By Thalia Shepherd 5/26/20
In most competitions, size is a relative thing. In boxing, weight divisions are used to classify and rank fighters. Being tall in basketball can also be an advantage. Check out the largest athletes in sporting history.
Maria Sharapova – 6’2″
Some people may not know that Maria Sharapova is one of the tallest tennis players ever. She has shown remarkable talent since hitting her first tennis ball when she was four years old. The 6’2″ right-handed player achieved the No. 1 ranking in 2005. She retired from tennis in February 2020. She is currently the third highest earner in the sport.
Holley Mangold is 5’8″ and weighs 415 lbs
Holley Mangold, an American weightlifter, weighs only 415 pounds but has lifted 562 pounds. She is 5’8″ tall. Holley began weightlifting competitions in 2008. She has represented the United States at the Olympics since then. She was ranked ninth out of 14 competitors in her division. Holley’s strength was demonstrated when she survived a head on collision with minor injuries after simply pushing the steering away.