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Track and Field’s most followed athletes on Instagram

Published at :April 7, 2024 at 10:04 PM
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Ashwathy Rajendran


Some of the most influential names in World Athletics feature on this list.

Track and field is a discipline that encompasses a wide range of athletic events from running and jumping to throwing and walking. It is an essential part of the Olympic Games and has been an integral part of human culture for thousands of years. Track and field athletes have time and again inspired us with their incredible skill set as they push their bodies to the limit in pursuit of greatness. 

With the rise of social media, we have unprecedented access to these athletes and their training regimes, allowing us to witness their journeys from close quarters. Instagram, in particular has become a hub for athletes to showcase their skills, connect with fans and share glimpses of their personal lives. 

In this article, we take a look at the top 10 most followed and currently active track and field athletes on Instagram and explore their achievements, personalities and the reasons why they are so popular. Get ready to be inspired and motivated by these incredible athletes!

10. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (934K)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a Jamaican track and field athlete who first gained international recognition when she won the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous medals and broke several records in both the 100 and 200-meter events.

Shelly-Ann, with her infectious personality, is known for her warm smile, infectious laugh and upbeat attitude which has made her a favorite among fans around the world. She often shares photos and videos of her family, friends and fellow athletes giving her followers a glimpse into her personal life and the people who inspire her.

Shelly-Ann is also a strong advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. In addition to this, she has a good fashion sense and often shares photos of her stylish outfits on IG. This has enabled her to become a fashion icon in her own right.

9. Trayvon Bromell (1M)

Trayvon Bromell is a rising sprint star in the world of track and field. He is a diamond league final winner, world indoor champion, two time world championships bronze medalist and a top 8 finalist in the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.

One of the reasons why Trayvon has become so popular on Instagram is his relatable and down-to-earth personality. Despite his success on the track, he remains humble and grateful for the opportunities he has been given. He often shares stories about his struggles and setbacks and regularly interacts with his fans to give advice to those who are just starting out in their athletic journey.

Trayvon is also known for his dedication to his faith. He often shares Bible verses and spiritual messages on his social media accounts and has spoken publicly about the role that his faith plays in his life and his athletic career.

8. Yulimar Rojas (1.1M)

Yulimar Rojas is a Venezuelan track and field athlete who has become one of the most dominant athletes in her event . Yulimar’s achievements on the track are nothing short of impressive. Rojas won the silver medal in the triple jump at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2018, she broke the world indoor record in the triple jump setting a new mark of 15.43 meters. 

She has also won numerous gold medals at major competitions including the 2019 World Championships and the 2021 Diamond League. Her performances on the track have earned her the title of “Queen of the Triple Jump.”

Yulimar Rojas has become so popular on Instagram owing to her passion for her sport. She is known for her intense focus and dedication to her training, which have helped her achieve remarkable success on the track. She often shares videos of her training sessions, giving her followers a peek into the hard work and determination that go into becoming a world-class athlete.

7. Sydney McLaughlin (1.1M)

Sydney McLaughlin is an American track and field athlete who has taken the world by storm with her incredible performances in the 400 meters hurdles event.

Sydney burst onto the scene in 2016 when she became the youngest track and field athlete to compete in the Olympics in over 40 years. In 2019, she broke the world record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Championship becoming the first woman to run the event in under 52 seconds.

In addition to her world record in the 400-meter hurdles, she has won numerous gold medals at major competitions including the 2018 World U20 Championships, the 2019 Pan American Games and the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.

Sydney’s success on the track has helped her build a massive following on Insta. She is committed to using her platform to inspire others. She often shares messages of positivity, resilience and perseverance for encouraging her followers to chase their dreams and never give up.

6. Marcell Jacobs (1.1M)

Marcell Jacobs is an Italian track and field athlete who has captured the attention of sports fans around the world with his incredible speed and agility.

Jacobs has become so popular on social media because of his incredible achievements on the track. In 2021, he became the first Italian sprinter to win the 100-meter gold medal at the Olympics. He also set a new European record in the event, running it in just 9.80 seconds. Jacobs’ victory was a historic moment for Italian athletics and it helped him become a household name around the world.

