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Franziska van Almsick – Famous Swimmer


Full Name: Franziska van Almsick

Date of Birth: 5 th April, 1978

Country: Germany

Sport involved in: Aquatics—Swimming

Achievements made:

  • Winner of silver medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter medley relay events at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
  • Bronze medalist in the 100 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter freestyle relay events in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Silver medal winner in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
  • Winner of bronze medal in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Winner of bronze medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
  • Bronze medal winner in the 4x100 meter medley relay and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events in the 2004 Athens Summer Games
  • Chosen the “Female World Swimmer of the Year” by Swimming World magazine in 1993
  • Career: Franziska van Almsick started her swimming career when she was only five years old. At the age of 14, van Almsick participated in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games . In the Games, she won two silver medals and two bronze medals. In the 1994 World Championships, van Almsick broke the world record in the 200 meter freestyle event with a time of 1:56.78 seconds. In 2002, she improved the record yet again. Currently, she holds the world record in the event. In the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games , van Almsick won two silver medals and one bronze medal in various swimming events. In her next appearance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics , she managed to win only one bronze medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event. Van Almsick won two bronze medals in the 2004 Athens Summer Games , her last Games. She retired from the sport after the 2004 Olympics.

    Performance at the Olympics: Franziska van Almsick participated in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics , when she was 14 years old. In the competition, she won two silver medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter medley relay events. Van Almsick lost the 200 meter freestyle event by only 15 centimeters. In the 100 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter freestyle relay events, she won two bronze medals. She also competed in the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly events. In the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games , van Almsick won two silver medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. She lost to Claudia Poll of Costa Rica in the 200 meter freestyle event. She also won one bronze medal in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay event. In the 100 meter freestyle event, she finished fifth and in the medley relay event, she finished sixth. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Games , van Almsick participated in the 4x100meter relay, 200 meter freestyle, 200 meter butterfly and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. She won her only bronze medal of the 2000 Olympics in the 4x200meter freestyle relay event. In the 2004 Athens Summer Games , van Almsick won two more bronze medals of her career in the 4x200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter medley relay competitions. She finished fifth in the 200 meter freestyle event and in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay, her team finished fourth.

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