What is your favourite international Olympic swimming moment?
In an event dubbed swimming’s Race of the Century, Australian Ian Thorpe wins the 200m freestyle at Athens 2004, defeating defending champion Pieter van den Hoogenband and Michael Phelps.
Michael Phelps wins all eight events he enters at Beijing 2008, surpassing fellow American Mark Spitz for the most gold medals won at a single Olympic Games.
Australian Dawn Fraser wins the 100m freestyle at Tokyo 1964 to become the first swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Games.
Eric the Eel Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea becomes a fan favourite at Sydney 2000, just eight months after learning to swim, competing in a solo heat of the 100m freestyle in the first 50m pool he had ever seen.
15-year-old Katie Ledecky drops five seconds off her lifetime best in the 800m freestyle to beat out a field of veterans to win gold at London 2012.
Dara Torres qualifies for Beijing 2008 at the age of 41, making her the oldest American swimmer in Olympic history and the first to compete in five Olympic Games; she becomes the oldest swimmer to win an Olympic medal when the women’s 4x100 freestyle relay team wins silver.
American Mark Spitz becomes the first athlete to win seven gold medals at one Olympic Games at Munich 1972.
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