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Dieter DEKONINCK
Sport Swimming
NOC Belgium   
GenderMen
Born28 Jan 1991 in Wilrijk, BEL
Height1.90 m
Weight 86 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
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)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:11.64
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
8 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.40
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.64
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:11.15
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:15.52
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 49.29
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:48.98
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:08.28
3 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.30
8 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Freestyle 49.42
4 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:15.58
4 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:15.34
7 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:19.96
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 48.21
9 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:45.15
14 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 22.21
24 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:47.85
11 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 24.64
6 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:27.27
8 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.32
38 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle 22.22
31 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Backstroke 24.70
42 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 54.73
54 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 24.26
42 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 48.86