Who Was Roman Sludnov? Dawn Fraser Makes History (Answers to Last Week’s Quiz)

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Who Was Roman Sludnov? Dawn Fraser Makes History; The Answers to Last Week’s Quiz

Last week, Swimming World ran its most recent quiz, a measurement of fans’ knowledge of this great sport. We intentionally did not include the answers, as we wanted to encourage readers to do a little research on the questions they didn’t know. After all, digging for information is a great skill to possess, and one way to learn even more.

Now, though, we present the answers to the quiz, broken down by question and with a chart to reveal how the voting went.

Question: Who was the first swimmer to break 1:00 in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke?

Answer: Roman Sludnov

Our readers were off on this one, as the majority of answers went for either Japanese legend Kosuke Kitajima, or American Brendan Hansen. But Russia’s Roman Sludnov was actually the first man to go 59-point, accomplishing the feat in 2001 behind a time of 59.97.


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Question: Name the first swimmer to win an event at three consecutive Olympic Games.

Answer: Dawn Fraser

This question resulted in a close battle between American Michael Phelps and Australian Dawn Fraser, but it was actually Fraser who became the first athlete to three-peat in an event at the Olympics. Fraser won the 100-meter freestyle at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Games. Phelps eventually accomplished the feat in the 200 individual medley, winning that event at four straight Games (2004-2016).


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Question: How many Olympic medals did Michael Phelps win during his career?

Answer: 28

A little more than half of our responders (57%) were correct in selecting 28 medals as Michael Phelps’ Olympic haul over five Olympiads. After finishing fifth in the 200 butterfly at the 2000 Games, Phelps won eight medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games, and six medals each at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.


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Question: In which event did Kirsty Coventry repeat as Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008?

Answer: 200 Backstroke

After winning the 200 backstroke at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Coventry retained her throne at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Coventry is set to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame later this month.


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