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Pieter van den Hoogenband

Full name: Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband
Nickname(s): VDH, Hoogie, The Dutch Dolphin
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: March 14, 1978 in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
Affiliations: Philips Sportvereniging, Eindhoven (PSV)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Husband of Minouche Smit.

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

After narrowly missing the podium twice in Atlanta, Pieter van den Hoogenband broke through to the top in the next Olympiad. His first international titles came in 1999, when he won six gold medals at the European Championships in Istanbul. He confirmed his status as the best freestyle sprint swimmer at the Sydney Olympics. In a close race with home favourite Ian Thorpe, he won the 200 m freestyle in world record time. Two days later, in the Olympic semi-finals, he became the first man to swim the 100 m free in less than 48 seconds. He won the final as well, beating two-time champion Aleksandr Popov.

In 2001 and 2003, Van den Hoogenband attempted to win a world title, but failed to do so. Throughout his career, he won 8 silver medals at the World Championships, but never a gold medal. He did retain his Olympic 100 m title in Athens, adding silver medals in the 200 and 4 x 100 relay. His career seemed over in 2005, when he was diagnosed with a hernia in his back, which had long been a painful area for the swimmer. But Van den Hoogenband fought back and celebrated his return with a European title in the 200 m freestyle in 2006. He then set his sights on winning a third consecutive 100 m title at the Beijing Olympics, but eventually finished just outside the medals. In December 2008, the swimming pool in Eindhoven where Van den Hoogenband had trained much of his career was named after him. Earlier in the year, Van den Hoogenband had lost his 100 m world record to Alain Bernard in the same pool.

Van den Hoogenband was named Dutch sportsman of the year three times (1999, 2000, 2004), World Swimmer of the Year (2000) and European Swimmer of the Year (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004).

Results

Men's 50 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands B Final 1 22.67
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Nine 4 QC 22.82
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Final 3 22.03
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.11
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Ten 2 QU 22.32
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Eleven 7 22.56

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands Final 4 49.13
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Six 4 QU 49.73
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Final 1 48.30
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/WR 47.84
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 48.64
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands Final 1 48.17
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 48.55
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 48.70
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Swimming Netherlands Final 5 47.75 0.78 3
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 47.68 0.78 3
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Eight 3 QU 47.97 0.76 6

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands Final 4 1:48.36
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:48.68
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Final 1 =WR 1:45.35
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/WR 1:45.35
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:46.71
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands Final 2 1:45.23
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:46.00
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Eight 2 QU 1:47.32

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands NED Final 5 3:19.02 48.29 3:19.02
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands NED Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:20.16 48.64 3:20.16
2004 Summer 26 Athina Swimming Netherlands NED Final 2 3:14.36 46.79 3:14.36
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Swimming Netherlands NED Round One Heat One 5 3:14.90 47.17 1:36.57 0.20 6

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands NED Final 7 7:21.96 1:49.25 7:21.96
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands NED Round One Heat Three 4 QU 7:23.39 1:48.88 1:48.88
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands NED Final 3 7:12.70 1:44.88 7:12.70

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Swimming Netherlands NED Round One Heat Four 3 3:42.42 48.98 3:42.42
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Swimming Netherlands NED Final 4 3:37.53 47.24 3:37.53