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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Top 10 Swimmers of All Time

Swimming is not a very rich sports but it creates a lot of enthusiasm among the sports fans. I mean by swimming, a swimmer cannot earn millions of dollars like some other sports but when the time of Olympic comes millions of people get excited about the swimming results. Swimming has a lot of gold medals to offer in Olympic events.

Here, I have made a list of the top ten greatest swimmers of all time. Of course, this kind of list often creates controversy and my list may not satisfy many people as they will feel disappointed and even angry that their favorite player is not in this list. So, I apologize in advance for it. I have just made the list from my own research and you don’t have to agree with the list.

Mark Spitz

Spitz is the greatest swimmer in the history of swimming. With his 11 Olympic medals, he became the fourth highest medalist in the Olympic history and jointly the highest in Men’s Swimming. At the age of nine, this legendary swimmer started to practice swimming at Arden Hills Swim Club in California. By the ten, he came in to the focus while he held 17 national age-group and one world record. He attended his first Olympic Games in 1968 having been expected to win at least 6 gold medals as he was the holder of ten world records by then. The reality was different as he could win just two gold medals and a silver and bronze medal. It was then in 1972 Munich Olympic Games, where he made history winning 7 gold medals with new world records in each. None of the Olympians, till today, has same achievement in a single Olympic Games. He took retirement at the age of 22 surprisingly. In his post retirement age, he attended in some TV show including “The Tonight Show”, “The Sony and Cher Comedy Hour” and “The Dean Martin Show”. He is a member of International Swimming Hall of Fame.



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Matthew ("Matt") Nicholas Biondi

Biondi is another great swimmer in the swimming history winning 11 Olympic medals including 8 gold. Appearing in three Olympics Games, he could prove his skill and potential in swimming. His best Olympic performance was 1988 in Seoul where he bagged 7 medals including 5 gold. In that time this was the second example of winning 5 medals in an Olympic tournament just after Mark Spitz. He was awarded by the Swimming World Magazine as the Male Swimmer of the Year twice. He is also an inductee of international Swimming Hall of Fame.


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Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny_Weissmuller is another talented swimmer in the swimming history. This multi skilled legend is also very famous for playing the role of Tarzan in the movie titled ‘Tarzan’, one of the successful movies ever released in Hollywood. He acted in the 12 movies of Tarzan series and could create an individual place in the Hollywood. In his swimming career, he dominated the swimming world participating in the two Olympics Games and bagging 6 Olympic medals in which 5 were gold. He extended his feat in the water polo too and won the bronze medal with USA water polo team in 1924 Paris Olympic. His talent is rare in the world. His uniqueness was seen in Tarzan where he showed his famous Tarzan Yell. Besides Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller also acted in several movies and got fame in the Hollywood. For his artistic contribution in the Hollywood movies, he got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After taking retirement from Swimming he became the founder chairman of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


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Ian James Thorpe

Nicknamed ‘Thorpedo’ he is one of the most popular swimmers in the present world. Having participated in two Olympic Games, Thorpe bagged nine medals including five gold. This Australian is stepping down the way of being in the same row of the greatest swimmers. He has already been compared with the legends of middle-distance swimmers. Thorpe holds two world records in 200 m and 400 m Freestyle events. Besides Olympic, he also got many success in World Championship, Pan Pacific Championship and Commonwealth Games. He has been World Swimmer of the Year for four times.


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Michael Fred Phelps II

Phelps is another passionate American swimmer in the present world. He has showed his talent and skill to be accepted as a legend in the swimming history. He first appeared in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 at the age of 15, but he had to come back without any medal. However, in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he proved his talent and let the world realize that another great is coming. He ended the competition with 8 medals including 6 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 m Butterfly. He holds 4 world records now. His best events are Freestyle and Individual Medley. Phelps dominates in other swimming competitions like World Championship, Pan pacific Championship etc.


