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Pieter van den Hoogenband – Famous Swimmer


Full Name: Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband

Date of Birth: 14 th March, 1978

Country: The Netherlands

Sport involved in: Aquatics—Swimming

Career: Pieter Van Den Hoogenband started swimming at an early age. In 1993, Van Den Hoogenband achieved the first success of his swimming career at the European Youth Olympic Days. His first international appearance was at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. In the Games, in both the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle swimming events Van Den Hoogenband finished in the fourth position. In the 1999 European Championships, he won six gold medals in various swimming events. Van Den Hoogenband participated at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games as a favorite for Olympic swimming titles. In the Games, he won tow gold medals and two bronze medals. He participated in the 2001 Aquatics World Championships. There he won four silver medals in the 50 meter, 100meter and 200 meter freestyle and 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay events. In his third appearance at the 2004 Athens Summer Games , Van Den Hoogenband won one gold medal and two silver medals in the swimming competition.

Achievements made:

  • Winner of six gold medals in the 1999 European Championships
  • Winner of gold medals in the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle events at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
  • Bronze medal winner in the 50 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
  • Winner of four silver medals in the 50 meter, 100meter and 200 meter freestyle and 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay events at the 2001 Aquatics World Championships
  • Gold medalist in the 100 meter freestyle swimming competition at the 2004 Athens Summer Games
  • Winner of silver medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter freestyle relay events at the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Chosen the “Male World Swimmer of the Year” by Swimming World magazine in 2000
  • Current world record holder in the 100 meter freestyle swimming event (47.84 seconds)
Performance at the Olympics: Pieter Van Den Hoogenband appeared at the Olympics for the first time in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. In the games, he finished in the fourth position in the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle swimming events. In his second appearance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics , Van Den Hoogenband entered as the top contender for gold medals in the swimming events. This time he won two gold medals in the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle events. In the semifinal of the 200 meter freestyle event, Van Den Hoogenband broke the world record of Ian Thorpe. In the final of the 200 meter freestyle event, he defeated Ian Thorpe and won his first Olympic title. He also broke the world record in the semifinals of the 100 meter freestyle event. In the final he defeated Alexander Popov, the defending champion. Van Den Hoogenband also won two bronze medals in the 50 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events during the competition. In the 2004 Athens Summer Games , Van Den Hoogenband participated for the last time. This time he won gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle event, beating Roland Schoeman by only about ten centimeters. He also won silver medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter freestyle relay events.

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