Research Paper About Ian Thorpe

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IAN THORPE Ian James Thorpe is a well-known famous former swimmer. He has won 5 Olympic gold medals the most by any Australian. He has many honours such as winning the young Australian of the year in 2000 and having his own Aquatic and fitness centre named in his honour and he also does charity work. Ian Thorpe is born on the 13th of October in 1982 born in Sydney. Thorpe grew up in the suburb of Milperra and hailed from a sporting family. At five years of age Thorpe joined a swimming squad. He showed great skills for a swimmer with a powerful kick and a great dive. He was also a talented cricketer where he represented Bankstown District Cricket Club in Sydney's district competition. His sister was a swimmer as well. At 14 Thorpe competed at the …show more content…

Ian Thorpe made his international debut in June 1997. Thorpe placed fourth in his heat of the 200 m freestyle with a new personal best time of 1 min 51.46 s. His time was not good enough to qualify. In 1998 Thorpe competed in the world aquatic championships in Perth. He won 2 gold medals in the 400m and the 4x 200m relay. In 1998 Thorpe made it to the Australian team in the Commonwealth games in Kuala Lumpur. He won 4 gold medals in the 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 4x 200m freestyle relay which was a world record and the 4x100m freestyle relay. In 1999 Thorpe had a world record breaking phase. He broke the world record in the 200m freestyle winning gold in Hong Kong. In 1999 in the Pan Pacific in Sydney Thorpe broke three world records winning four gold medals. He broke the world

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