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Jennifer ("Jenny") Elisabeth Thompson

Jenny Thompson is a great swimmer in the world swimming. Jenny could win 12 medals participating in four Olympics Games. Her number of Olympic gold medal is 8 which deserve her to be included in the list of one of the great Olympians. Though she could not meet with the expectations created after she won her first international gold medal in the Pan American Games at the age of 14, she could win 3 medals including 2 gold in her first appearance in the Olympic Games. In that competition she failed to qualify in the 50 m Freestyle and finished second in the 100 m Freestyle though she was the then world record holder of these two events. In spite of such failure to meet the expectations around her; she could continue winning medals in the following Olympic Games and in other international competitions. In 1999, she became the World Swimmer of the Year by the Swimming World Magazine.


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Krisztina Egerszegi

This Hungarian great Olympian was a famous swimmer from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. Participating in three Olympics Games, she bagged 7 medals in which 5 were gold. This Backstroke queen still holds the world record for 200m Backstroke. She won 4 gold medals in Backstroke event in Olympic Games. At present she is an inductee of International Swimming Hall of Fame.


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Dawn Lorraine Fraser

This Australian great swimmer is mostly famous for her successes in the Freestyle event. She is the first women to finish swimming within one minute in the 100m events. In her three Olympic Games appearances, she could win 8 Olympic medals including 5 gold. She became the Australian of the Year in 1965 and got the award of Order of the British Empire in 1967. She was one of the Olympic Torch bearers at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. In her later life she became a politician.


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Shane Gould

Shane is another great Australian swimmer in the world swimming. It is still a mystery that in spite of having a great skill and potential, she retired at the age of 16. However, within her short appearance in the swimming pool, she could able to show her ability to be one of the greatest in the history of swimming. In her only Olympic games appearance in 1972 in Munich she won 5 medals including 3 gold. At that time she was just 15 years old. In that competition she became a part of the history of the women’s swimming winning the three Olympic gold medals with world record in each for the first time in women’s swimming. Her greatness in swimming was proved in the way of her winning all of the Freestyle events from 100m to 1500m with new world record in each. The number of award she got in her short career can be another world record (though I am not sure). She became the Best Sportswoman in the World in 1971 and Australian of the Year in 1972. Later, Order of the British Empire and Olympic Order adorned her award cage.


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Kristin Otto

Kristin is the famous swimmer in the swimming world. 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. In that tournament she won 6 gold medals. Swimming World Magazine named her the Female World Swimmer of the Year for thrice.

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There are some other great swimmers in the history of Swimming. These swimmers also deserve to be in the same line with the swimmers included above. Some of such great swimmers are as follows:

Janet Elizabeth Evans, James Paul ("Jim") Montgomery, Iain Murray Rose, Jeffrey ("Jeff") Norman Rouse, Tracy Ann Caulkins, Ambrose ("Rowdy") Gaines IV, Janet Elizabeth Evans, Alfréd Hajós, Duke Kahanamoku, Danyon Joseph Loader, Fu Mingxia etc.

106 comments:

  1. I went to the same college as Matt Biondi. He's not only a fantastic swimmer, but good looking too. The female members of the swim team used to spend extra time at the pool just to watch his graceful strokes :) .

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  2. Anonymous8:58 PM

    We are fortunate in the Nashville TN area to have one of the greatest age group swimmers ever. Charles (Chas) Morten
    Currently in his mid 30's he still holds (4) U-8 (3) 9-10 (3) 11-12 and (1) 13-14 national age group swim records. He is still possesses nearly flawless stroke technique and explosive power off the wall.

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    1. Anonymous8:22 AM

      realy agirl thats stupid

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    2. Anonymous12:57 PM

      What do you mean?
      Are u saying that girls are stupid and can't swim?!��

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    3. Anonymous5:46 AM

      NUH UH GIRLS ARE COOLER THAN MEN IN FACT WE DON'T EVEN NEED MEN IN THIS WORLD WOMEN ARE THE ONES WHO REPOPULATE SO NUH UH

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  3. Anonymous7:56 AM

    all of these swimmers re truely kick ass!11

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  4. Looks as if as having a better technique....By the way how much he clocks the speed in butterfly and breast strokes.....The figures matters...

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  5. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Does anyone remember Don Schollander (1964 and '68 Olympics)?

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  6. Anonymous6:49 AM

    who is Krisztina Egerszegi ????????
    she sounds coolllll

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  7. Anonymous12:12 PM

    phelps is number 1.

