Saturday, December 10, 2022

10 Best Swimmers in the World And Their Records

The Olympic Games are held every four years, and hundreds of athletes train every day in hopes of competing. We decided to make a list of the best ten swimmers of all time because there are so many to admire. We took into account what has happened in the last fifty years while compiling this list. While we could not highlight every swimmer in the world flawlessly, we have tried to assess their achievements objectively.

10 Best Swimmers in the World And Their Records

1. Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- 10 Feb 1950

Mark was born into a Jewish family as the firstborn of Arnold Spitz and Lenore Sylvia, and when his brilliant abilities were recognized, he was given wholehearted approval to pursue a career in swimming. He began competing in local swimming groups at the age of six. He met Mr. Sherm Chavoor, the coach of the Arden Hills Swim Club in California, with whom he received training at his best and was recognized for his international success.

When he was just ten years old, Mark set a worldwide record for his age group, as well as 17 national records, and that was when he began his road to victory. His winning records were praised all over the world, even by his competitors, and he was dubbed “Mark the Shark” by his pals. With his victories at the 1972 Olympics, Mark exhibited to the world that a man can do anything if he has true passion and determination.

Achievements:

  • In 1960, he won a total of seventeen national age-group championships.
  • He won the first of the Amateur Athletic Union’s 24 national championships in 1966.
  • In 1967, he won five gold medals at the Pan-American Games; world records in the 100 and 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter freestyle competitions were won by him.
  • At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, he won individual bronze and silver medals, as well as gold in the 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter freestyle relays.
  • He was awarded as the world’s best swimmer in the year 1969.
  • The James E. Sullivan Memorial Award was presented to him by the Amateur Athletic Union in 1971, and he was crowned World Swimmer of the Year.
  • In 1972, at the Munich Olympics, he set world records in all seven events and became the first man to win seven Olympic gold medals in a single Olympiad. In 1977, as an honor swimmer, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • In 1983, he was inducted into the United States of America.

2. Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- 30 Jun 1985

Michael Phelps, the son of Michael Fred Phelps and Deborah Sue Phelps, was born on June 30 in the United States. The boy inherited his father’s enthusiasm for sports and was inspired to swim by his mother. He began swimming training with his siblings when he was seven years old.

Phelps experienced multiple ups and downs as a child, but it was these experiences that toughened him to fight against all circumstances. Despite this, Phelps set a national record in the 100m butterfly event when he was just ten years old. Phelps initially retired after his fourth Olympics, but he returned for the Rio 2016 Olympics, winning five more golds and a silver, allowing him to formally retire from the sport with an amazing 28 Olympic medals.

Achievement:

  • The PAN Pacific Championships entitled him to 16 gold and 5 silver medals.
  • He has the most Olympic gold medals (13) in individual events.
  • In addition, he holds the record for earning the most gold medals (8) in the 2008 Olympic Games, breaking Mark Spitz’s record (7 gold medals).
  • The Maryland House of Delegates acknowledged him for his extraordinary performances in the Olympic Games.
  • FINA named him “Swimmer of the Year” twice, in 2012 and 2016.
  • In 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2016, he received the Golden Goggle award for “Male Performance of the Year.”
  • In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2016, he received the Golden Goggle award for “Relay Performance of the Year.”
  • In 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016, he won the Golden Goggle “Male Athlete of the Year Award” seven times.
  • 2016 Golden Goggle “Impact Award”
  • In 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2016, he was named “USOC Sportsman of the Year.”
  • In 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2013, he received the “Laureus World Sports Award.”

3. Matt Biondi

Matt Biondi

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- October 8, 1965

Matt Biondi is one of the all-time great competitive swimmers. He won hundreds of national, international, and college trophies and set twelve world records during his career. Biondi’s birthplace is Palo Alto, and he was brought up in the town of Moraga. Biondi’s sprinting skills were discovered during his senior year of high school. He was widely regarded as America’s quickest high school swimmer. He was also noticed by colleges due to his participation in water polo. “Being in a career where I can enjoy quality time with kids allows me to make a difference,”

Biondi said. “I’d like to work with one group all year, not just come in… traveling around with my gold medals, all spectacular,” he adds. In 1988, Biondi declared his retirement from professional swimming and began working on the “celebrity circuit,” giving motivational talks in up to twenty locations each month, promoting swimsuits and sunglasses, building supermarkets, and doing instructional clinics. Since he was a committed mentor, Matt Biondi became a teacher and swimming coach in Hawaii.

Achievements:

  • 1984: Olympic Games, Los Angeles, gold medalist (4100-meter freestyle relay).
  • American Swimmer of the Year in 1985; United States Olympic Committee Male Athlete of the Year in 1986;
  • Male Athlete of the Year, United States Olympic Committee, 1988
  • 1988: Olympic Games, Seoul, South Korea, five gold medals (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 4100-meter freestyle relay, 4200 freestyle relay, and 4100 medley relay), one silver medal (100-meter butterfly), and one bronze medal (200-meter freestyle).
  • 1990-Goodwill Games, Seattle, four gold medals (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 4100-meter freestyle relay, and 4100-meter medley relay) and one silver medal (100-meter butterfly).
  • 1991-World Championships, Perth, Australia, three gold medals (100-meter freestyle, 4100-meter freestyle relay, and 4100-meter medley relay) and one silver medal (50-meter freestyle).
  • 1992-Olympic Games, Barcelona, Spain, two gold medals (4100-meter freestyle relay, 4100-meter medley relay) and one silver medal (50-meter freestyle).

4. Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- October 13, 1982

Ian James Thorpe, OAM (born October 13, 1982) is an Australian Olympic swimmer who set the record for the most gold medals won by an Australian athlete. He is most recognized for being the world’s youngest winner of a world championship. Thorpe is renowned for his freestyle swimming, although he also competes in backstroke and solo medley. Swimming World praised Thorpe’s performance as incredible and excellent, but Australian former head coach Don Talbot noted Thorpe relied heavily on his legs, compromising his arms.

He announced his retirement from swimming on November 21, 2006, following ten years with the Australian squad, claiming a lack of drive and the fact that “there are things in my life that are more important to me and I have to pursue them now.” Surprise! He proclaimed his return to swimming in 2011, with the goal of participation in the 2012 Olympic Games. The comeback was a failure.

Achievements:

  • At the age of 15, he became the world’s youngest male swimmer.
  • Thorpe has won more gold medals in the Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur than any other athlete.
  • At the Pan-Pacific Games in 1997, he won a silver medal in the 400m freestyle.
  • 1998: At the World Championships, he won two gold medals, and at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, he took home four gold medals.
  • World Swimmer of the Year in 2002; Australian Swimmer of the Year in 1999 and 2001-02.
  • 2000-Three gold and two silver medals in the Olympics; named one of the “Sexiest Men Alive: Awesome Aussies” by People magazine.
  • 2001-At the World Championships, he won six gold medals and set three world records in the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 800-meter freestyle events.
  • 2002 earned the American International Athlete Trophy; broke the record in the 400-meter freestyle; ended up winning six gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester; and five gold medals at the Pan Pacific Games in Yokohama, Japan.

5. Dara Torres

Dara Torres

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- April 15, 1967

Dara Torres is unquestionably America’s fastest female swimmer. She participated in her first international swimming competition when she was 14 years old, and she proceeded on to compete in her first Olympic Games a few years later, in 1984. Dara Torres had the most successful Olympic swimming career, winning 12 Olympic medals and four gold medals. Torres, who is tall and impressively good-looking, has also modeled, becoming the first athlete to appear in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

She also came to popularity as a commercial spokeswoman for a fitness training method in an infomercial. However, she decided to return to competitive swimming in late 1998. Torres is the first swimmer to represent the United States in five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008), as well as the oldest swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic team at the age of 41. Torres was the most senior member of the United States Olympic team. Torres won at least one medal in each of her five Olympic Games appearances despite being the oldest team member in a sport that often favors younger athletes.

