Inge de Bruijn

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Inge de Bruijn
Inge de Bruijn en Jacco Verhaeren 1a.jpg
De Bruijn in 2008
Personal information
Full name Inge de Bruijn
Nationality  Netherlands
Born (1973-08-24) 24 August 1973 (age 41)
Barendrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb; 9.4 st)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, butterfly

Inge de Bruijn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɪŋɛ ˈdɛ ˈbryɛin]; born 24 August 1973) is a Dutch former swimmer. She is a four-time Olympic champion and a former world record holder.

Biography[edit]

De Bruijn was born in Barendrecht, Netherlands, and tried several sports before eventually specializing in swimming.

Swimming career[edit]

De Bruijn debuted at the World Aquatics Championships in January 1991, winning a bronze medal with the 4×100 m relay team, with which she won the gold medal at the European LC Championships in August of that year.

The following year, de Bruijn made her Olympic debut at the 1992 Summer Olympics, and finished 8th in the 100 m and 4×100 m freestyle events. She did not compete at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 1999, she won the 50 m freestyle at the European Championships. The following year, after having swum several 50 m freestyle world records, she competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She won the 50 and 100 m freestyle, and the 100 m butterfly, setting world records in all three events. She also won a silver medal with the 4×100 m freestyle relay team. Her nickname became "Invincible Inky".

She was named by Swimming World as the "Female World Swimmer of the Year" in both 2000 and 2001. She won titles in three events at the 2001 World Championships. At the 2003 World Championships, de Bruijn successfully defended her 50 m freestyle and butterfly titles. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens she defended her gold medal in the 50 m free, and took silver in the 100 m free, and two bronze: one in the 100 m butterfly and another in the 4×100 m relay.

With an Olympic medal total of four gold, two silver and two bronze, she is the second most successful Dutch Olympian of all time. Moreover, her combined nine individual titles won at the Olympics (four) and World Aquatics Championships (five) are a record for female swimmers.

In March 2007, de Bruijn announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

Post-swimming career[edit]

De Bruijn resides in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and previously trained in Portland, Oregon.

She was the face for Dutch lingerie brand Sapph, along with kickboxer Remy Bonjasky, the face for the men's line of the brand.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Sydney Swimming". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  2. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  3. ^ "2003 World Championships – Short Course Swim Rankings results". Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Modellen dansen op het IJs", 4 February 2011, Glamour (Dutch)

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
China Le Jingyi
Women's 50 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

4 June 2000 – 24 March 2008
Succeeded by
Netherlands Marleen Veldhuis
Preceded by
China Le Jingyi
Women's 100 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

28 May 2000 – 31 March 2004
Succeeded by
Australia Libby Trickett
Preceded by
Record installed
Women's 50 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

18 June 1999 – 1 July 1999
Succeeded by
Sweden Anna-Karin Kammerling
Preceded by
Sweden Anna-Karin Kammerling
Women's 50 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

20 May 2000 – 30 July 2002
Succeeded by
Sweden Anna-Karin Kammerling
Preceded by
United States Jenny Thompson
Women's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

27 May 2000 – 26 July 2009
Succeeded by
Sweden Sarah Sjöström
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Netherlands Leontien van Moorsel
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Netherlands Verona van de Leur
Preceded by
South Africa Penny Heyns
World Swimmer of the Year
2000–2001
Succeeded by
United States Natalie Coughlin
Preceded by
Hungary Ágnes Kovács
European Swimmer of the Year
1999–2001
Succeeded by
Germany Franziska van Almsick