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  8. Anonymous12:52 PM

    phelps is way better than all those people combined. no one will ever pass him

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    1. Anonymous9:33 PM

      He has already been surpassed.

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    2. Anonymous3:26 PM

      by who? no one can ever win 8 gold medals in 1 olympics, and no one can get as many medals overall as he has in the little amount of time he did. also name one other swimmer who made the olympic team when they were 15... oh wait you cant. good try though

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    3. Anonymous10:07 PM

      Leisel Jones made the olympics at 15. good try though

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    4. Anonymous11:35 AM

      Phelps did to he. He actually came 5th in the 200fly final. But Aaron peirsol is the best he took silver in sidney at thr age of 16

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    5. Anonymous3:20 AM

      I don't want to disagree but Michael phelps probably isn't better than dawn Fraser. She was a great swimmer before there was all the training places and stuff

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    6. Anonymous5:47 PM

      phelps is the best swimmer in the world so dont even try to disagree.

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    7. Anonymous6:07 PM

      PHELPS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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    8. Anonymous7:01 PM

      phelps is not the best

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  9. Anonymous5:17 AM

    Thorpe "..has already been compared with the legends of middle-distance swimmers" .. and that all he was a middle distance swimmers .He only won 400m in 2000 , then 200m , 400m in 2004 ... but with a special suit . how the heck he is in top 10 ever list ?

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    1. Wait isn't Ian Thorpe that guy who beat Michael Phelps using some sorta swimming suit!!!!! If so HOW THE HECK DID HE MAKE THE TOP 1O !?!?!?!?!!!!

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    2. Wait Thorpe Ian Thorpe!!! Isn't he that guy who beat Micheal Phelps by like a inch only cause he was wear some fancy swimming hat?!?! and another question, How DID he get in the top 10 swimmers I mean seriously!!!!!

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    3. Anonymous3:23 AM

      Guys Ian Thorpe didnt win just because he wore a swim suit. He had to actually be good to catch up to Michel Phelps

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    4. Anonymous8:56 PM

      Thorpe is an Australian Champion!

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  10. Anonymous10:41 AM

    JAMES

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  11. Anonymous10:44 AM

    IM A STRAIGHT UP Q

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  12. Anonymous10:38 AM

    JAMES GREGORY HAMILTON!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Anonymous1:22 PM

    The best female swimmer of all times is Inge de Bruijn, so including females means including her first. There is no woman even near.

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  14. Anonymous4:56 PM

    Alexander Popov?????

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  15. Anonymous4:57 PM

    where's Cesar Cielo??? the faster...

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  16. Anonymous9:39 AM

    I'm not seeing the name POPOV in this list. This list is nothing without the name POPOV on it. And the 'Czar' doesn't need special suits nor other tricks like that to be the faster in his times.

    Sorry for the bad english...

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    1. You're absolutely right. Without Popov the list doesn't mean much. He won gold in Barcelona, Atlanta, Athens, Perth and Moscow. He won gold in so many World Championships I can't even remember. He should be front and center.

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  17. alex .m5:17 AM

    luv all great swimmers xo mch!

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  18. Anonymous1:53 AM

    i am the best swimmer

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  19. As for the best women's breaststroker, I'd go for Tracy Caulkins and don't forget Tracy McFarland, she swam within the Olympics and as a Masters. She additionally did a swim video with John Moffet.

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  20. Anonymous2:46 AM

    What about alex popov?

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  21. Anonymous3:14 AM

    the best swimmer ever is phelps and all of you who say different go die in a whole

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    1. Anonymous1:50 PM

      lol people like you who make me laugh at how naive you are

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    2. Anonymous12:14 PM

      i think we missed a couple of great american women, Tracy Caulkins, Janet Evans, and of course Dara Torres, If you go back and look at National, world records , Caulkins and Evans had many. There greatness was overshadowed by the 1980 boycott, and Torres, well hell, 1980 would have made another Olympics, and btw, DO NOT COUNT HER OUT IN LONDON! Momma can still sprint with the best of them...

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  22. Anonymous8:50 AM

    obviously Popov was just a fluke that did several world records by luck...

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  23. Anonymous6:36 AM

    big difference between sprinters and long distance swimmers. Tom Jager was a super fish.

