Tags: EU | Netherlands | Long | Distance Swim

Dutch Olympian Churns through Canals to Fund Cancer Research

Monday, 20 August 2018 07:38 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a fundraising feat that has captured the imagination of his nation, a Dutch Olympian is approaching the end of a marathon swim along the route of an iconic speed skating race.

Maarten van der Weijden, who beat leukemia and went on to win a gold medal in the 10-kilometer open water swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was about three-quarters of the way through the 200-kilometer (124-mile) swim by noon Monday.

He is swimming along canals and rivers linking 11 towns in the northern province of Friesland that are used for a speed skating race in the years when cold winters freeze the entire route.

Crowds along the waterways are cheering him on. Supporters unable to get to Friesland can follow him on a live stream by national broadcaster NOS.

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


   
1Like our page
2Share
GlobalTalk
In a fundraising feat that has captured the imagination of his nation, a Dutch Olympian is approaching the end of a marathon swim along the route of an iconic speed skating race.Maarten van der Weijden, who beat leukemia and went on to win a gold medal in the 10-kilometer...
EU,Netherlands,Long,Distance Swim
135
2018-38-20
Monday, 20 August 2018 07:38 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved