10 Best Swimmers In The World, Men and Women

michael phelps the best american swimmer

Apart from the best badminton player in the world and also the best volleyball player in the world, in the sport of swimming there are also many outstanding athletes. Maybe when asked about who is the best swimmer in the world, it will automatically cross the name of Michael Phelps, but actually it’s not just he who is called the best swimmer in the world.

Michael Phelps (American)

michael phelps the best american swimmer
michael phelps

Of course the swimmer born in 1985 who came from America is included in the list of the names of the best swimmers in the world. It’s retired indeed, but we will not easily forget the 8 medals of each color he got in one match by winning 6 gold medals and 2 bronze medals.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he won 4 gold medals and 2 silver medals, then at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro he was able to collect 5 gold medals and 1 silver medal. No wonder he is called the best swimmer.

Katie Ledecky (United States)

Katie Ledecky
Katie Ledecky

This very young woman swimmer is from America and despite being 20 years old, she has won the World Championship title 14 times and also won five gold medals at the Olympics, making it the best in the history of women’s swimming.

2012 was the year she was 15 years old and his international debut at the London Olympics and surprisingly she was able to win a gold medal in the women’s 800 meter freestyle swimming meet. Even in the 2016 Olympics, 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 world records were also bagged and in total there have been 13 world records that she earned.

Ian Thorpe (Australia)

Ion Thorpe
Ion Thorpe

The Australian swimmer who is now 35 years old has indeed retired from swimming, but of course his achievements will not be easily forgotten. He won 5 gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Not only that, he also successfully became the first swimmer who won 6 gold medals at a World Championship event.

When he was 14 years old, he became the youngest male swimmer to represent Australia for the 400-meter freestyle race at the 1998 Perth World Championships. Because of his super-fast freestyle swimming technique, he also earned the nickname Thorpedo.

Rebecca Soni

Rebecca Soni
Rebecca Soni

The next best female swimmer is Rebecca Soni, who is now 32 years old and has become a former professional swimmer specializing in breaststroke swimming techniques. For the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke, Soni is a former world record holder.

In addition, Rebecca Soni was the first female swimmer to swim using a 200-meter breaststroke in less than 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Being part of the United States national team, she just holds the world record in the 4 x 100 meter long track medley relay.

Ryan Lochte (American)

Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte

One more American swimmer who’s also counted as the best swimmer in the world is Ryan Lochte who managed to hold the world record in the 4x200m freestyle event and also the 4x100m freestyle relay as part of the US national team. In 2013 he was also awarded the SwimSwam’s Swammy Award for the US Male Swimmer of the Year category and also the World Swimmer of the Year Award twice.

For international swimming competitions, Lochte is known to have collected 90 medals, such as the World Championships, Pan American, Pan Pacific, and also medals from the Olympics. Although considered a rival to Michael Phelps, both of them were in fact good friends.

Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)

Katinka Hosszu
Katinka Hosszu

This 30-year-old Hungarian woman swimmer is a competitive swimmer and is known for specializing in individual medley events and specialists in backstroke swimming techniques. She is also known to be the world record holder for the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 100 meter backstroke and 200 meter backstroke medley.

The 2013 Female Swimmer of the Year award and the 2014 FINA Swimmer of the Year award were given to her and this is proof that she is one of the most amazing female swimmers. For being a versatile and reliable swimmer, she also earned the nickname Iron Lady.

Mark Spitz (American)

Mark Spitz
Mark Spitz

Former competitive American swimmer who is now 69 years old is also included in the ranks of the best swimmers because he was able to win gold medals 7 times at the Summer Olympics in Munich in 1972 which has now been broken by Michael Phelps who won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Between 1968 and 1972 Spitz was able to break 35 world records and won 5 Pan American gold medals, 9 Olympic medals (gold, silver and bronze), 8 National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. Spitz became the third swimming athlete to win 9 gold medal.

Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden)

Sarah Sjostrom
Sarah Sjostrom

Another best woman swimmer is Sarah Sjostrom, who is still 26 years old but is a specialist in freestyle and butterfly swimming techniques. She also became the first female swimmer to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

Sjostrom is a female swimmer who is also known to be the world record holder for the 100 meter butterfly, 50 meter butterfly, 200 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, and 50 meter freestyle. At the age of 14, she won a gold medal at the 2008 European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands for the women’s 100 meter butterfly style race.

Matt Biondi (United States)

Matt Biondi
Matt Biondi

This former American swimmer born in 1965 has won 11 Olympic championship titles. His participation in the Summer Olympics in 1984, 1988 and 1992 were able to prove his ability with the results of 3 world records of 50 meters freestyle and 4 world records for 100 meters freestyle.

In 1988 he also gave a stunning appearance and won 5 gold medals while competing in the Seoul Olympic Games; not only that, he also broke the world record in 3 consecutive events and 50 meters freestyle race. He is also known to work as a school teacher and become a swimming coach.

Leisel Jones (Australia)

Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones

Former swimmer who is now 34 years old is also a gold medalist at the Australian Olympics. In 2012, she was selected to participate and compete directly at the Summer Olympics that year and became the first Australian swimmer to compete in 4 Olympic games.

At that event she succeeded in pocketing the 9th Olympic medal and 1 silver medal at the 4×100 meter medley relay. Leisel Jones is also known as one of the greatest breaststroke swimmers because she is famous for his amazing classical breaststroke techniques.

In addition to the names of the world’s best swimmers I mentioned before, there are clearly Grant Hackett, Alexander Popov, Kristin Otto, Krisztina Egerszegi and legend Johnny Weissmuller who can be added to the list with a series of unforgettable great achievements.

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