The history of the sports is filled with heroes who have shown great sportsmanship worldwide. From baseball to boxing, black people have always dominated the sports in international events. Following is a list of the top 10 black athletes who have shown why they are best in their profession.
1. Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is known as the greatest boxer of all time. He was the first black fighter who lifted the title of world heavyweight champion in three different competitions. He also was able to defend his title 19 times. Apart from mastering his boxing skills, he always showed good sportsmanship in the ring. Therefore, whenever someone writes names of the top 10 black athletes of all time, he/she will defiantly consider Muhammad Ali the priority.
2. Michael Jordan
Another most successful black athlete in history is Michael Jordan. He is also regarded as one of the most successful National Basketball Association players. Talking about his achievements, he won 6 titles while representing the Chicago Bulls. His total wealth is more than $1.8 billion, and he also received the prestigious award of the presidential medal of freedom.
3. Serena Williams
Serena Williams will always be regarded as one of the most iconic tennis players in history. In her achievements, she has won 23 doubles and 73 singles titles. She has also won gold medals for her country, including 3 in womens doubles and one in womens singles. She has also conquered the Australian Open seven times. Apart from all these achievements, Serena Williams has also been twenty-three times Grand Slam champion. Her journey to conquer the court is still on its way as she has not hinted anything towards retirement yet.
4. Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt is a Jamaican athlete who has won the gold medal for his country multiple times in the Olympics. Being a black athlete, some of his life incidents are about racism problem. However, he never cared about this issue and continued to make his nation proud. With eight gold medals to his name, Jamaican Usain Bolt is the most successful sprinter in the world so far. He is also the first man ever who won both the 100- and 200-meter races. He still holds the records for fastest 100, 150, 200, and 300 meters.
5. Simone Biles
Simone Biles is an American gymnast who has won 7 Olympic medals for her nation, including one silver and one bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Born in Texas, Simones interest developed in gymnastics when she was only six years old. Ever since then, she is improving her gymnast skills in every single competition. Apart from the Olympics, she has won 25 medals in the world championships.
6. Venus Williams
Venus Williams is an American tennis player like her sister Serena Williams. Both William sisters have been known as one of the best female tennis stars, and both have beaten their opponents in the womens doubles on many occasions. She has won four gold medals and one silver medal in the Olympics. Her gold medal career started in the Olympic Games in Sydney when she won a gold model individually as well as with her sister in womens double.
7. Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was the first athlete who broke the racism barrier and played the Baseball League with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The whole world admired his extraordinary baseball skills. Robinson joined the baseball league after he was discharged from the army in 1944. Under the services of Robinson, the Dodgers were able to collect six pennants. At the time of retirement, he had a record batting average of .313 and 1563 hits. In 1962, he was also elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.
8. LeBron James
LeBron James is known for his exceptional athletic skills. He started his career in elementary school when he was named Ohios Mr. Basketball. In the last ten years of the NBA, no one has scored more points than LeBron James. Further, he has won four championships, and he has also been the MVP of the National Basketball Association four times. LeBron is also among the players with the longest wingspan in NBA.
9. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was one of the most impressive athletes in the history of basketball. He spent his 20 years career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. He was one of the only few people who were selected in the sports right after high school. In his 20 years career, he won five championships as well as became the MVP of the NBA in 2008. He took his retirement in 2014 after surpassing Michael Jordan in terms of all-time highest NBA scorer.
10. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is another legendary basketball player who led his team Bruins to three national titles. His dominance in the NBP was also worth seeing as he first led the Milwaukee Buck to the championship and then assisted Los Angeles in winning tournaments. He ended his career with six MVP and six NBA trophies. At the time of retirement, he was the all-time highest scorer in the same league.
The sports persons mentioned above are great examples of why hard work is the key to success. Of course, most of them struggle at the start of their work, but they were named iconic players due to their consistency and hard work. Although black athletes have been actively participating in all the sports, their major services can be seen in football and baseball. Similarly, in Sprinting, Usain Bolt will always be remembered for his services to his nation.