From a young age, Maarten van der Weijden from the Netherlands was known as a promising float ability. Nonetheless, before his career could begin he faced a challenge that could have ended it all. At merely 19 years old Maarten was diagnosed with cancer. The doctor’s prognoses wasn’t promising and they said there was a very small chance the young man would live the leukemia. But Maarten proved them wrong. Not simply did the resilient swimmer overcome cancer, he made a rapid comeback, swimming only 2 years after the diagnosis. To everyone’s surprise, the cancer-survivor managed to take his occupation so far by becoming a gold medalist at the Olympic Tournament in 2008 Beijing.
Most contestants are known for pushing themselves to the limits and Maarten is no exclusion. Recently the swimmer attempted to swim the entire 200 kilometers( 120 mi) long road of the Elfstedentocht in the Netherlands. The sole ground behind the occasion was to raise funds for cancer research, a stimulate closely connected to Maarten’s heart.
The swim was scheduled to take 3 epoches, including very short catnaps to rest. Nonetheless, as Maarten swam considerably he came ill and the ocean was deemed too polluted for him to persist. He had managed to swim great distances of 163 kilometers in 55 hours. And despite not being able to reach his 200 -kilometer goal, the fundraising safarus was a huge success. The swimmer promoted a stunning part of more than$ 4 million! Scroll below to see how he made everything there is happen!