Swimming World August 2021 introduced – Inge de Bruijn from the Netherlands: One of many best sprinters of all time

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From John Lohn

The Sydney 2000 Olympics are well known for the homeland of Australia success spearheaded by teenage sensation Ian Thorpe. But also for the Dutch Inge de Bruijn, who used the stage to define herself as one of the legends of the sport, the games down under served as a relieving setting.

Ordinarily, an invitation to the Olympics would generate a greater passion for the sport and a more intense focus on the work ahead. But not all athletes are wired alike, and as the Atlanta Olympics approached in 1996, Inge de Bruijn was missing something. Their workouts lacked dedication. Sometimes she was late to practice. Occasionally it didn't show up at all!

In the early 1990s, de Bruijn was a promising talent for the Netherlands. At the 1991 European Championships in Athens, de Bruijn won a silver medal (100 butterflies) and a bronze medal (50 freestyle), efforts that complemented a relay bronze medal at the World Championships. The next year she was eighth in the 50s freestyle and ninth in the 100 butterfly at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Although de Bruijn didn't make the podium on her Olympic debut, she did enough to point out that big days in sprinting and flying are ahead of them. And with another European medal in the 50s Frei in 1993, the Dutch woman seemed to be on the pace. But on the way to the Centennial Olympics, de Bruijn lost the fire necessary to compete at the highest level.

It was maybe the best thing for her career.

A CHEAP BREAK
De Bruijn managed to qualify for the Atlanta games, but her dwindling desire led to coach Jacco Verhaeren sacking her from the national team. The decision was not easy for Verhaeren because de Bruijn was also his girlfriend. But it was the right decision that ultimately gave de Bruijn's career a big boost.

“My break in 1996 was good for me,” said de Bruijn. “I haven't swum for a year. There was no point going to the Olympics because I wouldn't have enjoyed it. I wasn't having fun. After that, I worked hard and used my talent to the full. I just got faster and faster. "

In 1997, de Bruijn relocated her training base to the United States, where she began working with Paul Bergen. In Bergen, de Bruijn found an elite mentor, especially as the former trainer of Tracy Caulkins, and was able to get the best out of the Dutch woman. After a short time the fire that once burned returned.

At the 1998 World Championships, de Bruijn was a finalist in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and she won three medals at the 1999 European Championships – gold in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and silver in the 100 freestyle. A year before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, de Bruijn had established himself as a major force.

“What really changed my fitness a lot is the dry land (Bergen) training that has been added to my program,” said de Bruijn. “I do a lot of running, cycling, rope climbing, skipping ropes, medicine balls and stretching. Things like that made me feel really in good shape. "

SUMMIT OF THE WORLD
The 2000 campaign can only be described as sensational for de Bruijn, whose march to Sydney included world records in all three of their main events. In total, de Bruijn broke six global standards on the way to her second Olympiad. Others were produced in Sydney.

During her week in Australia, de Bruijn put together one of the most impressive achievements by a woman in Olympic history. She swept all three of her individual competitions and set a world record in each discipline. They achieved their world records in the freestyle events in the semifinals, with their global brand underlining their gold medal in the 100 butterfly. As a member of the 400 freestyle relay of the Netherlands, she won a silver medal.

De Bruijn's triple gold performance was by and large stunning, but a closer look at each of her triumphs revealed an even more extraordinary achievement. None of the races of the Dutchwoman was close, because she prevailed in the 50s free run with 19 hundredths and in the 100s free run with half a second. In the 100 butterflies, de Bruijn beat the competition, her world record time of 56.61 more than a second ahead of the silver medalist Martina Moravcova from Slovenia.

To become one of the stars of Sydney, de Bruijn had to beat some of the top names in the sport. In the sprint freestyle, the Swede Therese Alshammar was silver medalist in both distances, the American Dara Torres won bronze in the 50 freestyle and shared bronze with compatriot Jenny Thompson in the 100 freestyle.

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012 | READY FOR A NEW CHALLENGE
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014 | TAKE UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL
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016 | BEST OF THE BEST
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018 | RECRUIT TOP HIGH SCHOOL
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021 | NUTRITION: WHAT TO EAT BEFORE THE “BIG RACE”
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022 | ISHOF: THE U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – DONNA DeVARONA AND THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF WOMEN'S SWIMMING
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025 | ONE OF THE GREATEST SPRINTERS EVER
by John Lohn
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028 | MENTAL PREPARATION: BEEP BEEP WITH KATE DOUGLASS
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030 | SPECIAL SETS: TRAINING KAYLA WILSON
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034 | SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: MAXIMIZING THE SWIMMING SPEED (Part 4) – MINIMIZING THE ARM ENTRY PHASE TIME IN THE BACK AND CHEST STRIKE
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038 | SPECIAL SETS: ENERGY SYSTEM TRAINING
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040 | A COACHES 'GUIDE TO ENERGY SYSTEMS (Part 3): WHILE YOU ARE YOUNG
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043 | Q&A WITH COACH NICHOLAS ASKEW
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044 | HOW TO TRAIN: MILES SIMON
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033 | DRY TRAINING: GOLD MEDAL WORKOUT
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036 | GOLDMINDS: 10 GREAT REASONS TO COME BACK IN THE POOL
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47 | UP & COMER: BRIAN HAMILTON
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046 | HASTY UP HANDS

048 | GUTTERTALK

049 | SCABBAGE ADAPTER

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