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  24. Anonymous8:00 PM

    i said....
    i love fish ummmm...

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  25. Anonymous11:17 AM

    I LOVE Swimming :D

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  26. Are you people nuts, Janet Evans held all the distance swimming records for nearly 20 yrs!!!!!

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  27. Anonymous6:13 AM

    Micheal Phelps signature event is 200m Fly, not Free!

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  28. Anonymous3:01 PM

    michael phelps has 6 pet events and ian thorpe is a champ his suit wasn't even a fast skin and you r forgetting me on the list :)

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  29. Anonymous12:17 PM

    i am the best swimmer, but michael phelps comes close second

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  30. Anonymous12:17 PM

    All the american swimmers top up with relays. Biondi only won 2 individual golds. Popov & Van den Hoogenband won more individual but cos rest of their countries swimmers aren't as good, they are not given credit they deserve.

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  31. Anonymous2:51 AM

    Nah. Stupid rating. Stupid americans.

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  32. Anonymous6:52 AM

    americans suck

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    1. Anonymous11:33 AM

      yes yes they do

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    2. Anonymous1:51 PM

      Phelps is still a better swimmer than you ever will be, so by that logic you suck more than americans

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    3. Anonymous12:09 PM

      ya WE suck did you look in the mirror loser

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    4. Anonymous6:18 PM

      BITCH WHO THE FUCK U THINK U ARE AND IF YOU BLACK GO FUCK A BLACK GIRLS DICK CAUSE UH IM A FUCKIN AMERICAN AND IF U GOT A PROBLEM WITH DIS REPLY WRITE BACK DICK HEAD AND IF YO ASS CAME FROM SOME WHERE BESIDES INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA THAN FUCKIN LEAVE PRICK

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  33. Anonymous6:23 AM

    i like micheal phepls the best

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  34. Anonymous1:47 PM

    well Micheal Phelps smokes pod

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    1. Anonymous6:13 PM

      who the fuck cares and its fucking pot

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  35. no one better than phelps

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  36. Anonymous3:17 PM

    that was very helpful for my project

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  37. I am Fakhar,
    I can swimming like as wooden float in water.
    bye
    Fakhar

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  38. Anonymous6:14 PM

    Why all the talk about Johnny Weismuller's Tarzan career. Why not mention the fact that he was never beaten in a race for which he held the World Record and he held 50 odd world records in his time.

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  39. Anonymous12:07 PM

    all of you peeps suck

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  40. Anonymous12:08 PM

    hello peeps

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  41. Anonymous11:03 PM

    Where is Cesar cielo in in your list ???

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    1. Anonymous3:27 PM

      how would he be considered one of the best he is fast in two events only recently and only has one gold metal and tied for bronze in the last olympics and hasn't gone close to his world record times in a while

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  42. michelle roldan11:42 AM

    :) i love swimming and im so happpyyy to a swimmer hopelly one day i will be like this swimmers :)

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  43. Anonymous5:17 PM

    phelps is numer one and i hope to follow in his footsteps .

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  44. Anonymous5:18 PM

    phelps all the way(: and i hope to follow in his footsteps (besides smoking pot) haha

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  45. list made by an idiot

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  46. list made by an idiot

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    1. Anonymous6:43 PM

      YO ASS IS ABOUTS TO GET BEAT FUCKIN BITCH THIS IS A FUCKIN PLACE WHERE HE AND I CAN SAY WHAT EVER THE FUCK WE WANT TO SAY SO BACK THE FUCK OFF KUNT

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  47. Anonymous12:28 PM

    good list but you really shouldn't include a swimmer who won with the aid of drugs (kristin otto)......

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  48. Anonymous12:22 PM

    true
    h8 it wen pple do that its like so stupid

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  49. Where is Alexander Popov???

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  50. Anonymous2:48 PM

    WHERE IS RYAN LOCHTE!???

