Swimming is often called an important life skill that everyone should acquire. If not for dealing with an apocalyptic rise in the sea levels, then just for swimming in a pool and having fun. The best part, while being fun it is also a great physical activity. What is even greater about the skill is that it is also a very competitive sport and is played on many different levels all around the World. There is always a diamond in the rough. While a lot of people apply themselves and take part in these swimming competitions, few have left their mark.

Here is the list of the best swimmers in the World

Best Swimmers in the World (Male)

  1. Caeleb Dressel

Country: The United States of America

Date of Birth: 16 August 1996

“The sky is the limit” seems to ring true for the young American. With specialization in butterfly and freestyle and a knack for sprint events, Caeleb seems to show no plans of slowing down. Setting all-time marks in various events like 50 free, 50, 100 fly and the 100 IM. A powerhouse swimmer who has got the country golds in 4×100 free relay time and time again.

  1. Adam Peaty

Country: Great Britain

Date of Birth: 28 December 1994

Born Adam George Peaty, he is a breaststroke specialist who has represented Great Britain at the European and World Championships along with the Olympics. He represents England in the Commonwealth Games. People truly believe that he will be the one to get Great Britain its first Olympic Gold Relay after the last one in 1912. Their faith is rightly placed in the man who is right about a second and a half quicker than the second-fastest man in history for the 100 m.

  1. Daiya Seto

Country: Japan

Date of Birth: 24 May 1994

A truly versatile swimmer well-versed in medley, butterfly, breaststroke, and freestyle events.  Coached by Norimisa Hirai, Daiya had a great start to his 2020 career by securing the first rank in 200m and 400m and the 200m butterfly (with an impressive 1:52).

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri

Country: Italy

Date of Birth: 5 September 1994

A truly remarkable swimmer. This Italian swimmer is not only a three-time long course champion (European) in the 1500m event for the years of 2012, 2014, and 2016 in the European Aquatics Championship, he is also an Olympic and World short and long course champion. Holding a record in the European records for 800m and 1500m freestyle events with a clocked time of 7:39.27 and 14:33.10, respectively. A strong contender, not only does he show promise in the 1500m, Gregorio has everyone’s eye on him even for the gold in the 800m and 10k.

  1. Duncan Scott

Country: Great Britain

Date of Birth: 6 May 1997

While representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, Scott showed the World his prowess as the representative of Great Britain at the 2019 World Championship. He secured the Gold medal for his country with a 46.1 relay split at the end of the medley relay. Showing a promising future and possibly as the centre of Great Britain’s future in the swimming world, there are a lot of medals yet to be bagged by Duncan Scott.

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  1. Evgeny Rylov

Country: Russia

Date of Birth: 23 September 1996

Rylov, the man holding the fastest time in the World for 100m back in 2019, earned international recognition at an early age. Proving his worth by touching first with a clock of 1:53.40, becoming the two-time reigning World Champion for the 200m back category. In the 2019 World Championship, he earned a silver medal for 100m back which was held on the 3rd day, with a time of 52.67.

  1. Ryan Murphy

Country: The United States of America

Date of Birth: 2 July 1995

The American with specialisation in backstrokes. A record holder in 100m backstrokes (men), Murphy is also a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Murphy has a great legacy to uphold given the fact that the United States of America hasn’t lost in the Olympics in the events of 100m and 200m since 1992. The legacy he is charged with started before he was even born.

  1. Xu Jiayu

Country: China

Date of Birth: 19 August 1995

A specialist of the backstroke Xu Jiayu is the two-time reigning World Champion for the same and a Silver medalist in the Olympic event. Never backing down, Xu took part in China’s mixed medley relay that went on to break the world record of 2020 for the long course. Having achieved this, people are definitely on the lookout for him and his competition on their toes.

  1. Anton Chupkov

Country: Russia

Date of Birth: 22 February 1997

Chupkov is the man to look out for in the World of swimming. Along with the 200m breaststroke Bronze in Rio, he has also won the world title continuously the last two times and in 2018 had the fastest time. Proving his agility and speed, he even set the world record of 2:06.1 back in 2019, changing the records for that event forever. The record books show his name on repeat since he holds five (of 10) of the fastest times in history. Is he gonna break any more records in the future?  Only time will tell.

  1. Arno Kamminga

Country: Netherlands

Date of Birth: 22 October 1995

A Dutch swimmer, Arno has shown significant improvement over the years through his hard work, especially in the last year. He had improved his breaststroke from 59.1/2:08.7 in 2018 to a great 58.4/2:06.8 in 2020. Arno also holds the bragging rights to being the all-time third and fourth for the 100m and 200m, respectively.

