Belgium at the Olympics

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Belgium has competed at most editions of the Olympic Games after making its first appearance at the 1900 Games. The nation was host to the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp.

Belgium at the
Olympics
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
IOC codeBEL
NOCBelgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
Websitewww.olympic.be (in Dutch and French)
Medals
Gold
41
Silver
55
Bronze
58
Total
154
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Belgian athletes have won 148 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another six at the Winter Olympic Games.

The National Olympic Committee for Belgium was created and recognized in 1906.

Hosted GamesEdit

Belgium has hosted the Games on one occasion.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1920 Summer Olympics Antwerp 20 April – 12 September 29 2,626 156

Medal tablesEdit

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Medals by summer sportEdit

SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
  Archery116320
  Cycling781126
  Athletics55212
  Equestrian42612
  Fencing33410
  Sailing2439
  Judo21912
  Shooting1438
  Swimming1225
  Weightlifting1214
  Boxing1124
  Football1012
  Tennis1012
  Rowing0628
  Water polo0426
  Wrestling0303
  Field hockey0112
  Gymnastics0112
  Tug of war0011
Totals (19 sports)405355148

Medals by winter sportEdit

SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
  Figure skating1012
  Bobsleigh0112
  Speed skating0112
Totals (3 sports)1236

List of medalistsEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Medal Name(s) Games Sport Event
  Gold Gaston Reiff   1948 London   Athletics Men's 5,000 m
  Gold Léon Delathouwer
Eugène van Roosbroeck
Lode Wouters
  1948 London   Cycling Men's team road race
  Silver Pierre Nihant   1948 London   Cycling (Track) Men's 1,000 m time trial
  Silver Joseph Vissers   1948 London   Boxing Men's lightweight
  Bronze Etienne Gailly   1948 London   Athletics Men's marathon
  Bronze Lode Wouters   1948 London   Cycling (Road) Men's individual race
  Bronze Paul Valcke
André van de Werve de Vorsselaer
Georges de Bourguignon
Raymond Bru
Edouard Yves
Henri Paternoster
  1948 London   Fencing Men's foil team competition
  Gold André Noyelle   1952 Helsinki   Cycling (Road) Men's individual race
  Gold Robert Grondelaers
André Noyelle
Lucien Victor
  1952 Helsinki   Cycling (Road) Men's team race
  Silver Robert Grondelaers   1952 Helsinki   Cycling (Road) Men's individual race
  Silver Bob Baetens
Michel Knuysen
  1952 Helsinki   Rowing Men's coxless pairs
  Silver André Nelis   1956 Melbourne   Sailing Men's finn individual competition
  Silver Joseph Mewis   1956 Melbourne   Wrestling Men's freestyle featherweight
  Silver Roger Moens   1960 Rome   Athletics Men's 800 m
  Silver Leo Sterckx   1960 Rome   Cycling (Track) Men's sprint
  Bronze Willy van den Berghen   1960 Rome   Cycling (Road) Men's individual road race
  Bronze André Nelis   1960 Rome   Sailing Men's finn class
  Gold Gaston Roelants   1964 Tokyo   Athletics Men's 3,000 m steeplechase
  Gold Patrick Sercu   1964 Tokyo   Cycling (Track) Men's 1,000 m time trial
  Bronze Walter Godefroot   1964 Tokyo   Cycling Men's individual road race
  Silver Serge Reding   1968 Mexico City   Weightlifting Men's heavyweight
  Bronze Daniel Goens
Robert van Lancker
  1968 Mexico City   Cycling Men's tandem
  Silver Emiel Puttemans   1972 Munich   Athletics Men's 10,000 m
  Silver Karel Lismont   1972 Munich   Athletics Men's marathon
  Silver Ivo van Damme   1976 Montreal   Athletics Men's 800 m
  Silver Ivo van Damme   1976 Montreal   Athletics Men's 1500 m
  Silver Michel Vaarten   1976 Montreal   Cycling (Track) Men's 1000 m time trial
