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Thorpe, De Bruijn adjudged best

FUKUOKA (JAPAN), JULY 30. Australia's Ian Thorpe was selected as the outstanding athlete of the ninth swimming World Championships which ended on Sunday. Thorpe, who also won the award for best male swimmer, received an Arita-Yaki porcelain plate as his prize after winning a record six world titles.

Inge de Bruijn of The Netherlands was named as the best female swimmer after winning three titles.

The award for the best athlete was decided by the media and open to all competitors in swimming, open water swimming, synchronised swimming, water polo and diving.

The 18-year-old Thorpe was a popular and obvious choice after winning more gold medals in Fukuoka than any swimmer at a single meet in the history of the World Championships.

He broke his own World records to win the 200 metres, 400m and 800m individual freestyle finals, and also anchored Australia to victory in each of the three men's relays.

De Bruijn, 27, matched her performance at last year's Sydney Olympics by winning three individual gold medals, completing the 50M and 100m Freestyle double and also claiming victory in the 50m butterfly.

- Reuters

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