Ian Thorpe AM (swimming) better known as the ‘Thorpedo’ is one of Australia’s best ever swimmers and greatest ever athletes. At the age of 14, he became the youngest male ever to represent Australia and at 15 won his first world title in Perth, to become the youngest swimmer to do so. Thorpe dominated the pool at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur as a 15-year-old, before scooping seven medals, including six gold, four years later at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. His 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals is the equal most in Australian history. Winner of five Olympic gold medals, the most of any Australian, 14 world championship victories (at every distance from 100 to 800 metres) and 22 world records make him our most successful athlete ever. Ian Thorpe was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2008.
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