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Belgium 11th overall in European Championships medal table

Never before has Belgium won so many medals at a European Athletics Champions as this year. The six medals won in Berlin is twice the highest amount previously won at a European Outdoor athletics Championships. Add to this the 13 medals won at the European Cycling, gymnastics and Swimming Championships in Glasgow and Belgium’s total medal tally comes to 19.  

 

In Berlin there was gold for Nafi Thiam in the heptathlon, gold for Koen Naert in the Marathon, gold for the Belgian 4x400 metres team, silver for Bashir Abdi in the 10,000 metres, silver for Kevin Borlée in the 400 metres and bronze for Jonathan Borlée in the 400 metres.    

Belgium’s previous best medals tally at European outdoor athletic championships were in 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2016 when our athletes won 3 medals.

The last time Belgium won 3 gold medals was in 2006 when Kim Gevaert took gold in the 100 and 200 metres and Tia Hellebaut triumphed in the high jump.

13 medals in Glasgow

Meanwhile Belgium also took 13 medals at the European gymnastic, swimming and cycling championships in Glasgow. 

Nina Derwael won gold and silver in two of the gymnastics disciplines in which she competed. There was gold too for Victor Campenaerts in the time trial and Kenny De Ketele and Robbe Ghys took gold in team race.

Nicky De Grendele won silver in the Keirin, while Kenny De Ketele won a silver medal in points race.

There were bronze medals for the cyclists Wout Van Aert (road race), Githa Michiels (mountain biking) and Jolien D’hoore (scratch). The swimmer Kimberley Buys took silver in the 50 metres butterfly. There was silver for Marten Van Riel in the triathlon and for the Belgian mixed triathlon relay team. The gymnast Axelle Klinckaert completes the list of Belgium’s medal winners.