Swimming

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.

Russia’s Larisa Ilchenko has won the women’s 10km marathon swim at the Beijing Olympics setting a time of 1 hour 59 minutes and 27 seconds.

Keri-Anne Payne from Great Britain won the silver medal and Cassie Patten also from Great Britain won the bronze medal.
“I’m very happy, It was a really hard race,” Ilchenko told reporters. [...]

Michael Phelps has won gold in the men’s 200 meter butterfly at the Beijing Olympics, winning his 10th career Olympic gold medal and breaking the world record at the same time.
Gold - United States - Michael Phelps - 1:52.03 WR
Silver - Hungary - Laszlo Cseh - 1:52.70
Bronze - Japan - Takeshi Matsuda - 1:52.97

Australia’s Leisel Jones has won the women’s 100 meter breaststroke, setting a new Olympic record in the process.
Gold - Australia - Leisel Jones - 1:05.17 OR
Silver - United States - Rebecca Soni - 1:06.73
Bronze - Austria - Mirna Jukic - 1:07.34

Aaron Peirsol has won the men’s 100 meter backstroke. In a tight finish Arkady Vyatchanin from Russia and Hayden Stoeckel from Australia tied for the bronze medal.
Gold medal: United States - Aaron Peirsol
Silver: United States - Matt GreversArk
Bronze: Russia - Arkady Vyatchanin
Bronze: Australia - Hayden Stoeckel

Michael Phelps has won his third gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in the men’s 200 meter freestyle, breaking the world record in the process.
Gold - United States - Michael Phelps - 1:42.96 WR
Silver - South Korea - Taehwan Park - 1:44.85
Bronze - United States - Peter Vanderkaay - 1:45.14