Achievements:

  • In her first Olympics in 1984, Torres captured the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
  • She came back for more in 1988 to earn two more medals; silver in the 400 medley relay and bronze in the 400 freestyle relay.
  • Torres came back at age 33 to win four medals at the Sydney 2000 Games.
  • After 2000’s performance, Torres’ passion for the sport brought her back eight years later, when she would compete at the Beijing 2008 Games, becoming the oldest female swimmer to do so.
  • With her performance at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, Torres became the first American to swim in five Olympic Games.
  • Torres, 41, won silver medals in the 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle relay, and 400-meter medley relay, all of which he set American records in.
  • From 1982 through 2007, Torres won 16 US national titles: ten in the 50 freestyle, five in the 100 freestyle, and one in the 200 freestyle.
  • At the 1987 Pan-Pacific Championships, she won three gold medals in the 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay, and 400 medley relay.

6. Natalie Coughlin

Natalie CoughlinPhoto source- google images

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- 23 Aug 1982

Natalie Coughlin is a twelve-time Olympian swimmer from the United States. She is one of America’s most well-known and accomplished athletes. She had an early interest in swimming, which evolved into a passion as time progressed. She began competing in tournaments and breaking records at a very young age. She shaped multiple success stories throughout the world in various competitions over the last several years, the most noteworthy of which was the Olympic Games, where she won twelve medals, the most by a female American athlete in the championship.

Despite a shoulder injury that hindered her from competing in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, she was passionate about becoming a world-class swimmer, which she achieved through sheer determination and hard work. Her unwavering devotion and unshakable passion for the sport of swimming make her an inspiration to everybody. Her accomplishments exemplify the tenacity and perseverance required to attain the summit of success in life.

2001-At the World Aquatics Championships in Japan, she won three gold. She brought home gold in the 100-meter backstroke, silver in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay, and bronze in the 50-meter backstroke.

Achievements:

  • 2002-She competed in the ninth Pan-Pacific Championship in Japan, grabbing six medals, comprising four gold and two silver. In the women’s 100-meter backstroke, women’s 100-meter butterfly, women’s 100-meter freestyle, and women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, she earned gold medals.
  • 2003-At the tenth World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, she won a gold and a silver medal.
  • She earned two gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She set a world record and won gold as part of the 4200-meter freestyle relay. In addition, she won gold in the women’s 100-meter backstroke event.
  • In 2007-she swam in the World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne, Australia, and won five medals. Two gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal were awarded. With Katie Hoff, Dana Vollmer, and Lacey Nymeyer, she also set a new world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 7:50:09.
  • 2008-She won a total of six medals in the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, including one gold, two silver, and three bronze. In the 100-meter backstroke, she won gold, retaining her first-place finish at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
  • She won three gold medals and one bronze medal at the Pan Pacific Championships in California, USA, in 2010. She earned gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle, 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and 4×100-meter medley relay.
  • In 2011-she won three medals at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, China: one gold, one silver, and one bronze.
  • 2012- She competed against young swimmers in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, earning a bronze medal in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay.

7. Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- 15 Feb 1973

At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Amy Van Dyken became the first American female athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics. Amy has won countless prizes and awards for her swimming achievements, including the ESPN Awards (ESPY) Female Athlete of the Year award, the Swimming World magazine’s Female Swimmer of the Year award, and entrance into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

The Associated Press named her Female Athlete of the Year, the USOC Sports Woman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation Sports Woman of the Year, and the Women’s Sports Foundation Swimmer of the Year for USA Swimming. Van Dyken is no longer swimming and now lives in Arizona with her spouse, former NFL punter Tom Rouen. Since her retirement, Van Dyken has worked as a disc jockey on an Arizona sports radio show, as a radio announcer for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos football clubs, and even as a performer in the award-winning stage play The Vagina Monologues.

She speaks to audiences about her accomplishments as a world-class athlete and how, despite the obstacles she encountered, she developed the “desire to win” through persistence.

