Having seen the greatest athletes in the history of Spain, Germany, and France, it is the turn of another of the relevant countries of Europe. The United Kingdom competes in the grand championships unifying the states of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; let us see then which have been the top 5 athletes in the history of the United Kingdom.
- Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards was a British athlete born in 1966 in Windsor. Triple jump specialist is the greatest in the history of this discipline, and throughout his career, he managed to win one gold and one silver in the Olympic Games, 2 Gold, two silver and two bronze in the World Cup and two gold and one bronze in Europe.
Jonathan Edwards is considered to be the greatest triplets in history. Your physical longline and little muscular and his appearance of a man, shy and discrete, diverge from the traditional image of the jumper’s explosives that used to dominate this specialty in the previous years (Willie Banks, Mike Conley, etc.). Faced with the traditional style in which very long first and second jumps were sought, Jonathan sought to make those jumps faster even if they were shorter, in order not to detract from the impulse for the third, in which he displayed all his power.
- Mohamed Farah
Mohamed Farah (born 1983 in Mogadishu, Somalia) is a British athlete. Specialist in mid-distance testing competes mainly in 5,000, and 10,000 meters having won a total of 2 gold in the Olympic Games, three gold and one silver in the World Cup and three gold and one silver in Europe.
He has won four Olympic titles, with a double of 5,000 meters / 10,000 meters at the 2012 Games in London and 2016 in Rio, six World champion titles, five European champion titles, and two European Indoor champion titles.
- Daley Thompson
Daley Thompson was a British athlete born in 1958 in London. A specialist in the decathlon and to a lesser extent speed, he managed to win a total of 2 gold in the Olympic Games, one gold in the World Cup and 2 Gold, one silver and one bronze in Europe.
After his retirement, he has dedicated himself to various activities, such as being president of football teams (one of his great passions) or presenting television programs.
Daley Thompson is considered one of the best athletes of all time. Next, to Carl Lewis, Sebastian Coe or Sergey Bubka, was one of the faces charismatics who contributed to the resurgence of athletics in the 80s. Especially he transformed the decathlon since it used to be an event that passed almost unnoticed in the athletic competitions, and that thanks to him attracted the interest of the fans and the media.
- Sebastian Coe
Sebastian Coe was a British athlete born 1956 in Hammersmith. A mid-distance specialist, he competed in races such as the 800 and 1,500 meters, winning two golds and two plates in the Olympic Games, as well as 1 Gold, two plates and one bronze in Europe.
Sebastian Coe began a political career in his country, linked to the Conservative Party (the tories). He was elected a member of the British Parliament in 1992 and held his seat until 1997 when he lost it in the elections.
In recent years he has worked for London’s candidacy to host the 2012 Olympic Games. In May 2004, he was elected head of the British readiness and was considered the chief architect of the fact that on 6 July 2005 London was finally the chosen city, defeating the favorite Paris. After this success, he was elected to chair the Organizing Committee. August 19, 2015, Sebastian Coe was elected as president of the IAAF in Beijing, to some of the international meeting held in that city. In that vote, he defeated the Ukrainian ex-athlete, Sergei Bubka, by 115 to 92 votes.
- Linford Christie
Linford Christie was a British athlete, born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, in 1960. He was a Speed Test specialist competing in 100 and 200 meters basically; throughout his career, he managed to beat one gold and two plates in the Olympic Games, 1 Gold, three plates and two bronzes in the World Cup and six gold, one silver and three bronzes in Europe.
At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Christie won the silver medal behind Carl Lewis, (in the same race Ben Johnson was disqualified for doping).
In 1992 he won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the European Championship and the British community of Nations Championship. From 1994 his career began to decline. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, he was disqualified by two null exits, and in 1999 he was found guilty of using prohibited substances, thereby ending his sports career.