Playing underwater is difficult yet much impressive. Swimming is one sport which is popular among many and the ones playing it are highly enthralled by it. Here, we bring to you an exciting article about top swimmers worth browsing through.
The lovers of swimming will surely love reading it. We bring to you a list of the 10 Top Swimmers of all Time who have earned their name in the history of swimming. Come, take a sneak peek and enjoy the countdown!
10 Top Swimmers of all Time
10. Grant Hackett
Grant Hackett, born in 1980, is a famous Australian former swimmer. He is the most known for winning the men’s 1500 metres freestyle race at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He, thus, became the greatest distance swimmers in history. He is a gold medalist and achieved this in Sydney for swimming in the heats of the 4×200 m freestyle relay. He is world record holder in the 1500 m and formerly in the 800 m freestyle. Also, he has achieved 2nd and 4th position in the 400 m and 200 m freestyle respectively. Besides, in the past decade, he has ruled over the 1500 m event standing undefeated in the finals of the World Aquatics Championship. All in all, he has won 10 World Championship gold medals.
9. Alexander Popov
Aleksandr Vladimirovich Popov, or simply Alexander Popov, acquires the 9th place on our list of top swimmers of all time. Born in 1971, this former swimmer from Russia is a gold-winning Olympian and is considered among the best sprint freestyle swimmers of all time. One of his greatest accolades is that he is the only one in the history of both male and female swimmers to win four individual Olympic golds in freestyle events. When he was only 8 years old, he began swimming at the Children and Youth Sports School of Fakel Sports Complex in Lesnoy. Ironically, he was afraid of water at that time. However, due to the insistence of his father, he continued with the sport, and stayed with it. He started as a backstroker, but switched to freestyle after joining Gennadi Touretski’s squad. He later moved to Australia with his coach. He has several other medals and titles.
8. Matt Biondi
Matthew Nicholas Biondi, or simply Matt Biondi, is at the 8th place on our list of top swimmers of all time. This former swimming champion from America was born in 1965, and is an eleven-time Olympic champion. He also formerly held world records in five events. He competed in the Summer Olympic Games in ’84, ’88 and ’92. He set four individual world records in the 100 m freestyle, and three individual world records in the 50 m freestyle, during his career. In ’88, he wold five golds in the Seoul Olympic Games, and set world records in three relay events and the 50 m freestyle. A member of the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the International Hall of Fame, he also has a master’s degree in Political Economy of Industrialized Societies, and has worked as a school teacher ad swimming coach.
7. Kristin Otto
Kristin Otto holds the 7th place on our list of top swimmers of all time. Born in 1966, this former German Olympic champion is famous not just for her swimming skills and accolades, but also for being the first woman to win six gold medals in a single Olympic tournament; she did so at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She was also the first woman to cover the 100 m short course backstroke in less than one minute, and she did so at a global short course meet in 1983 at Indiana University. Freestyle, butterfly and backstroke were her specialties. She began swimming at the tender age of 12, and by the time she was 16, she participated in her first world championship, the World Aquatics Championship in 1982. Even though her career was marred when her alleged association with performance enhancement drugs was revealed, she still remains one of the biggest names in the history of women’s swimming and one of richest swimmers of all time.