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  51. what about Eric the Eel?!
    http://www.theranktank.com/blog/2012/07/eric-the-eel/

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  52. Anonymous4:00 PM

    I THINK DANIEL HUNGER IS THE BEST OF TIME

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  53. Anonymous8:08 AM

    Any list of the The Top 10 Swimmers of All Time has to have the late, great Murray Rose in it. To genuine students of international swimming since the advent of the modern Olympics (1896) Rose, not Thorpe, is the greatest Australian male swimmer. Certainly Phelps has to be #1 on any Top 10 of All Time list. And Spitz has to be #2. I would rank Fraser at #3, Egerszegi at #4 and Rose at #5. But after that it gets very hard to separate a dozen or more great swimmers of different specialties and from different eras for the remaining five places on the list. (For what it’s worth, among the other Aussies contending for the list I would rate Gould ahead of Thorpe).

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  54. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Tamas Darnyi should be on that list too.

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  55. Anonymous11:13 AM

    swimmming is fun and it has money it is very fan

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  56. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Where is Michael Gross?

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  57. Anonymous1:47 PM

    hULK hOGAN?

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  58. Micheal Phelps is the greatest swimmer if all time!!!

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  59. Anonymous1:13 AM

    Phelps all the way

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  60. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Where is aaron peirsol on that list he won eery backstroke event from 2000 from 2009

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  61. Anonymous11:37 PM

    RYAN LOCTE FTW

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  62. Anonymous1:06 PM

    when you say swimmers... there are many of them who dominate their own fields..so by logic you cant really say who is the top then because if so, people like ian thorpe would be completely lost in a 200m breastroke to brendan hansen or micheal phelps to matt grever in a 100m backstroke and mark spitz would lose out to nathan adrian/ yannick agnel in freestyle or anybody coming close to Phelps in butterfly is clearly not happening ... so the list should be re-evaluated to the swimmer's signature events but if it's still about who won the most medals or world records.. then check statistics again cause since 2012.. only one person got the most in history and the most medals for 2012 games and i think he should be in the top ten( for swimmers)i mean for goodness sake its hard to beat 22 medals...isn't it?

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  63. Anonymous1:14 PM

    im not sure but you should probably add Missy franklin to that list becausYe at 17 , she got four golds and one bronze. Also maybe Ye Shiwen cause she blew away world record, phelp's and lochte's personal bests, and the world as well so good for her! (at age 16 too)

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  64. Anonymous3:22 PM

    let's not forget the greatest pre-Phelps IMer ever. Tamas Darnyi won himself 8 individual gold medals in both IMs over 2 Olympics and 2 worlds.

    he was undefeated in both events until his retirement (1985-92 for the 200 IM and 85-93 in the 400 IM). other than phelps, i don't know anyone who amassed such winning streaks in multiple events. and he did it with 1 1/2 eyes (he lost a lot of vision when he got hit by a snowball)

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    1. Anonymous4:18 AM

      Phelps has 22 olympic medals

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  65. Anonymous4:09 PM

    Anyone know anyone willing to help a community with a grant for a pool?

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  66. Anonymous4:17 AM

    People....
    Michael Phelps is in the top 1 !!!!!
    Why is he only 5th....
    He holds 4 world records and has 22 olypic medals!!!!
    Who else can beat that.....

    GO Phelps !!!!!!!!

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  67. Anonymous5:07 AM

    Michael phelps

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  68. Anonymous3:02 AM

    swimming is best thing, i want to achieve something huge like this all !!!!!!

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  69. Its very arguable that Phelps is the best ever...he also wore Nasa Speedo suit,and in my opinion he took gold from Milorad Cavic in Beijing 2008 for mili sec,and many think that Milorad won that race,there he steals that one,and broke Mark Spitz record...and maybe he is doping positive,who knows,american athletes do that very often,like Lance Armstrong for example,or Tyson Gay,Marion Jones...so for me he isn't best...most popular at the time was Thorpe,and for a reason,he swims like thorpedo... :)

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  70. some of u r really rude

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  71. Anonymous6:22 PM

    MY FRIEND WILL BEAT YO ASS BITCHES SO STOP FUCKIN TALKIN ABOUT FUCK AMERICAN CAUSE SHE IS AN INSIDE OUT OREO AND SHE ONE TO GO OFF ON BITCHES LIKE YALL DUMB ASSES

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  72. Anonymous5:16 PM

    grow up. this is for information of people who care. not for people who are act like 5 year olds. thank you a great post. Very informative.

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