2018 Heart of a Champion Award: Maarten van der Weijden

2018 SwimSwam Heart of a Champion Award: Maarten van der Weijden

The achievements of Dutch open water swimmer Maarten van der Weijden carries all of the elements of a perfect Heart of a Champion story. It has the major competitive swimming achievement: in 2008, he won Olympic gold in the open water 10km (the first man ever to do so, as it was a new race that year) after surviving leukemia. It has incredible feats of endurance: in March of 2018, he broke the World Record for longest distance swum in a 25m pool in 24 hours, when he swam 102.8km in a day. That’s an average pace-per-100 of 1:24, held for an entire day.

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