Swimming Career Highlights
Ian Thorpe, Australia Born : 1982 in Sydney. The precocious teenager representing Australia at 14 and for nearly a decade was the best freestyle swimmer. "The Thorpedo" was named World Swimmer of the Year 4 times and held world records in 200 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres. His slow languid strokes disguised the speed and awesome power of his swimming. In the 2001 World Championships he achieved 6 Gold Medals and he repeated the feat in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Double Olympic champion at 400 metres Freestyle and also 200 metres Freestyle champion in Athens.

 

Titles (Long Course)

1998:
Commonwealth: 200 Metres Freestyle; 400 metres Freestyle;

4 x 100 Freestyle relay; 4 x 200 Freestyle relay
World: 400 metres Freestyle; 4 x 200 Freestyle relay
World Swimmer of the Year
1999:
Pan Pacific: 200 metres Freestyle; 400 metres Freestyle;
4 x 100 Freestyle relay; 4 x 200 Freestyle relay
World Swimmer of the Year
2000:

Olympics: 400 metres Freestyle; 4 x 100 Freestyle relay;
4 x 200 Freestyle relay
2001:
World: 200 metres Freestyle; 400 metres Freestyle; 800 metres Freestyle
4 x 100 Freestyle relay; 4 x 200 Freestyle relay; 4 x 100 Medley relay
World Swimmer of the Year
2002:
Commonwealth: 100 metres Freestyle; 200 metres Freestyle;
400 metres Freestyle;
4 x 100 Freestyle relay; 4 x 200 Freestyle relay
Pan Pacific: 100 metres Freestyle; 200 metres Freestyle;
400 metres Freestyle; 4 x 100 Freestyle relay; 4 x 200 Freestyle relay
World Swimmer of the Year
2003:
World: 200 metres Freestyle; 400 metres Freestyle;
4 x 200 Freestyle relay
2004:
Olympics: 200 metres Freestyle; 400 metres Freestyle


World Records (Long Course)

1999:
200 metres Freestyle: 1.46.34; 1.46.00
400 metres Freestyle: 3.41.83
2000:
200 metres Freestyle: 1.45.69; 1.45.51
400 metres Freestyle: 3.41.33; 3.40.59
2001:
200 metres Freestyle: 1.44.69; 1.44.06
400 metres Freestyle: 3.40.17
800 metres Freestyle: 7.39.16
2002:
400 metres Freestyle: 3.40.08

Titles (Short Course)

1999:
World: 200 metres Freestyle

World Records (Short Course)

1998:
400 metres Freestyle: 3.39.82
1999:
200 metres Freestyle: 1.43.28
2000:
200 metres Freestyle: 1.42.54; 1.41.10