A Glittering Career (Part 3)

21 10 2012

Ian’s first International competition was in 1997, the Pan-Pacific meet when he finished second in the 400 freestyle. He was then 14 years old.

A young talented individual from a young age and the youngest swimming athlete from Australia. The pressure on Ian must have been intense from this young age as he entered the 1998 World Championships he won both the 200 and 400 freestyle.

He became the media darling of Australia going into the Sydney 2000 Olympics, immense pressure from a young age and an international world breaking athlete saw Ian dominate 2000 Sydney Olympics in his own Country.

He won three gold medals at the 2000 Olympic Games, but his only individual title was in the 400 free, as he finished second in the 200 freestyle. With three relay medals, he won five Olympic medals at the Sydney Games.

Australia’s Greatest Swimmer…

The 2001 World Championships Ian achieved the 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle events, all in world record times an incredible achievement. He also swam on three winning relay teams.

Ian became the first person to win six gold medals at a single World Championship.

At the 2002 Pan-Pacific meet, Thorpe won five titles – three individual in the 100, 200, and 400 freestyles, and two relay championships. He has set 13 individual world records (through 2006).

Although slightly overshadowed by Michael Phelps, Thorpe won four more Olympic medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, with gold’s in the 200 and 400 metre freestyles.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/swimming/5402568.stm

The Best of Ian Thorpe… His Glittering Swimming Career

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