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Ian Thorpe - Famous Swimmer


Full Name: Ian James Thorpe

Date of Birth: 13 th October, 1982

Country: Australia

Sport involved in: Aquatics—Swimming

Achievements made:

  • Gold medalist in the 400 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships
  • Winner of gold medals in the 400 meter and 200 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
  • Winner of gold medals in the 400 meter and 200 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 1999 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships
  • Gold medalist in the 400 meter freestyle event at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
  • Winner of gold medals in the 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
  • Silver medal winner in the 200 meter freestyle event at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
  • Silver medalist in the 4x100 meter medley relay at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics
  • Gold medal winner in the 800 meter, 400 meter and 200 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter medley relay, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships
  • Winner of gold medals in the 400 meter, 200 meter and 100 meter freestyle, 4x100 medley relay, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle events at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
  • Silver medalist in the 100 meter backstroke event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
  • Gold medal winner in the 400 meter, 200 meter and 100 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships
  • Silver medalist in the 4x100 meter medley relay event at the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships
  • Gold medal winner in the 400 meter and 200 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships
  • Silver medal winner in the 200 meter individual medley event at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships
  • Bronze medalist in the 100 meter freestyle event at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships
  • Winner of gold medals in the 200 meter and 400 meter freestyle events at the 2004 Athens Summer Games
  • Silver medalist in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event at the 2004 Athens Summer Games
  • Winner of bronze medal in the 100 meter freestyle event at the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Chosen the “Australian Swimmer of the Year” in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003
  • Chosen the “Male World Swimmer of the Year” by Swimming World Magazine in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002
  • Career: Ian Thorpe started his swimming career at an early age of 5. At the age of 13, Thorpe participated at his first National Age Championships and won bronze medals in the 200 meter and 400 meter freestyle events. He represented Australia when he was only 14 years old and became the youngest man to do so. In 1998, he competed at the World Aquatics Championships. Winning the gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle event in the competition, Thorpe became the youngest swimmer to win a world title. He also won one gold medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event. Thorpe competed at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. With his victory in the 200 meter freestyle event, Thorpe secured his first national title. In the Commonwealth Games, he won three more gold medals in the 400 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. In the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event, Thorpe and his teammates broke the existing world record by 0.09 seconds. The 1999 Pan Pacific Championships was the first international appearance of Thorpe in his home town. In the competition he won four gold medals in the 400meter and 200 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. In the 400 meter freestyle event, Thorpe set a new world record by finishing in just 3:41.83 seconds. In the semifinal of the 200 meter freestyle event, he set another world record with a time of 1:46.34 seconds. He finished the final of the 200 meter freestyle event in just 1:46.0 seconds improving the world record. The 4x200 meter freestyle relay event was finished in a world record setting time of just 7:08.70 seconds. In January of 2000, Thorpe won the 1500 meter freestyle event at the New South Wales Championships. During the Olympic trials for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Thorpe improved his world record in the 400 meter freestyle event with a timing of 3:41.33 seconds. He also improved his record in the 200 meter freestyle event twice during the trial. He finished the final of the 200 meter freestyle event in 1:45.51 seconds. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Games , Thorpe won three gold medals in the 400 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. He also won two silver medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter medley relay events. During the Olympic swimming competition Thorpe and his Australian relay team set a new world record in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay event. The Australian team also improved their world record in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event with a timing of 7:07.05 seconds. Thorpe competed at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships and won six gold medals in the 800 meter, 400 meter and 200 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter medley relay, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events in the competition. During the World Championships, he set a new world record in the 200 meter freestyle event with a timing of 1:44.06 seconds. In the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event, the Australian team once more improved their world record with a time of 7:04.66 seconds. In 2002, Thorpe participated at the Commonwealth Games and the Pan Pacific Championships. In the 2002 Commonwealth Games, he won six gold medals in the 400 meter, 200 meter and 100 meter freestyle, 4x100 medley relay, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle events. In the process, he again set world record in the 400 meter freestyle event by finishing in just 3:40.08 seconds. He also won one silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 100 meter backstroke event. At the Pan Pacific Championships, Thorpe won five gold medals in the 400 meter, 200 meter and 100 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. He was also the silver medalist in the 4x100 meter medley relay event. In 2003, at the World Aquatics Championships, Thorpe won three gold medals in the 400 meter and 200 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. He also won one silver medal in the 200 meter individual medley and one bronze medal in the 100 meter freestyle event. In the 2004 Athens Summer Games , Thorpe became gold medalist in the 200 meter and 400 meter freestyle events. In the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event, he won one silver medal and in the 100 meter freestyle event he won bronze medal. Thorpe took a break of 17 months from competitive swimming after the 2004 Summer Games. For this reason he did not compete in the 2005 World Aquatics Championships. Coming back from break, Thorpe qualified for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. However, he withdrew his name from the Games owing to bronchitis. He did not even participate at the 2006 World Aquatics Championships. The disease is likely to hamper the rest of Thorpe's swimming career.

    Performance at the Olympics: Ian Thorpe's first appearance at the Olympics was in the 2000 Sydney Summer Games , when he was only 17 years old. In the Games, he won three gold medals in the 400 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. In the 400 meter freestyle event, Thorpe broke his own world record. In the 4x100 meter freestyle relay event, he swam the anchor leg of the event to earn his second gold medal in the Olympics. In the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event Thorpe went on to win his third Olympic title, swimming the lead off leg. He also won two silver medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter medley relay events. In the 200 meter freestyle event he was defeated by Pieter van den Hoogenband. In his second appearance at the 2004 Athens Summer Games , Thorpe won gold medals in the 200 meter and 400 meter freestyle events. In the 200 meter freestyle event, he set a new Olympic record with 1:44.71 seconds defeating Michael Phelps and Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband. In the 4x200 meter freestyle relay event, he won one silver medal. Thorpe won another bronze medal in the 100 meter freestyle event and became the first athlete to win the 100-200-400 combination in the Olympics since 1904.

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