In 1912, in Stockholm Sweden, the first Olympics for women swimmers took place. Australian sportswomen Fanny Durex won the 100 meters in the freestyle race. Britain's women's team won the four by 100 race.
The hero of the 1929 Olympic Games was American swimmer Blabetory. She won three gold medals which was all that was possible for her to win for women swimmers. And, she held three world records at the same time.
In 1956, in Melbourne, the swim program changed. A butterfly was introduced as a separate style and was added to the Olympic program. It was a 100 meter race for women swimmers and 200 meter race for men swimmers. American swimmers showed the best results in the new program. Young Dawn Frasser won two medals. Later, she won two Olympics and became the first woman swimmer to win three Olympics. And, then she became the first woman swimmer to break a barrier in the one minute 100 meter race.
In 2001, ten Olympic berths were given to ten great sportsmen. Among them there was Kristina Egerszegi from Hungary. She won the most number of gold medals in the Olympics in a single event. In 1996, in Atlanta, she became the second woman swimmer to win the same event three times. It was the 200 meter backstroke.
The ceremony took place in Lausanne in the museum of the Olympic Games. Let's remind you that the awards usually go to people whose activities are the symbol of the Olympic ideal, who have achieved notable results and who has influenced the development of the Olympics.
Kristin Otto from Germany won the greatest amount of gold medals in the Olympics. She won six medals in 1988 in Seoul and broke four world records at the same time.
The most authoritative magazine named Australian sportswoman Leisel Jones the best woman swimmer of 2005. She promised to justify their hopes and to hold at least one world record in 2006. When she was interviewed by The Australian, she said that she planned to improve on the record of Jessica Hardy at the 100 meter distance in the breast-stroke in Melbourne in March.
The world record at the distance of 100 meters is my goal at this time, said the 20 year old Jones. To improve on the record of Jessica Hardy, it is necessary to improve my personal results by 0.01. I think that I will be able to show better results. Let's remind you that Leisel Jones swam the 100 meter breast-stroke in 1:06:25. When competing with the United States team, she swam the better result of 1:06:21. In both cases, she was faster than Jessica Hardy. As we have seen, the Australian sportswomen improves her times every start.
The second one among women swimmers is Ukrainian sportsman Jana Klochlova. She is the master of all swimming styles. But, a complex race is her favorite races. She has been in the elite world of women swimmers for many years. Now, she has four gold medals from the Olympic Games.
American swimmer, Janet Evans is one of the women's swimmers who have won the most prizes in the swimming world. She is first among women swimmers to break the barrier of 16 minutes of the 1500 meters race.
She was the champion in the 1988 Seoul Olympics where she won three gold medals. In 1996, she retired from competitive swimming. Please read more about her on her website.