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Inge Dekker, Dutch Olympic medalist swimmer, diagnosed with cervical cancer

Inge Dekker

Netherlands’ Inge Dekker competes in a women’s 100m butterfly semifinal heat at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the last three Olympics, has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

In a statement posted Wednesday on the Dutch swimming union’s website, Dekker said she was shocked by the diagnosis.

She says that, “for three years my thoughts have been focused on the Olympic Games in Rio and then I hear this.” But she added, “I have certainly not yet ruled out the Games in Rio.”

The 30-year-old freestyle and butterfly specialist has long been part of the successful Dutch women’s freestyle relay team. She won a bronze medal in the 4x100m free relay in Athens in 2004, gold in Beijing four years later and silver in London.

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