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Who Will Be Swimming World’s 2017 World Swimmers of the Year?

Every Year on the grounds that 1964, Swimming World has mentioned the highest athletes in our recreation by way of vote casting for the World Swimmers of the Yr. The awards multiplied to include the Americas and European Areas in 1980, Pacific Rim in 1995, and Africa in 2004.  A panel of 15 contributors, both nationwide and international, participated in the 2017 balloting course of. In anticipation of the release of the December problem we at Swimming World would favor to take a look again at PREVIOUS winners.

(Editor’s note: In 2013 Swimming World stripped the East German athletes, who have been systematically doped in the 1970s and ’80s, from their World and European Swimmer of the Year titles).

2016 Winners: Katie Ledecky & Michael Phelps


Picture Courtesy: Peter Casey-U.S. LATELY Sports

To the surprise of no one, Katie Ledecky was unanimously selected as Swimming World’s Feminine World Swimmer of the 12 Months for the fourth consecutive Year. The Only other woman to match that feat was Janet Evans from 1987 to 1990.

Ledecky additionally earned her fourth Feminine American Swimmer of the Year award. Handiest five-time winner Evans (1987-91) has more. Lady Ledecky can now legitimately lay declare to being probably the most dominant Feminine aquatic athlete on the planet.

To cement her declare to that title, Ledecky set a bold problem for herself on the Rio Olympics: win the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. In A Hundred-plus years of Olympic swimming, Handiest Debbie Meyer had taken that trifecta. And that used to be in 1968—48 years in the past.

Her closing medal tally (four golds, one silver) made for the most decorated single-Olympics efficiency through a U.S. Feminine athlete when it comes to gold medals.


Picture Courtesy: Peter Casey-U.S.A. THESE DAYS Sports

For the eighth time in his legendary career, Michael Phelps was named Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Yr. Phelps has now won the award in each of the previous 4 Olympic years, and this honor came Thirteen years after he first received the award in 2003. His eight awards double the overall of the swimmer with the next most titles, Australia’s Ian Thorpe. Phelps also captured Male American Swimmer of the Yr honors for the 11th time, additionally a document.

Phelps concluded the 2016 Rio Olympics with the aid of including another six medals to his assortment (5 gold and one silver) and received an extended-standing ovation from the group on the Olympic Aquatic Middle following his ultimate race of his fifth Olympics.

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Yr Ladies Males
2016 Katie Ledecky, USA Michael Phelps, U.S.A.
2015 Katie Ledecky, U.S. Adam Peaty, GBR
2014 Katie Ledecky, U.S. Kosuke Hagino, JPN
2013 Katie Ledecky, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Solar Yang, CHN
2012 Missy Franklin, U.S. Michael Phelps, UNITED STATES
2010 Rebecca Soni, USA Ryan Lochte, U.S.
2009 Federica Pellegrini, ITA Michael Phelps, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
2008 Stephanie Rice, AUS Michael Phelps, UNITED STATES
2007 Laure Manaudou, FRA Michael Phelps, U.S.A.
2006 Leisel Jones, AUS Michael Phelps, UNITED STATES
2005 Leisel Jones, AUS Supply Hackett, AUS
2004 Yana Klochkova, UKR Michael Phelps, UNITED STATES
2003 Hannah Stockbauer, GER Michael Phelps, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
2002 Natalie Coughlin, U.S.A. Ian Thorpe, AUS
2001 Inge De Bruijn, NED Ian Thorpe, AUS
2000 Inge De Bruijn, NED Pieter van den Hoogenband, NED
1999 Penny Heyns, RSA Ian Thorpe, AUS
1998 Jenny Thompson, U.S.A. Ian Thorpe, AUS
1997 Claudia Ballot, CRC Michael Klim, Aus
1996 Penny Heyns, RSA Denis Pankratov, RUS
1995 Kristina Egerszegi, HUN Denis Pankratov, RUS
1994 Samantha Riley, AUS Kieren Perkins, AUS
1993 Franziska Van Almsick, GER Karoly Guttler, HUN
1992 Kristina Egerszegi, HUN Egveni Sadovyi, U.S.A.3383389814)
1991 Kristina Egerszegi, HUN Tamas Darnyi, HUN
1990 Janet Evans, U.S. Mike Barrowman, USA
1989 Janet Evans, USA Mike Barrowman, U.S.
1988 Janet Evans, U.S.,  Kristin Otto, GDR  * Matt Biondi, U.S.
1987 Janet Evans, UNITED STATES Tamas Darnyi, HUN
1986 Mary T. Meagher, USA,  Kristin Otto, GDR * Matt Biondi, AMERICA
1985 Mary T. Meagher, U.S. Michael Gross, FRG
1984 Tiffany Cohen, AMERICA,  Kristin Otto, GDR  * Alex Baumann, CAN
1983 Tiffany Cohen, U.S.A.,  Ute Geweniger, GDR * Rick Carey, USA
1982 Tracy Caulkins, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,  Petra Schneider, GDR  * Vladimir Salnikov, UNITED STATES3383389814)
1981 Mary T. Meagher, USA Alex Baumann, CAN
1980 Tracy Caulkins, U.S.A.,  Petra Schneider, GDR  * Rowdy Gaines, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1979 Cynthia Woodhead, U.S. Vladimir Salnikov, UNITED STATES3383389814)
1978 Tracy Caulkins, U.S.A. Jesse Vassallo, U.S.
1977 Wendy Boglioli, U.S.A.,  Ulrike Tauber, GDR * Brian Goodell, U.S.A.
1976 Shirley Babashoff, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,  Kornelia Ender, GDR  * John Naber, U.S.
1975 Shirley Babashoff, USA,  Kornelia Ender, GDR  * Tim Shaw, USA
1974 Shirley Babashoff, UNITED STATES,  Ulrike Tauber, GDR  * Tim Shaw, UNITED STATES
1973 Novella Calligaris, ITA,  Kornelia Ender, GDR  * Rick DeMont, U.S.
1972 Shane Gould, AUS Mark Spitz, U.S.
1971 Shane Gould, AUS Mark Spitz, U.S.A.
1970 Alice Jones, AMERICA Gary Hall, UNITED STATES
1969 Debbie Meyer, U.S.A. Gary Hall, USA
1968 Debbie Meyer, USA Charles Hickcox, AMERICA
1965 Martha Randall, AMERICA Dick Roth, U.S.A.
1964 N/A Don Schollander, USA

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