Elka Graham

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Elka Graham
Personal information
Full nameElka Graham
National teamAustralia
Born (1981-10-20) 20 October 1981 (age 40)
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing Australia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney 4×200 m free
World Championships (LC)
Silver medal – second place 2003 Barcelona 4×200 m free
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Barcelona 4×100 m free
SC Worlds
Silver medal – second place 2002 Moscow 4×100 m free
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Moscow 4×200 m free
Pan Pacific Championships
Silver medal – second place 2002 Yokohama 200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2002 Yokohama 4×200 m free
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2002 Manchester 4×200 m free
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Manchester 200 m freestyle

Elka Graham (born 20 October 1981), now known by her married name Elka Whalan,[1] is an Australian former competition swimmer who swam in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics. Graham specialised in the 200-metre and 400-metre freestyle events, also swimming the 800-metre 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 4×200-metre 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 final 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]

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  1. ^ "Elka Whalan". elkawhalan.com.
  2. ^ Splitting hairs: foxsports.com.au looks at times in sport when punishment didn't fit the crime. Published by FoxSports.com.au on 15 February 2011, retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ Swimming Australia ends Elka Graham dispute by Rebecca Williams, Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Published on 31 October 2007, retrieved 1 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Elka Whalan". celebrityspeakers.com.au. Retrieved 1 December 2014.

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