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Ian Thorpe

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 9
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameIan James•Thorpe
Used nameIan•Thorpe
Nick/petnamesThorpedo
Born13 October 1982 in Milperra, New South Wales (AUS)
Measurements196 cm / 104 kg
AffiliationsSLC Aquadot, Sydney
NOC Australia

Biography

Ian Thorpe first came to International prominence at the 1997 Pan-Pacific meet when he finished second in the 400 freestyle. He was then 14 years old. At the 1998 World Championships he won both the 200 and 400 freestyle, and was the media darling of Australia going into the Sydney 2000 Olympics. 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. At the 2001 World Championships, he won the 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle events, all in world record times, and also swam on three winning relay teams, becoming 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 golds in the 200 and 400 metre freestyles.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Ian Thorpe
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Ian Thorpe
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 6
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2000 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony AUS Ian Thorpe

Special Notes