Men's Marathon 10k

Gold medal favorite: Mark Warkentin

Dutchman likens winning gold to his battle with cancer

Maarten van der Weijden from the Netherlands said his experience battling cancer helped him won the gold medal in the men’s 10km marathon swim. He was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2001 but has since come back stronger.
“The leukaemia has taught me to think step-by-step,” said the brave Dutchman who raised 50,000 euros [...]

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Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands narrowly won the gold medal in the men’s 10km swimming marathon with a time of 1:51:51.6.
David Davies of Great Britain won the silver medal with a time of 1:51:53.1. Thomas Lurz of Germany won the bronze medal with a time of 1:51:53.6.

The 10 kilometer swim is being run for the first time at the Beijing Olympics. It is an event which Australian swimmer Grant Hackett looked to dominate but he finished a disappointing 15th, but was later disqualified. The top 10 finishers in the race win a spot at the event in the Beijing [...]