Swimming is a category that requires a lot of physical fitness and capabilities. When it comes to the Olympics, each swimmer is no less than a fish. Here is the list of the top 5 Olympic swimmers in the history of 124 years.
1. Michael Phelps:
Undoubtedly one of the most famous and decorated Olympian of all time. Coming from the USA, Phelps is known as the gold digger and the fish of Olympic history. Phelps in his career has participated in 4 Olympics. His first appearance was in 2004 Athens Olympics, where he failed to show good performance. But in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps bagged 8 gold medals, which is the highest by any athlete across every format. Phelps continued his amazing performance in the 2012 London Olympics too. Phelps has a total of 28 Olympic medals in his bag and it includes 22 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. This makes him the highest medal bagger in the Olympic history so far.
2. Mark Spitz:
Mark Spitz is an Olympic swimmer from the USA, who is always known for his amazing performance in the 1972 Munich Olympic games. In that year Spitz bagged a total of 7 gold medals and all of them were world record performances. Spitz has appeared in the Olympics representing the USA for two times. It was in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. In his career Spitz has won a total of 11 Olympic medals including 9 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.
3. Jenny Thompson:
Jenny Thompson has represented the USA in a total of 4 Olympic games from 1992 Barcelona games to 2004 Athens Olympics. She has bagged a total of 12 Olympic medals in total. Considered as the best female swimmer of all time, Jenny won her last two medals after coming back from her retirement. She has a total of 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals in Olympic games.
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4. Matt Biondi:
A world famous swimmer as well as one of the greatest Olympic swimmers of all time, Matt Biondi also represented the USA in three different Olympic games. He represented his country from 1984 – 1992 in Olympic games. He has won gold medals in three different Olympic games. With a total of 12 medals including 8 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal he is the 4th highest medal bagger in Olympic aquatics history.
5. Ryan Lotche:
With Lotche being the 5th highest medal bagger of all time in Olympic aquatics the supremacy of USA in this category attains a complete form. Lotche has represented the USA in 3 Olympic games from 2004 to 2012. Lotche has also won a total of 11 Olympic medals, including 5 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals. Of these 5 gold medals, 3 came from relay events.
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