Mirjam de Koning
|Women's para swimming|
|2008 Beijing||100 m backstroke S6|
|2008 Beijing||50 m freestyle S6|
|2008 Beijing||100 m freestyle S6|
|2008 Beijing||400 m freestyle S6|
|2012 London||100 m backstroke S6|
|2006 Durban||50 m freestyle S6|
|2010 Eindhoven||50 m freestyle S6|
|2010 Eindhoven||100 m freestyle S6|
|2006 Durban||100 m freestyle S6|
|2006 Durban||100 m backstroke S6|
De Koning was born with damaged connective tissue. After her daughter Sarina was born in 1993, she had seven anterior cruciate ligament surgeries. In 1999 she suffered from a hernia and during a back-surgery and a nerve was damaged. This left her with a form of paraplegia, hence she competes in the S6 classification. Swimming and wheelchair basketball were her sports, but as wheelchair basketball caused a lot of injuries, she decided to mainly focus on swimming. She started to train five times a week with local swim team called Oceanus in Aalsmeer. Not much later she was one of the fastest swimmers at her club, being able to keep up with swimmers without a disability. That year she swam seven Dutch national records in both 25 and 50 metres pools.
In 2005, she was ready to take part in the Dutch national championships, but to participate she had to be a member of the national swimming association. Just a few days before the start she became a member and she won four gold medals, breaking all four Dutch national records as well as a European record. The national records were in the 50 m freestyle, 50 m butterfly and at the 100 m freestyle. The European record and thus fourth Dutch record she swam at the 50m backstroke. De Koning broke her first World Record at the Open Danish swimming championships in Esbjerg, March 2006. She won seven medals at the Championships, of which four golds, one silver and two bronze as well as a new World Record at the 50m backstroke in a time of 45.46 seconds. She also broke another four Dutch national records. She then qualified for the 2006 World Championships in Durban, South Africa and she won two bronze medals. At the 100 m freestyle she swam a time of 1:22.50 and at the 100m backstroke she came to a time of 1:35.26 to take her second bronze. A few days later she became World Champion at the 50m freestyle after winning her race in 37.67 seconds to take her third medal of the Championships. At the 400m freestyle she finished in fourth place.
She represented the Netherlands at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing for a total of four events. At her first event, the 100m freestyle she won her first round heat in a time of 1:18.56, which was by far the best time of all finalists, with Eleanor Simmonds with 1:21.86 coming in second place. In the final Simmonds managed to improve her time to 1:18.75 while De Koning was only able to swim January 19, 2029 and take the silver, finishing still in front of Paralympic and World Record holder Doramitzi Gonzalez. Later in the week she beat Simmonds in the 50 m freestyle and came second behind Simmonds in the 400 freestyle. She also won a gold medal in the 100 m backstroke event.
Personal best timesEdit
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- Een sportief gesprek in de Nieuwe meerbode, 17 November 2005, Zwem-Mirjam, retrieved September 8, 2008
- "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
- Kranten artikel van de amstelgids, Juli 2005, Zwem-Mirjam, retrieved September 8, 2008
- Wereldrecord voor Mirjam de Koning, Zwem-Mirjam, retrieved September 8, 2008
- 17 December 2006, Zwem-Mirjam, retrieved September 8, 2008
- Beijing 2008: 100m freestyle series results Archived September 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, beijing2008.cn, retrieved September 8, 2008
- Beijing 2008: 100m freestyle final results Archived September 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, beijing2008.cn, retrieved September 8, 2008
- Results for Mirjam de Koning-Peper from the International Paralympic Committee (archived). Retrieved September 24, 2012.
- Mirjam de Koning personal bests, Zwem-Mirjam, retrieved September 8, 2008