Achievements:

  • In 1992 she won silver medals at the United States Swimming Championships in the 50-meter and 50-yard freestyle events.
  • 1993-1993: At the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Swimming Championships, she placed second in the 50-meter freestyle and third in the 100-meter butterfly.
  • She set seven school and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) records; she was awarded the 1994 Female Athlete of the Year; she received the WAC’s Joe Kearney Award for outstanding female athlete of the year.
  • 1995-At the Pan American Games, she won three gold medals and one silver;
  • In 1996, Swimming World magazine named him Swimmer of the Year.
  • At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, she won four gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle relay, and 400-meter medley relay, making her the first American woman to do so.
  • In 1998, at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia, he won two gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle and the 4100-meter relay.
  • 2000-At the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, she won gold in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay as part of a U.S. team that set a new world record in the event. She also won gold in the 400-meter medley relay preliminary heats, and she finished fourth in the 400-meter medley relay finals in 2000.

8. Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- 03 Aug 1984

Ryan Lochte, the full name Ryan Lochte Steven Lochte, was born in Rochester, New York, USA, and is a former Olympic swimmer from the United States. With 12 medals, six of which were gold, he became the second most celebrated male swimmer in Olympic history, after only compatriot Michael Phelps. He attended the ‘Bloomfield Central School’ in Bristol, New York, throughout his early years. When he was five years old, he eventually took swimming lessons from his parents, who swam teachers. His family moved to Gainesville, Florida, when he was 12 years old so that his father could take up a swimming coaching job.

He was a casual swimmer in his early years, preferring basketball and skateboarding instead. However, in junior high school, he became serious about swimming. This talented swimmer specializes in individual medley and backstroke and has earned 90 medals over the years.

Achievements:

  • He won gold in the 4200-meter freestyle relay and silver in the 200-meter individual medley at the 2004 “Summer Olympic Games” in Athens, Greece. At the 2004 ‘FINA Short Course World Championships,’ he also won gold in the 4200-meter freestyle relay, silver in the 200-meter individual medley, and bronze in the 200-meter freestyle.
  • At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships, he earned gold in the 4200-meter freestyle relay and bronze medals in the 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.
  • During the 2006 ‘FINA Short Course World Championships,’ he won three individual gold medals, setting new records in the 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley events, as well as a new championship record in the 400-meter freestyle.
  • On March 30, 2007, he set his first world record in a long course race at the 2007 ‘World Aquatics Championships,’ and he won gold in the 200-meter backstroke event in a long course world championship.
  • He earned a gold medal and set a world record in the backstroke event at the 2008 “Summer Olympics” in Beijing, China. In the same event, he also won two bronze medals. He also took gold in the 4200m freestyle relay.
  • He earned 13 international medals in 2010. At the 2010 ‘Pan Pacific Swimming Championships,’ she won six gold medals (four individual medals). He was also the first athlete in history to win seven medals (six gold and one silver) at the 2010 ‘Short Course Worlds.’
  • In 2010, he was named the “World Swimmer of the Year” and the “American Swimmer of the Year” by “Swimming World,” while “FINA Aquatics World” named him the “FINA Male Swimmer of the Year.”
  • He earned two gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal in the 2012 ‘Summer Olympics’ in London, UK. At the 2013 ‘World Aquatics Championships,’ he won three gold medals and one silver medal.
  • He won the 200-meter individual medley event at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. Apart from Grant Hackett, he is the only other swimmer to have won an event in four consecutive world championships.
  • He won gold in the 4200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 ‘Summer Olympics’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

9. Kristin Otto

Kristin Otto

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- 7 February 1966

Kristin Otto (German Olympic swimmer) is best known for becoming the first woman to win six gold medals in a single Olympic Games, which she did in 1988 in Seoul. Otto’s birthplace is in Leipzig, Bezirk Leipzig (modern-day Sachsen), East Germany, and he started swimming at the age of 11 in an East German sports academy. Kristin Otto of East Germany commanded attention and highlighted her country’s strong performance by setting an Olympic milestone for individual achievement. Her six gold medals set a record for female Olympic success that has yet to be beaten. Otto quickly established herself as a significant force after being hailed as a potential star. Otto decided to make her international debut at the 1982 World Championships as a 16-year-old, winning three gold medals, including a solo victory in the 100 backstrokes. Otto will be considered a distinguished athlete who delivered one of the best Olympic performances in history.

