Who is faster Michael Phelps or Ian Thorpe?
At those 2003 World Championships, Phelps and Thorpe locked up in the 200 individual medley, hardly a strong event for the Aussie. Ultimately, Phelps prevailed by more than three seconds over Thorpe, the silver medalist.
Is Ian Thorpe the greatest swimmer of all time?
Phelps is widely known today as the greatest swimmer of all-time and there is no argument against him. But it was the 200 free at the 2007 World Championships that many believe is what propelled him over Thorpe as the greatest swimmer in history.
What did Ian Thorpe say about Michael Phelps?
“I may regret saying this, but I kind of wish Michael Phelps was kind of a little bit older,” Thorpe said on the podcast. “It would have challenged me. I would have had someone else there.” Phelps revered Thorpe’s ability to perform under pressure as a teenager.
How much did Ian Thorpe train?
Thorpe at that time was swimming as much as thirty miles every week. He expanded his training schedule once more, swimming as much as six hours per day and up to sixty-two miles per week. In those days he set a personal best of 4:10:66 in the 400-meter freestyle.
Who is the best Olympic swimmer of all time?
Michael Phelps is arguably the greatest Olympian of all time by sheer number of Olympic medals won. His 28 medals spanning five Games is unrivaled, and no other Olympic athlete comes close to his 23 gold medals. The 36-year-old Baltimore native is built for swimming.
Is Phelps better than Thorpe?
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where Phelps surpassed Spitz with an iconic 8-for-8 gold-medal performance, Phelps obliterated the opposition in the 200 freestyle, taking his world record down to 1:42.96. That time proved to be more than a second faster than anything Thorpe or van den Hoogenband ever produced.
Did Michael Phelps retire?
2016Michael Phelps / Career end
Phelps retired for good after the 2016 Rio Games, settling down with his wife and growing family in the Arizona desert. He still carries plenty of gravitas within the sport — most notably revealing his struggles with depression during his career — but the spotlight has been ceded to a worthy generation of successors.