Olympic Gold Medalist Inge Dekker Announces Retirement

Olympic Gold Medalist Inge Dekker Announces Retirement

Dutch Olympic gold medalist Inge Dekker announced her retirement from swimming in a Facebook post Monday.

Dekker swam at four Olympic Games and won three medals, all coming as part of the Dutch 400 free relay team. Individually, the highlight of her career was winning the 2011 World title in the 50 fly.

But her journey to the Rio Games was rocky as Dekker announced in February that she was battling cervical cancer.

“It is obviously very scary when you hear this news,” Dekker said at the time. “For three years, I’ve been preoccupied with getting ready for the Rio Olympics, and then I heard this. Suddenly, my life became very quiet and I could see that everything was relative.  I took a few days to get used to the news, but now I am looking with confidence towards the future.  I am focusing on being positive and giving my all to recover well.  I can only focus on the things I can influence, but I have certainly not put the Rio Olympics out of my head.”

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