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Dutch swimmer gets gold after leukemia

Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden already fought back from leukemia. An open water fight hardly compared.
Oblivious to the kicking, slapping and pushing going on between the race favorites, the 6-foot-9 (2.05-meter) Van der Weijden won the inaugural Olympic men's 10-kilometer open water marathon under a steady rain Thursday.
"The leukemia taught me to think step by step," Van der Weijden said. "When you're laying in the hospital bed and feeling so much pain and feeling so tired, you don't want to think about next week or next month, you're only thinking about the next hour."
Van der Weijden was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001, came back in 2003 and began swimming faster than before. He now says he has "totally recovered" from the illness.
He commits a large portion of his time to raising awareness about leukemia, and raised


Updated : 2021-05-06 06:44 GMT+08:00