Top 10 Greatest Swimmers of all time

Swimming creates a lot of passion among the sports fans and is not very rich sports. It is not a money making  sport like some other sports but when the time of Olympic comes millions of people

get excited about the swimming results and wanted their nation players to win. There is a large scope
for swimmers to win numbers of gold medals in Olympic events.

Here is a list which I have made of the top 10 greatest swimmers of all time.

10. Kristin Otto, born 1966

In the swimming world Kristen is the famous swimmer of all time. This German swimmer appeared in one Olympic Games in 1988 and she could prove the tale that great people does not need two chances to show their greatness she proved her talent first chance only. She is most famous for being the first woman to win six gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Swimming World Magazine named her the Female World Swimmer of the Year for thrice.

9. Shane Gould, born 1956

Shane is one of the great Australian swimmers in the world swimming. It is still a mystery that besides of having a great ability and potential everyone was shocked and questioning that why she retired at the age of 16? In her only one appearance she won five medals that includes of three gold in 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. When she won those precious medals she was just 15 years old. She became a part of history of women’s swimming by winning three Olympic gold medals with world record in each for the first time in that competition. Her greatness was proved in the way of her winning all of the Freestyle events with new world record in each from 100 meter to 150 meter. She is honored by the title of the Australian of the Year in 1972 and Best Sportswoman of the World in 1971.

8. Krisztina Egerszegi, born 1974

She was a famous swimmer from the late 1980’s to the mid 1990’s this Hungarian great Olympian. She won seven medals in which five were gold by participating in just three appearance in Olympic Games. She holds the world record for Backstroke 200 meter and famous by the name “Backstroke queen”. She won gold medals in Backstroke event in Olympic Games. She is an inductee of International Swimming Hall of Fame at present.

7. Grant Hackett, born 1980

An Australian former swimmer Grant Hackett is famous for winning the men’s 1500 meters freestyle race at both the Olympics in Sydney 2000 and in Athens 2004. This achievement has led him to be in history and regarded as one of the greatest distance swimmers. He is well known for his versatility and also a world record holder in the 1500 m and formerly in the 800 m freestyle, and at 2nd and 4th position in the 400 m and 200 m freestyle. In past ten years he has dominated the 1500 m event by being undefeated in the event in finals of World Aquatics Championships from 1996 until the 2007. He is the only swimmer to have won a world title in one event four times and in total he has won 10 World Championship gold medals.

6. Johnny Weissmuller, born 1904 – died 1984

Johann Peter is an American swimmer and one of the world’s best swimmers.In his career he won one bronze medal and five gold medals in Olympic Games. He holds sixty-seven world records and won fifty-two US National Championships. He moved towards acting and became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in films after his swimming career. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but john is by far the
best known Tarzan.

5. Pieter van den Hoogenband, born 1978

Pieter Cornelis nicknamed The Flying Dutchman and Hoogie is a Dutch former swimmer and a triple Olympic champion. He proved his talent and skills by becoming Olympic champion three times.

4. Aleksandr Popov, born 1971

Full name of Alexander is Aleksandr Vladimirovich Popov a Russian former Olympic gold-winning swimmer, widely known as one of the greatest sprint freestyle swimmers of all time.

3. Ian Thorpe, born 1982


Ian James Thorpe is a retired Australian freestyle swimmer. He is the first person to win six gold medals in one World Championship and won five Olympic gold medals. In total he has won eleven World Championship gold’s. Thorpe was the first person to have been named Swimming World Swimmers of the Year four times, and was the Australian swimmer of the year from 1999 to 2003.

2. Michael Phelps, born 1985

Phelps is one of the best American swimmer in the present world. He proved his talent and skill to be accepted as a legend in the swimming world and made is position. He first appeared in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 at that time he was only 15, but he had to come back without any medal. In the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he showed his talent and let the world realize that another great Swimmer is here. He finished the competition with eight medals in which six were gold. He became the youngest world record holder in 2000 at the age of 15 years and 9 months while he broke the world record in 200 meter Butterfly event. He is holding four world records now.I think everything would be less for this legend and a great athlete.

1. Mark Spitz, born 1950

Mark Andrew Spitz (nicknamed Mark the Shark) is a retired American swimmer. He won seven gold medals at Munich Olympic Games in 1972, an achievement that only conquered by Michael Phelps who won eight gold’s in the 2008 Olympics. Spitz won Olympic gold’s plus silver and a bronze a totol of 9 medals. He has also won five Pan American gold’s, 31 US Amateur Athletic Union titles and eight US National Collegiate Athletic Association titles between 1968 and 1972. During those years, he set 33 world records. He was taken as World Swimmer of the Year in the following years :1969, 1971 and 1972.


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