In addition to his success on the track, Jacobs is also known for his dedication to his family and his faith. He is a devout Christian and he often shares messages of faith and inspiration on his social media accounts. He is also a loving husband and father and he frequently shares photos of his family on social media.

Jacobs’ success on the track is the result of years of hard work and dedication. He began his athletic career as a long jumper before transitioning to sprinting. He has competed at numerous major competitions including the World Championships and the European Championships and has won multiple medals in both events.

5. Fred Kerley (1.2M)

Fred Kerley is an American track and field sensation who won the silver medal in the 400 meters at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He won the gold medal and emerged victorious in the 2018 World Indoor Championships and the 2019 Pan American Games.

One of the reasons why Fred has become so popular on social media his love for music. He often shares videos of himself singing and playing the piano. Fred’s achievements on the track are equally impressive. His performances on the track have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest quarter-miler of all time hence inspiring young athletes who aspire to follow in his footsteps.

4. Eliud Kipchoge (2.5M)

Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan long-distance who is not only a champion on the track but also a social media superstar with millions of fans around the world.

He has competed at numerous major competitions including the Olympics, the World Championships and the Berlin Marathon where he set a world record of 2:01:39 in 2018. Kipchoge is known for his incredible endurance and his ability to push through pain and exhaustion to cross the finish line.

He is considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time and his determination and grit have earned him a legion of fans around the world. The Kenyan is also known for his dedication to social causes and his commitment to giving back to his community. He is a Global Ambassador for the United Nations and he uses this platform to raise awareness of issues such as climate change and gender equality. 

Additionally he is a philanthropist and has founded a charity that supports education and health initiatives in his hometown of Kapsisiywa, Kenya.

3. Sha’ Carri Richardson (3.0M)

Sha’Carri Richardson’s achievements on the track are nothing short of remarkable. In 2019, she won the 100m at the NCAA Championships setting a new collegiate record. She continued to impress at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2021 where she won the 100m in 10.86 seconds securing her place in the U.S. Olympic team.

However, Richardson’s journey to the Olympics was not without its challenges. Shortly after her victory at the trials, she was suspended for one month after testing positive for marijuana. Despite this setback, Richardson has remained positive and inspiring figure using her platform on social media to speak out about mental health and the importance of self-care.

She is known for her bold and colorful hairstyles and outfits which have become a signature of her style on and off the track. Her confident and unapologetic attitude has earned her a legion of fans who admire her for her authenticity and courage.

2. Alica Schmidt (5.0M)

Alica Schmidt also known as the “World’s Sexiest Athlete” is a German middle-distance runner and social media influencer. Her stunning looks and impressive performances on the track have earned her a huge fan base in instagram.

Schmidt’s achievements on the track are impressive as well. She won the 800m at the German U20 Championships in 2017 and 2018 and went on to represent Germany at the European Athletics U20 Championships in 2017 and the European Athletics Championships in 2018. In addition to her athletic achievements, she was named the 2018 Sports Personality of the Year in her home state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Schmidt’s success on and off the track has earned her massive social media followers around the world many of whom are inspired by her beauty, athleticism, and positive attitude. As she continues to rise to new heights in her athletic career and her influence on social media , there is no doubt that Alica Schmidt will continue to captivate and inspire her fans for years to come.

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1. Neeraj Chopra (8.7M)

Neeraj Chopra is a track and field sensation who won gold at the 2018 Asian Games. He went on to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships cementing his position as one of the top javelin throwers in the world. His greatest success was his gold at the Tokyo Olympic games and being the first Indian to do so.

His humble and gracious personality has earned him a reputation as a role model and an inspiration to many. Chopra is known for his remarkable throwing ability which has earned him several accolades and admirers.He shares his training routines and his progress for the fans through social media.

Off the field, Chopra is also known for his charitable work. He has donated money and resources to various causes including COVID-19 relief efforts in India. His commitment to giving back and helping others has earned him even more respect and admiration from his fans.

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