Elka Graham

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Elka Graham
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1981-10-20) 20 October 1981 (age 33)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle

Elka Whalan (born 20 October 1981), née Elka Graham,[1] is an Australian former competition swimmer who swam in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics. Graham specialised in the 200 m and 400 m freestyle events, also swimming the 800 m freestyle. She represented Australia at numerous international meets, including the Pan Pacific Championships, World Swimming Championships in 2001 and 2003, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

She was a member of Australia's 4x200 m freestyle relay team that finished first at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, only to be disqualified when she and the rest of the relay jumped into the pool to celebrate before all the other teams in the heat had finished.[2]

In 2007 she claimed that she was offered performance enhancing drugs from another member of the Australian swimming team before the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, but refused to name the person.[3]

Graham retired from swimming in May 2006 and is now involved in the media, modelling and corporate speaking.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham's entry from www.sports-reference.com; retrieved 2011-08-01.
  2. ^ Splitting hairs: foxsports.com.au looks at times in sport when punishment didn't fit the crime. Published by FoxSports.com.au on 2011-02-15, retrieved 2011-08-01.
  3. ^ Swimming Australia ends Elka Graham dispute by Rebecca Williams, Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Published on 2007-10-31, retrieved 2011-08-01.
  4. ^ Speaker Elka Graham

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