Among the best breaststrokers in the World, he can be the first-ever Dutch breaststroker of the decade to earn a medal at the Olympics. Previously done by Wieger Mensonides in 1960.


Best Swimmers in the World (Female)

  1. Katie Ledecky

Country: The United States of America

Date of Birth: 17 March 1997

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky is an American Competitive swimmer. Anyone who has dwelled in the World of swimming knows her name. She has made that name for herself by winning five Olympic gold medals and a whopping 15 world championship gold medals. These numbers make her the only female swimmer in history to hold so many. She has continued to show her prowess in the swimming world and continually secured the first spot ever since she won the 2012 Olympics with a gold medal at 15.

  1. Sarah Sjöström

Country: Sweden

Date of Birth: 17 August 1993

The Swedish Swimmer’s medal cabinet must be huge considering the laurels she has secured for herself. A world record holder, winner of three Olympic medals and eight individual World titles, all of it starting when she got the World title at the age of 15 in the year 2009. Truly a sprint freestyle specialist being a world record holder in 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, she can say the same about her ability in butterfly events holding records for the 50m and the 100m.


  1. Simone Manuel

Country: The United States of America

Date of Birth: 2 August 1996

Born Simone Ashley Manuel is a freestyle sprint specialist, an American competitive swimmer who is perhaps the greatest American Sprinter of all time. She has proved herself time and again, some examples being that she won the previous two World titles in the 100 free category and in the 50 category in 2019.

The golden letters in her history were etched in 2016 when she became the first American to win an event at the Games since 1984, while Simone tied for gold in the 100 freestyle as the first-ever black woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal. These events also meant that American ended its long no-medal legacy.

  1. Kaylee McKeown

Country: Australia

Date of Birth: 12 July 2001

The 19-year-old Kaylee McKeown is one to look out for. Don’t go thinking about her skills because of her age, because despite it, she moved upto the all-time second in the 100m backstroke and third in the 200m. People have started keeping a closer eye on her ever since Kaylee broke the short course meters world record in the 200 categories. Cutting through the competition with her momentum, she will soon show great things after securing her Olympic spot.

  1. Lilly King

Country: The United States of America

Date of Birth: 10 February 1997

A master of the backstroke, ever since securing a gold medal at the Rio Olympics of 2016, has been among the top 100 backstrokers in the World. Not having shown her full capabilities as of yet, she shows a strong future and chance of securing a dual gold in the backstroke events and eventually become the first one to ever successfully repeat in the 100m.

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  1. Regan Smith

Country: The United States of America

Date of Birth: 9 February 2002

The American, who has a strong base in various trokes like the backstroke, butterfly, and even freestyle swimming, holds, currently, the world record for the women’s 100 and 200-meter backstroke. The events of breaking the records also led to her becoming the first woman to break 58 and 2:04. Despite her young age, Smith shows a lot of promise and potential.

  1. Ariarne Titmus

Country: Australia

Date of Birth: 7 September 2000

Titmus earned herself her fame at the 2019  World Championships in 400 freestyle after she defeated the great Katie Ledecky. Ariarne has a long path still left to tread, especially considering Australia hasn’t received an individual medal through a woman from the Olympics since Stephanie Rice in 2008.


  1. Emma McKeon

Country: Australia

Date of Birth: 24 May 1994

Another strong Australian Competitive swimmer, she has four medals, including a gold medal from the 2016 Rio de Jenario Summer Olympics. Not letting her peers overshadow her, Emma has been a key piece in the Women’s team of Australia simply because of the fact that she has proved that she is one of the most versatile swimmers in the World.


  1. Cate Campbell

Country: Australia

Date of Birth: 20 May 1992

This Australian competitive swimmer is a Malawian- born and currently holds many world records under her belt. Not surprising considering the fact that she has been among the top sprinters in the World for the last few years. While her 2016 performance in Rio was not up to the mark, she has beaten her demons. She is at the top of her game and could walk away with many golds in the next Olympics.


  1. Zhang Yufei

Country: China

Date of Birth: 19 April 1998

Zhang Yufei specialises in sprint freestyle and butterfly events. She was a member of China’s mixed medley relay, during which she split 55.3 butterfly and set the only long course world record of 2020. China has three Olympic gold medals in the 200m butterfly in the last three Olympics; Zhang was a part of those teams.

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