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EVANS Janet
EVANS Janet

Janet EVANS

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Despite her small size and unorthodox swimming style, Janet Evans utterly dominated women’s long- distance swimming.

A natural talent

Janet Evans was a natural born swimmer who was swimming laps in the pool at the age of two. In 1987, aged just 15, Evans broke the world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events. Her achievements were all the more remarkable given her small stature, slight build and unorthodox windmill stroke.

Seoul Games

At the 1988 Seoul Games, Evans dominated every event she entered, winning the 400m individual medley, the 400m freestyle and the 800m freestyle. She broke her own world record in the 400m freestyle and finished almost three metres ahead of her nearest rival in the 800m freestyle.

Defending her titles

Evans entered the 1992 Barcelona Games on a six-year winning streak at 400m. However, she was caught in the last laps and beaten into second place by just 30 centimetres. Two days later, Evans made amends in the 800m, leading from start to finish and winning by eight metres to defend her title.

Lasting achievements

Between 1986 and 1995, Janet Evans won 25 out of 27 major international races at 400m and 22 out of 23 at 800m. Her world record for the 800m freestyle lasted through four Olympic Games until it was finally broken at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Gallery

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Torch Relay

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Former US Olympic Swimmer Janet Evans runs from third base to home plate during the torch relay on June 16, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Aaron Peirsol swims

15 Jul 2000: Aaron Peirsol swims during the Janet Evans Invitational at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California.Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle /Allsport
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Janet Evans of the USA in action during

25 Jul 1996: Janet Evans of the USA in action during the women's 800m freestyle at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
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Janet Evans

25 Jul 1996: Janet Evans of the USA swims in the Womens 800 Free Style Final during the 1996 Summer Olympics Games at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
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Janet Evans of the USA finishes sixth in the womens 800 metre freestyle

25 Jul 1996: Janet Evans of the USA finishes sixth in the womens 800 metre freestyle at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
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Oly Swimming

24 Jul 1996: Janet Evans of the USA fails to qualify for the finals in the women''s 800m freestyle heats at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 8:25.52
    Swimming
    800m freestyle women
    S 4:07.37
    Swimming
    400m freestyle women
  • G 4:03.85
    Swimming
    400m freestyle women
    G 8:20.20
    Swimming
    800m freestyle women
    G 4:37.76
    Swimming
    400m individual medley women

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