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The Best Male Swimmers Of All Time

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List of famous male swimmers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male swimmers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being swimmers. There are thousand of males working as swimmers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic swimmers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a swimmer then the people below should give you inspiration.

With people ranging from Nelson Mora to Christophe Kalfayan, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

While this isn't a list of all male swimmers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male swimmers?" and "Who are the best male swimmers?"
  • Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American retired competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). When he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps had already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals. At the 2012...  more
    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Towson, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Ryan Steven Lochte ( LOK-tee; born August 3, 1984) is an American competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist. Lochte's 12 Olympic medals earn him the second-most decorated Olympian along with Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres, and Jenny Thompson. He currently holds the world record in the 200-meter individual medley (long and short course) and 400-meter individual medley (short course). As part of the American teams, he also holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle (long course) and 4x100-meter freestyle (mixed) relay. Lochte's success has earned him SwimSwam's Swammy Award for U.S. Male Swimmer of the Year in 2013, the World Swimmer of the Year Award and the American Swimmer...  more
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America

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  • Mark Tewksbury, MSM (born February 7, 1968) is a Canadian former competition swimmer. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 100-metre backstroke at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He also hosted the first season of How It's Made, a Canadian documentary series, in 2001. Tewksbury was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) in 1993 for being a "motivational speaker and a gifted athlete."...  more
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
  • Johan Kenkhuis (born 7 May 1980 in Vriezenveen, Overijssel) is an Olympic medal winning Dutch swimmer. From a young age, Kenkhuis had a strong interest in swimming. In 1998, he won gold medals in both the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle events in the European Junior Championships. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Johan was a member of the bronze medal 4×200 meter freestyle relay team. He also helped the Netherlands win a silver medal at the FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan in 2001 as a member of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay team. However, by 2002, he was growing tired of the sport and close to retirement. His coach, Fedor Hes, helped him develop a different...  more
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Vriezenveen, Netherlands