Series04 Jun 2020

Athletics@Home - colour the stars!


Colour the stars - Jana Pittman and Juan Miguel Echevarria (© Christel Saneh)

Have some crayons or coloured pencils? Then get to work colouring and getting to know some of our sport's biggest stars.

Next up in our virtual colouring book: two-time world 400m hurdles champion Jana Pittman of Australia and Cuba's rising long jump star Juan Miguel Echevarria.

Pittman raced to the 2003 and 2007 world titles while Echevarria, the 2018 world indoor champion, electrified his event in recent years with some of the longest jumps ever recorded, albeit just outside the legal wind limits.

Download the pictures now [English | French | Spanish], sharpen your crayons, print them out and get colouring!

Last week we featured distance running all-time great Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia and Greece's reiging Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi.

During an astounding career, Bekele won three Olympic titles, 16 world titles and has held the world records in the 5000m and 10,000m since 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Stefanidi, who has a personal best of 4.91m, also vaulted to the world title in 2017.

So, download the pictures [English | French | Spanish], print them out and get colouring!


Previously we added New Zealand's shot-putting heroine Valerie Adams and reigning world high jump champion Mutaz Barshim of Qatar.

Adams is a two-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion, both indoors and outdoors. Barshim has taken the last two world titles and with a 2.43m lifetime best, sits in the No. 2 spot on the all-time list.

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The week before we continued with two more legends from the recent past, whose heroics helped define the sport in the 1990s: Czech javelin thrower Jan Zelezny and and Cuban 800m great Ana Quirot.

Zelezny was a three-time world and Olympic champion and has held the world record in the event, 98.48m, since 1996. Quirot was a two-time world 800m champion and held the world best at 600m for two decades.

You can download the pictures here: [English | Spanish | French]


The week before brought a another pair of all-time greats: Kenyan steeplechase star Beatrice Chepkoech and Germany's discus throw legend Robert Harting.

Chepkoech is the reigning world champion and world record-holder whose 8:44.32 mark is more than eight seconds faster than anyone else has ever run. Harting is a three-time world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist.

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And the week before that, two more all-time greats: sprint legend Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas, the world indoor triple jump record holder.

Books have and will continue to be written about Bolt, arguably the finest sprinter in history, who was amassed a collection of 8 Olympic gold medals and 10 world championships titles, and remains the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19) world record holder. Rojas, just 24, has already collected four world titles in the triple jump, the last two indoors and last two outdoors.

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Previously: Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia and Japan's Koji Murofushi.

Dibaba is one of the finest distance runners ever, having collected two world 5000m titles, three world 10,000m crowns, three Olympic gold and four world cross country triumphs. Murofushi, the 2004 Olympic champion in the hammer throw, also spun to the world title in 2011.

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Earlier in the series we featured Jefferson Pérez and Nafi Thiam, two more of the sport's biggest stars.

Pérez, a race walking legend, won the 20km race walk at the 1996 Olympic Games and three successive world titles over the distance at the 2003, 2005 and 2007 World Championships. The Ecuadorian star also held the world record from 2003 to 2007.

Thiam won heptathlon gold at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Championships and with a lifetime best of 7013 points, the Belgian superstar ranks third on the all-time list. Download the pictures [English | Spanish | French], get them printed and get to work.



And before that, we featured two more icons: Allyson Felix, the most decorated athlete in World Athletics Championships history and Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder in the marathon.

Felix has won 18 medals at World Championships, including three world 200m titles and one at 400m. She has also collected nine Olympic medals - including 200m gold in 2012 - to tie Merlene Ottey as the most decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history. 

Kipchoge, who won the Olympic marathon title in 2016, holds the world record for the distance with 2:01:39 and last year broke the two-hour barrier in an exhibition event in Vienna. Download the pictures, print them out, and get started.

Colouring in


We began the colouring in series with China's 110m hurdles legend Liu Xiang and 400m star Cathy Freeman, one of Australia's greatest sporting heroes.

Liu, the 2004 Olympic champion, 2007 world champion and 2008 world indoor champion, equalled the world record with 12.91 in 2004 and broke it two years later with a 12.88 performance. That record lasted two more years.

Freeman raced to back-to-back world 400m titles in 1997 and 1999 before taking the Olympic crown before a home crowd of 115,000 at Sydney's Olympic Stadium in 2000, ten days after lighting the Olympic Cauldron.

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Colouring in


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