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From chemo patient to Olympics champ

August 21, 2008

Maarten van der Weijden, who was given only a slim chance of survival after being diagnosed with leukaemia, won the gold in the men's 10km open water marathon.

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  • The Dutch swimmer discovered he had leukaemia in 2001 but pulled through after a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy and returned to the water two years later.

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  • Photograph: Getty Images


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