Dutch swimmer Dekker reveals cancer diagnosis


Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in the women’s 100-meter freestyle relay at the last three Olympic Games, has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

In a statement posted Wednesday on the Dutch swimming union’s website, Dekker, 30, said she was shocked by the diagnosis.

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

The freestyle and butterfly specialist has long been part of the successful Dutch women’s freestyle relay team. She won a bronze medal in the 100-meter relay in Athens in 2004, gold in Beijing four years later and silver in London.