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Greatest British Athletes of All Time


It is important to note that sports play an important role in British culture. Popular team sports include; football, field hockey, cricket, rugby union, rugby league, and netball. The major individual sports include badminton, athletics, tennis, boxing, golf, cycling, motorsport, and horseracing.

1. Chris Hoy-racing driver

Sir Christopher Andrew Hoy is a British racing driver and a former track cyclist from Scotland, he was born on 23rd March 1976. He represented Great Britain at the Olympic and World Championships and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

He is an eleven-time world champion and six -times an Olympic champion. He is the second-most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time with a total of seven Olympic medals, six gold and one silver. 

2. Mo Farah-Long-distance runner

Sir Mohammed Muktar Jama Farah also known as Mo Farah is a British long-distance runner and the most successful British track athlete in the modern Olympic Games history, due to his 10 global championship gold medals. He was born on 23rd March 1983, in Mogadishu Somali, and later on, he moved to London as a child and ran for Newham and Essex Beagles Athletic club, training at the St Mary’s College, Twickenham from 2001 to 2011.

3. Andy Murray-Tennis player

Sir Andrew Barron Murray is a British professional tennis player from Scotland, who was born on 15th May 1987. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)  ranked him as world no.1. He has won three Grand Slam singles titles, two at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016′. He has also won 46 ATP singles titles which include the 14 ATP Masters 1000 events.

He is an all-court player who excels in particular at defense, returning services, and constructing points.

4. Steve Redgrave-Rower

Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave is a British retired rower, he was born on 23rd March 1962. He has won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic games from 1984 to 2000 and also three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine  World Rowing Championship gold. He is considered the most successful male rower in Olympic history.

He is viewed as one of Britain’s greatest-ever Olympians. According to 2016, he was the fourth-most decorated British Olympian.

5. Paula Radcliffe-long-distance runner

Paula Jane Radcliffe is a former British long-distance runner. She is a three-time winner of the London Marathon, a three-time New York Marathon champion, and a 2002 Chicago Marathon winner. She was the former fastest female marathoner of all time and held the women’s world marathon record with a time of 2:15:25, which was later broken by Brigid Kosgei in 2019.

 She is a former world champion in the marathon, half marathon, and cross country, and has also been a European champion in over 10,000 meters.

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