Achievements:

  • Listed in Olympic Swimmers – Doubles Champions, Same Year (1988 50/100 Freestyle Sprint Double Champion.)
  • Listed in Olympians Who Set a European Record in the Long Course Swimming 50m freestyle in 1986, 100m freestyle in 1986, and 200m freestyle in 1984 and 198650-meter backstroke (1988 and 1997), 100-meter butterfly (1988 and 1999), 4100-meter freestyle relay (1984-1984), 4200-meter freestyle relay (1983 and 1986), and 4100-meter medley relay (1982 and1983)
  • Olympic Athletes Who Set a European Record in Short Course Swimming (100 m backstroke – 8 January 1983 – 12 February Indianapolis, USA)
  • Olympic medalists from the 1982 Guayaquil World Aquatics Championships (gold: 100 m backstroke, 4100 m freestyle relay, and 4100 m medley relay; silver: 50 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly)
  • Olympic Medalists at the European Aquatics Championships (9–1–1–83) Roma SWI gold: freestyle relays (4100 m and 4200 m); silver: 100 m freestyle; 1987 Strasbourg SWI gold medalists in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly, 4100-meter freestyle relay, and 4100-meter medley relay; 1989 Bonn SWI gold medalists in the 100-meter backstroke and 4100-meter medley relay; bronze medalist in the 200-meter backstroke)
  • Listed in Olympians Who Set a Long Course Swimming World Record (100 m freestyle – 19 August 1986 – 1 March 1992: 54.73 (19 August 1986; Madrid, ESP); 200 m freestyle – 23 May 1984 – 18 June 1986: 1:57.75 (23 May 1984; Magdeburg, GDR); 4100 m freestyle relay – 21 August 1984 – 28 July 1992: 3:42.41 (21 August 1984; Moskva, URS).

10. Janet Evans

Janet Evans

  • Country- United States of America
  • Date of birth- 28 August 1971

She was born and raised in Placentia, the youngest of Paul and Barbara Evans’ three children. She first stepped into the water at the age of one, taking a quick plunge in the pool at the North Orange County YMCA. Evans’ mother put her in swimming lessons, and by the age of three, she could do both the breaststroke and the butterfly. Barbara Evans kept a tight check on her daughter’s progress, ensuring that she ate well, went to bed on time, and kept up with her swimming practice regimen. Evans continued to set records after her outstanding performance at the Olympics in Seoul. She broke her personal world record in the 800-meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific Games in 1989. The Janet Evans Invitational, named after her, is hosted by the University of Southern California. The tournament attracts 800 of the best swimmers in the United States each year. Evans will be recognized as one of the finest female distance swimmers in American history, despite the fact that she has not raced in several years.

Achievements:

  • In 1984, at the U.S. Junior Nationals, he won the 1500-meter freestyle.
  • In 1986, at the Goodwill Games, she placed third in the 800- and 1500-meter freestyle events.
  • He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1987, 1989, and 1990.
  • At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she won gold in the 400- and 800-meter freestyles, as well as the 400-meter individual medley.
  • At the Pan Pacific Games in 1989, she set a new world record in the 800-meter freestyle.
  • At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she won gold in the 800-meter freestyle and silver in the 400-meter freestyle.
  • At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, she placed sixth in the 800-meter freestyle.

Conclusion

Swimming is a popular activity that can be played for fun or for professionally. Professional swimmers are not paid a salary; rather, they rely on sponsorship, endorsements, and prize money to help them augment their income. Although it is highly rare, certain world-record-breaking swimmers, like Michael Phelps, earn millions of pounds from endorsements. In actuality, only a select handful can support themselves just by swimming. Many swimmers have part-time jobs to assist cover the cost of their training and gear.

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