My name is Maarten van der Weijden. On March 12th 2001, I was diagnosed with leukemia. After a stem cell transplant I was lucky to recover. On August 21th 2008, I became OLYMPIC CHAMPION 10 kilometers open water swimming.
"I'm no Lance Armstrong, don't call me Lance Armstrong," insisted Holland's Olympic swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden, who won an epic battle with Great Britain's David Davies in the men's 10k Open Water event this morning.
(BEIJING, August 21) -- Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands won the gold medal in a huge upset in the inaugural Men's Marathon 10km swimming race at a rainy Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on Thursday, August 21.