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Top 10 athletes with the most number of gold medals in Olympic history

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Modified 20 Mar 2019, 14:54 IST

We are inching closer to the  biggest sporting event in the world – The 2016 Olympics, which will be taking place in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro from 5 August to 21 August 2016. At every Summer Olympics, it is expected that athletes from United States, Great Britain, China, and Russia will secure large haul of medals.

Now, we look at the top 10 athletes with the most number of gold medals in Olympic history.

#10 Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson won eight gold medals in 4 Olympic appearances

Before stepping into the Olympic arena, Jenny Thompson was a medical student at Columbia University. With eight Olympic gold medals, Thompson was one of the most dominant Swimmers in the 1990's. She won the first gold medal at the 1992 summer Olympic games in Barcelona, setting the tone for her incredible career. Four years later in Atlanta,  She added three more golds  in the relay events.

At the summer Olympic games in Sydney  Thompson won three gold medals  taking his medal tally to 8, but however, the talented swimmer failed to win a single championship medal in the individual events.

Thompson holds the record for winning more Olympic gold medals than any other female swimmer in the history, with every one of them coming exclusively in the relay events.

Olympic Games appearances: 4

Number of Gold medals: 8

Olympic Games  medals: 12

Medal table
MedalOlympic gamesEvent
Gold1992 Barcelona4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women
Gold1996 Atlanta4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x200m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women
Gold2000 Sydney4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women,  4x200m medley relay women
Silver1992 Barcelona100m freestyle women
Silver2004 Athens4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women
Bronze2000 Sydney100m freestyle women
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Published 05 Aug 2016, 02:47 IST
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