People have been swimming since the Stone Ages. As time passed, swimming became a competitive sport. Swimming combines passion, skill, athleticism, and dedication. A popular sport around the world, there are many contenders for the best swimmers. Here is a list of the top ten swimmers in the world.
10. Grant Hackett
Born in 1980, Grant Hackett is a competitive Australian swimmer. He is the only swimmer to win a world title in one event four times in a row. Hackett has won 10 world championship gold medals.
9. Kristin Otto
A German swimmer, Otto was born in 1966. She was the first woman to win six gold medals at the 1988 Olympic Games. She was also the first woman to swim the 100m backstroke in under a minute.
8. Shane Gould
An Australian swimmer born in 1956, Gould retired when he was 16 years old. In the 1972 Olympics, he won a total of 5 medals, 3 of them gold. He was awarded the Australian of the Year in 1972 and the Best Sportsman of the World in 1971.
7. Krisztina Egerszegi
Known as the backstroke queen, Egerszegi is a Hungarian swimmer born in 1974. A total of three Olympic competitions left Egerszegi with 7 medals. She also broke the world record for the 200m backstroke.
6. Ian Thorpe
Born in 1982, Thorpe is an Australian freestyle swimmer. He won 11 World Championship gold medals. He was named the Swimming World Swimmer of the Year four times, and the Australian Swimmer of the Year from 1999-2003