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Roger Bannister

1929-  English former middle-distance athlete y physician - First to run sub-4-minute mile in 1954 at Iffley Road Track at Oxford, while practising as a junior doctor - Went on to become a distinguished neurologist

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Chris Evert

1954- American female tennis pro from FL - Won 18 Grand Slams between 1974-1986 - Played in 34 Grand Slam singles finals (record for men y women) -  Highest career winning percentage of all time (90%) in singles matches

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Sebastian Coe

1956- British runner - Won gold in 1500m in 1980 y 84 - Held 800m world record from 1981-97 - Became MP after retiring

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Florence Griffith Joyner

1959-1998 American track athlete from Los Angeles- Fastest woman of all time: 100m y 200m records from 1988 still stand - 3 gold medals, 2 silvers - Retired after 1988 Olympic wins - Died from seizure at age 38

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

1962- American track and field athlete - Among all time greatest in long jump y heptathlon - 3 golds (1988, 92), 1 silver, 1 bronze - SI named her the greatest female athlete of 20th century - Overcame severe asthma

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(Mildred Ella) Babe Didrikson Zaharias

1911-1956 American athlete from TX - Pro golfer 1947-56; won US Women's Open 3 times - 2 gold medals (1932 hurdles y javelin), 1 silver (1932 high jump) - Golf Hall of Fame inductee

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Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)

1940- Brazilian soccer forward - Widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time - Most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games - Played for Brazilian club Santos FC (1956-74) - Won 3 World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970)

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Diego Maradona

1960- Argentine soccer attacking midfielder - Regarded by many as the greatest player of all time - Played for Argentina Juniors (1976-81); Barcelona (1982-84); Napoli (1984-91) - Led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup with the “Hand of God” goal - Currently coach of UAE team Al-Fujairah SC

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Rafer Johnson

1935- American decathlete y actor from TX - Won gold medal in decathalon (1960), y silver (1954) - First African-American flagbearer for US olympic team (1960) - Tackled Sirhan Sirhan moments after he had fatally shot Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 - Later acted in movies featuring Elvis, Tarzan, y James Bond

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Joe Louis

1914-1981 American boxer from AL - Nicknamed the "Brown Bomber" - World heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 - 66 wins, 3 losses in career - Two famous bouts against German boxer Max Schmelling in 1936 (L) y 1938 (W) - Voluntarily enlisted in the Army in 1942 - Often ranked the best heavyweight of all time

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Marit Bjørgen

1980- Norwegian cross-country skier from Trondheim - Most Winter Olympic medals in history (14) - Most successful sprinter in Cross-Country World Cup history - Won 3 golds in 2010 Olympics; 3 golds in 2014; y 1 gold in 2018

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