PHOENIX, Arizona, September 26. THIS week, three Olympians announced their retirements from competitive swimming, setting our minds at Swimming World back to their glory days in the pool.
Today’s Throwback Thursday will feature a look back at the top moments of each of the three, starting with Megan Jendrick, the first to make the retirement announcement this week. In this video, Jendrick, then known as Megan Quann, made good on her promise to win the 100 breast at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This video focuses heavily on Leisel Jones and her quest to win a gold medal at 15 years old, but Quann’s win at 16 is just as impressive.
James Goddard was unable to secure a place on the medal podium at the Olympics, but he was a Commonwealth Games champion three times in 2002 and 2010. We were unable to locate a video of either of those gold medal swims, but here is a great race with Liam Tancock in the 200 IM at the 2008 British Olympic Trials, using a great freestyle leg to win the race.
Ariana Kukors will always be remembered for her incredible swim in the 200 individual medley at the 2009 world championships, where she broke the world record by a staggering amount, down to 2:06.15. Many regard that swim as untouchable for many years.