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The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History


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Acknowledgments Introduction A Quick Look at the Top 100 1: Michael Phelps 2: Mark Spitz 3: Katie Ledecky 4: Tracy Caulkins 5: Krisztina Egerszegi 6: Janet Evans 7: Dawn Fraser 8: Johnny Weissmuller 9: Ian Thorpe 10: Matt Biondi 11: Shane Gould 12: Don Schollander 13: Tamas Darnyi 14: Mary T. Meagher 15: Ryan Lochte 16: Kornelia Ender 17: Alexander Popov 18: Debbie Meyer 19: Roland Matthes 20: Vladimir Salnikov 21: Grant Hackett 22: Murray Rose 23: Kristin Otto 24: Aaron Peirsol 25: Michael Gross 26: Inge de Bruijn 27: Natalie Coughlin 28: Kosuke Kitajima 29: Duke Kahanamoku 30: Shirley Babashoff 31: Leisel Jones 32: Yana Klochkova 33: Claudia Kolb 34: Kieren Perkins 35: Ragnhild Hveger 36: Pieter van den Hoogenband 37: Jenny Thompson 38: John Naber 39: Kirsty Coventry 40: Sun Yang 41: Helene Madison 42: Adolph Kiefer 43: Penny Heyns 44: Gary Hall Jr. 45: Rebecca Soni 46: Tom Dolan 47: Lorraine Crapp 48: Ethelda Bleibtrey 49: Mike Burton 50: Arne Borg 51: Charles Daniels 52: Donna de Varona 53: Mike Barrowman 54: Dara Torres 55: Sybil Bauer 56: Petra Schneider 57: John Hencken 58: David Wilkie 59: Tracey Wickham 60: Hendrika Mastenbroek 61: Tim Shaw 62: Galina Prozumenshchikova 63: Yoshiyuki Tsuruta 64: Charles Hickcox 65: Ann Curtis 66: John Konrads 67: Karen Muir 68: Alex Baumann 69: Fanny Durack 70: Susan O'Neill 71: Brian Goodell 72: Lenny Krayzelburg 73: Gunnar Larsson 74: Martha Norelius 75: Katinka Hosszu 76: Anthony Ervin 77: Brooke Bennett 78: Denis Pankratov 79: Norman Ross 80: Petria Thomas 81: Amanda Beard 82: Andrew Charlton 83: Gary Hall Sr. 84: Cynthia Woodhead 85: Zoltan Halmay 86: Henry Taylor 87: Adam Peaty 88: Libby Trickett 89: Ada Kok 90: Jim Montgomery 91: Sarah Sjostrom 92 : Laszlo Cseh 93: Jonty Skinner 94: Norbert Rozsa 95: Rowdy Gaines 96: Rick Carey 97: Bruce Furniss 98: Victor Davis 99: Martin Zubero 100: Brendan Hansen Under Consideration Coaching Greats Appendix A: The Male Rankings Appendix B: The Female Rankings Appendix C: The Top 100 by Country Appendix D: Olympic Medals by Country Appendix E: Olympic Medals by Individuals Appendix F: Olympic Medals, Male Appendix G: Olympic Medals, Female Appendix H: World Championships Medals by Individuals Appendix I: World Championships Medals, Male Appendix J: World Championships Medals, Female Bibliography Index About the Author

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John Lohn has served as the United States correspondent for SwimVortex and as the senior writer for Swimming World Magazine. He has covered the sport at the national and international levels since 2000, including the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Lohn is the author of Historical Dictionary of Competitive Swimming (2010), They Ruled the Pool: The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History (2013), and The Most Memorable Moments in Olympic Swimming (2014).


The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History provides good biographies for anyone interested in the history of swimming. The book is a revised edition, updating the selections to include recent Olympic champions. The additional appendixes help people find specific individuals and see a quick list of their top accomplishments. The biography selections come from over 100 years of swimming history and primarily focus on those who have set world or Olympic records. * CHOICE *

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