Top Ten Swimmers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Michael Phelps Michael Phelps Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals in three Olympiads.

Holds the fastest time in all events

He is AWESOME and so fast.

No one can beat this guy

I wanna be like him!

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2 Mark Spitz Mark Spitz Mark Andrew Spitz is an American former competitive swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events.
3 Ryan Lochte
4 Brenda Borgh Bartlett
5 Rebecca Adlington Rebecca Adlington
6 Missy Franklin
7 Sun Yang

Pretty good swimmer

8 Emma Hull
9 Ian James Thorpe

The most fastest swimer in Australia

10 Rebecca Soni

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Tamas Darnyi

Greatest swimmer in medley with 4 olympic gold medals and unbeatable for 8 years.

12 Matthew Nicholas Biondi
13 Grant Hackett
14 Johnny Weissmuller

Never beaten in any swimming event in his entire life...enough said.

15 Kristin Otto
16 Pieter van den Hoogenband

I met him once. He is so sweet. And such a great swimmer.

17 Ian Thorpe

We now know he was a steroid user who just never got caught. - quackerpacker

18 Jenny Elisabeth Thompson
19 Dawn Lorraine Fraser
20 Kimberly Vandenberg
21 Krisztina Egerszegi
22 Lenny Krayzelburg
23 Vladimir Salnikov

The "Tsar of the pool" set 12 world records freestyle swimming (400-1500m).

24 Sasha Menu Courey
25 Matt Biondi
26 Katie Ledecky

No one can even touch her in the pool! She's amazing and the queen of distance!

27 Inge de Bruijn
28 Shane Gould
29 Cameron McEvoy
30 Sandeep Sejwal
31 Martin Strel

He swam across the Amazon river, and it's hard to believe he swam the opposite of the current motion and that he got burned.

32 Diana Nyad

She was the 1st and Only person to swim from Cuba to Florida.
She spent nearly all her body energy and her life while doing it, and experienced the worst pain known to humans by Box Jellyfish.
It was like a Suicide Mission.

33 Yusra Mardini
34 Penny Oleksiak

Just Google her and you'll understand why she should be #1.

35 Mary Meagher

Great record woman and Olympic champion known as "madam butterfly".

36 Lewis Pugh

He swims in the coldest waters ever, the 1st to swim the North Pole, and he’s becoming the 1st to swim the length of the English Channel, from Land’s End to Dover.
He’s swimming to raise awareness about plastic pollution and climate change. - Gregory

37 Benoit Lecomte

He’s the 1st person to swim the entire Atlantic Ocean, and he becoming the 1st to swim the Pacfic.
He’s doing it to raise awareness of climate change. - Gregory

38 Kate Campbell
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1. Michael Phelps
2. Mark Spitz
3. Missy Franklin
1. Michael Phelps
2. Brenda Borgh Bartlett
3. Rebecca Adlington


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