1978 – Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband, born on the 14th of March in Geldrop, near Eindhoven. He is a Dutch swimmer and a triple Olympic champion. He is the current world record holder in 100 m freestyle swimming (47.84s).
1993 – Achieved his first successes, performing well on the European Youth Olympic Days.
1996 – His international breakthrough came at the 96′ Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Only 18 years old, he surprised many by finishing 4th in both the 100 and 200 m freestyle.
1999 – Won 6 gold medals at the 99′ European Championships.
2000 – He was one of the favourites at the Summer Olympics, but his adversaries were formidable.
– In the 100 m freestyle, he again set a world record in the semi-finals and won his second gold medal, defeating the 92′ and 96′ champion, Alexander Popov.
– He was named the 00′ Male World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine.
2001 – At the 01′ Aquatics World Championships, he won four silver medals in the 50, 100, 200 and 4 x 100 m freestyle events.
2004 – At the 04′ Summer Olympics in Athens, he won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle and two silvers in the 200m freestyle and the 4 x 100m freestyle relay.