Inge is the sister of Olympic water polo player Matthijs de Bruijn.De Bruijn tried several sports before eventually specializing in swimming.
She also won a silver medal with the 4×100 m freestyle relay team. She was named by Swimming World as the "Female World Swimmer of the Year" in both 20.
She won titles in three events at the 2001 World Championships.
De Bruijn's 2004 title retains it's place as the oldest female Olympic champion in swimming history.
With an Olympic medal total of four gold, two silver and two bronze, she is the second most successful Dutch Olympian of all time.
This made her the oldest individual champion in Olympic swimming history.