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Belgium at the 1998 Winter Olympics

Belgium sent a delegation to compete at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan from 7–22 February 1998. The nation was represented by only one athlete, speed skater Bart Veldkamp. He won a bronze medal in the men's 5,000 metres race. With that bronze medal, Belgium finished in joint 22nd place on the medal table.

Belgium at the
1998 Winter Olympics
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
IOC codeBEL
NOCBelgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
Websitewww.olympic.be ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) ‹See Tfd›(in French)
in Nagano
Competitors1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Conrad Alleblas
Medals
Ranked 22nd
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

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BackgroundEdit

Belgium has been participating in the Olympic movement almost since the beginning, with their first appearance coming at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. They have competed in every Winter Olympic Games except for the 1960 and 1968 editions.[1] Coming into Nagano, they had won four medals in Winter Olympic competition, but none since the 1948 Winter Olympics.[1] The only Belgian representative to qualify for Nagano was speed skater Bart Veldkamp, who had previously won medals in the 10,000 metres race in both Albertville and Lillehammer.[2] Conrad Alleblas, Veldkamp's manager, was chosen as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[3]

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Bronze[4] Bart Veldkamp Speed skating Men's 5000 m February 8

With one bronze medal, Belgium ranked a joint 22nd in the medal table.[5]

Speed skatingEdit

Bard Veldkamp was 30 years old at the time of the Nagano Olympics.[4] Although Veldkamp was born in the Netherlands, he chose to take Belgian nationality in 1996 to make it easier to qualify for major competitions.[6] Veldkamp had won gold for the Netherlands at the 1992 Winter Olympics and bronze for the Netherlands at the 1994 Winter Olympics, and would go on to represent Belgium at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2006 Winter Olympics.[7] On 8 February, he took part in the 5,000 metres race. He went out early and set a new world record, only for two more world records to be set that day, leaving him in third place and the winner of the bronze medal.[8] On 12 February, despite being a distance specialist, he participated in the 1,500 metres, and finished 17th with a time of 1 minute and 51.73 seconds.[9] In the 10,000 metres, on 17 February, he skated in the final pairing, and finished fourth with a time of 13 minutes and 29 seconds, which was less than a second and a half behind the bronze medal time.[10]

Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
1500 m Bart Veldkamp 1:51.73 17
5000 m Bart Veldkamp 6:28.31  
10,000 m Bart Veldkamp 13:29.69 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Belgium". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Bart VELDKAMP – Olympic Speed skating – Belgium". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 26 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Les porte-drapeaux belges lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture des Jeux Olympiques d'hiver" (in French). Belga. 23 January 2018. Archived from the original on 15 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Belgium at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ "1998 Nagano Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Koss Tests Clap Skates, for the Record". The Washington Post. 20 February 1998. p. C10. Archived from the original on 16 February 2002. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Bart Veldkamp Bio, Stats, and Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games: Men's 5,000 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games: Men's 1,500 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.