 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • 2007-01-27 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • 2007-01-28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • 2007-02-06 Willye White, American athlete (b. 1939)
  • 2007-10-30 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 92
  • 2008-06-16 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • 2008-09-28 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)
  • 2008-12-08 Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete, dies at 41
  • 2010-08-18 Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b.1931)
  • 2015-05-29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • 2015-11-18 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, dies at 91
  • 2016-02-08 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • 2016-08-02 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • 2017-08-06 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79
  • 2017-12-06 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), dies of complications from dementia at 89

Person of interestRoger Bannister

2018-03-03 Roger Bannister, English middle-distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track, Oxford (1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 2018-07-11 Lindy Remigino, American track and field athlete (1952 Olympic gold 100m), dies at 87