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Athletes who have changed modality over time

Athletes as world-renowned as Ellyse Perry or the Dakar champion, Nasser Al Attiyah. Here we review the most important achievements and in which sports they achieved it.

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We review the great achievements of these athletes within their competencies. Photo: Pixabay

LatinAmerican Post | Juan David Torres Nuñez

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Ellyse perry

The 30-year-old Australian has contributed her skills to both the cricket and women's soccer teams in her country. She began her sporting career in 2007 when she had her first call-up for the Australian cricket team "New South Wales Breakers", as it is known worldwide, she has won five world titles with her nation and was chosen as the most valuable player in the final in 2010. Also in cricket since 2015 she has played in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Sixers team as captain and where she made one of the best Australian cricket pairs of recent times with Alyssa Healy (the current captain of the national team). It is world-renowned because it was not only part of the most emblematic era of Australian cricket but also for being its captain during the most glorious years.

His style of play and hitting has been perpetuated by his speed and dexterity, being one of the strongest and fastest shots in history.

On the other hand, in soccer, he was from 2008 to 2015 where he stood out in Canberra United, Sydney FC, and the Australian team as part of the team that reached the semifinals of the World Cup in 2008 and the quarterfinals in 2011.

Already in 2012 he had to choose a sport and opted for cricket, where he has reaped his greatest achievements. She currently suffered a hamstring injury that kept her off the fields until 2021.

Nasser Al Attiyah

The 50-year-old Qatari has been highlighted in his professional career for having won the Dakar Rally three times (2011, 2015, and 2019 ), champion of the Middle East Rally 14 times (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) being one of the most winners in the category, two championships in the Cross Country Rally (2008 and 2015).

 

It should be noted that in 1989 he made his debut in the rally but after a monarchy in his country during the 90's he had to leave this sport for seven years where he devoted himself fully to the Olympic shooting and was part of the 1996 Olympic Games, 2000 and 2004 and it was not until the Games held in London in 2012 that the multi-time Rally champion achieved the bronze medal in this modality.

Wilt Chamberlain

The American idol and perhaps the best basketball player in history with more than 72 records that have remained in force since the 70's with him being the most important, he not only practiced this sport throughout his professional career. Since, after his retirement in 1973, he ventured into volleyball and in 1975 he was part of the game of the stars of the International Volleyball Association where he was chosen as the best player and giving prestige to this sport as we know it today.

 

Remco Evenepoel

The Belgian named as the "Heir of Eddy Merckx" became known for having won the Road Cycling World Championship in Innsbruck 2018 in the time trial and junior road category with a clear difference above his rivals, in addition to taking the honors both at national and European level and thus attracting the attention of the most powerful teams in the world peloton. A year later the Deceuninck Quick Step took over his services and there in his short career he has achieved such important triumphs as a Tour of San Sebastián, a European Championship in the Time Trial mode, a Tour of Burgos, a Tour of Poland, among others. Unfortunately, his career was interrupted by an injury in mid-2020 that took him out of all kinds of competition.

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The story behind this young promise is that before being the junior cyclist who filled the covers of magazines with his performances, he was part of the Anderlecht youth team of his country in soccer and was also called up to his national team in the U-15 and U-17 category being a promise to follow.

 

Bo Jackson

The great " Running Back" of the Los Angeles Raiders from 1987 to 1990 could not be absent from this list and it is no wonder if in the NFL (American Football League) he was considered an All-Star during his short career defending the colors of the American team. Also during this time, the Alabama-born played in MLB (Major League Baseball) from 1986 to 1994 when he suffered an injury that finally ended his sports career. There he was also part of the All-Star team of all time.

Jackson has been recognized by many as a super athlete, he was also part of a famous advertising campaign led by Nike to encourage young people and teenagers to practice sports and how they benefited their well-being called " Bo Knows " where they also sold tennis, shirts, shorts and sportswear for tennis, golf, motoring.