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Category: Swimming


Girl Wonder

Shane Gould was an unexplained and remarkable phenomenon in the 70′ competitive swimming world. When she was 6 years old, her talent as a swimmer was already discovered. In Jan 1972, when she was only 15, Gould set a new world record in 100m’ freestyle, clocking – 58.5 sec, 0.4 sec. faster than the previous time.

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Matthes vs. Matthes

The East German swimmer Roland Matthes breaks his own world record in 100m backstroke, when he clocks it on 56.6 sec. Only a day later, Matthes does it again – in the 4x100m medley backstroke swim, he finishes his 100m in a new world record time – 56.3 sec.

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Caren Metschuck

Metschuck’s Record

The East German swimmer Caren Metschuck, sets a new world record in 50m’ (in a Short course) – 25.8 seconds. Metschuck made her record time in a international event held in Florida.

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Rebecca Soni

Rebecca Soni 2:19.59

She may look like a young American sweetheart, but when it comes to the pool Rebecca Soni doesn’t take any prisoners and aims always to be the best. She made that clear again in London 2012, as she imitated her achievement in Beijing 2008 and won the gold in 200m breaststroke. By doing so Soni also set a new world record (she also set the previous record) time- 2:19.59.

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Royalty in the Pool

07/12/1912- 1912 Stockholm: Hawaiian prince and the swimmer, Faaoah “Duke” Kahanmko, wins an Olympic gold medal in 100m freestyle swimming. Kahanmko was also an excellent wave surfer.

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Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny gets the gold

Johnny Weissmuller conquers the Olympic pool in Paris 1924 by wining 3 gold medals (100m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle). In each event Weissmuller sets a new world record.

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Gertrude Adderley on her way to greatness, 1926

Gertrude Swims

American swimmer Gertrude Ederle (winner of Olympic gold medal), swims across the English Channel. Ederle sets a new record time – 14 hours and 31 min. improvement of about 2 hours the previous record.

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Inge de Bruijn

De Bruijn Gold

Sydney Olympic games: Inge de Bruijn makes a phenomenal comeback to the Olympic pool. She wins the gold in: 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, and sets new world records in each of those events.

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Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard Wins

Athens: Amanda Beard becomes a swimming pool queen when she gets the gold and sets a world record in 200m breaststroke – 2:22.44 min. Beard also won the silver in 200m indie medley and the 4x100m medley relay.

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