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Dieter
Dekoninck
BelgiumBelgium, BEL
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 January 1991
Height
190 cm
Weight
86 kg
Residence
Kapellen, BEL
Occupation
Student
Languages
Dutch, English, French
Higher education
Construction, Industrial Engineering - University of Antwerp: Belgium

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age six in Kapellen, Belgium.

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Belgium
Location
Istanbul, TUR

General Interest

Hobbies
Sports and movies. (Facebook page, 03 Oct 2016)
Hero / Idol
Belgian swimmer Wim Goris. (sportlounge-magazine.gratis, 15 Jun 2015)
Injuries
He felt ill and suffered a gluteal muscle injury during the 2015 Belgian Championships forced and was forced to withdraw from the remainder of the event. (swimnation.be, 18 Nov 2015)

He had surgery on his shoulder in May 2014. He returned to competition in November 2014. (sportlounge-magazine.gratis, 15 Jun 2015; Facebook page, 01 Feb 2016; Twitter profile, 16 Nov 2014)

He suffered a back injury in late 2012. He returned to competition in January 2013. (Twitter profile, 19 Jan 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Strive for perfection." (zwemfed.be, 01 Feb 2011)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2012 Athlete of the Year in Kapellen, Belgium (Twitter profile, 2 Feb 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive swimming after competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at age 25. "I say goodbye to elite swimming. I'm looking for new challenges and I especially want to thank the people who have supported me in my difficult times." (hln.be, 09 Sep 2016)