  Bronze Karel Lismont   1976 Montreal   Athletics Men's marathon
  Bronze François Mathy   1976 Montreal   Equestrian Individual jumping
  Bronze Edgar-Henri Cuepper
François Mathy
Stanny van Paesschen
Eric Wauters
  1976 Montreal   Equestrian Team jumping
  Gold Robert Van de Walle   1980 Moscow   Judo Men's 95 kg
  Gold Roger Ilegems   1984 Los Angeles   Cycling (Track) Men's points race
  Silver Dirk Crois
Pierre-Marie Deloof
  1984 Los Angeles   Rowing Men's double sculls
  Bronze Ann Haesebrouck   1984 Los Angeles   Rowing Women's single sculls
  Bronze Ingrid Lempereur   1984 Los Angeles   Swimming Women's 200 m breaststroke
  Bronze Robert Van de Walle   1988 Seoul   Judo Men's 95 kg
  Bronze Frans Peeters   1988 Seoul   Shooting Men's trap
  Silver Annelies Bredael   1992 Barcelona   Rowing Women's single sculls
  Bronze Cédric Mathy   1992 Barcelona   Cycling Men's points race
  Bronze Heidi Rakels   1992 Barcelona   Judo Women's 66 kg
  Gold Ulla Werbrouck   1996 Atlanta   Judo Women's 72 kg
  Gold Fred Deburghgraeve   1996 Atlanta   Swimming Men's 100 m breaststroke
  Silver Gella Vandecaveye   1996 Atlanta   Judo Women's 61 kg
  Silver Sébastien Godefroid   1996 Atlanta   Sailing Men's finn class
  Bronze Harry Van Barneveld   1996 Atlanta   Judo Men's +95 kg
  Bronze Marisabel Lomba   1996 Atlanta   Judo Women's 56 kg
  Silver Filip Meirhaeghe   2000 Sydney   Cycling Men's mountain biking
  Silver Etienne De Wilde
Matthew Gilmore
  2000 Sydney   Cycling (Track) Men's madison
  Bronze Ann Simons   2000 Sydney   Judo Women's 48kg
  Bronze Gella Vandecaveye   2000 Sydney   Judo Women's 63kg
  Bronze Els Callens
Dominique Van Roost
  2000 Sydney   Tennis Women's doubles
  Gold Justine Henin-Hardenne   2004 Athens   Tennis Women's singles
  Bronze Axel Merckx   2004 Athens   Cycling (Road) Men's road race
  Bronze Ilse Heylen   2004 Athens   Judo Women's 52 kg
  Gold[a] Olivia Borlée
Kim Gevaert
Hanna Mariën
Élodie Ouédraogo
  2008 Beijing   Athletics Women's 4 × 100 m relay
  Gold Tia Hellebaut   2008 Beijing   Athletics Women's high jump
  Silver Lionel Cox   2012 London   Shooting Men's 50 m rifle prone
  Bronze Charline Van Snick   2012 London   Judo Women's 48 kg
  Bronze Evi Van Acker   2012 London   Sailing Women's laser radial
  Gold Nafissatou Thiam   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Athletics Women's heptathlon
  Gold Greg Van Avermaet   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Cycling (Road) Men's road race
  Silver   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Field hockey Men's tournament
  Silver Pieter Timmers   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Swimming Men's 100 m freestyle
  Bronze Jolien D'Hoore   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Cycling Women's omnium
  Bronze Dirk Van Tichelt   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Judo Men's 73 kg
  Silver Wout van Aert   2020 Tokyo   Cycling (Road) Men's road race
  Bronze Matthias Casse   2020 Tokyo   Judo Men's 81 kg

Summary by sportEdit

AquaticsEdit

SwimmingEdit

Belgium's Olympic debut included one swimmer, who entered the men's 4000 metre freestyle and did not finish the first round (semifinals).

Games Swimmers Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 1 1/7 0 0 0 0
Total 1 2 2 5
Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's 4000 metre freestyle 1/1 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 DNF (1900)

ArcheryEdit

Archery was one of the sports in which Belgium competed in the nation's first appearance in 1900. The Belgian archers took the gold medal in 3 of the 7 events in Paris, finishing with 7 medals total.

Games Archers Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 18 7/7 3 3 1 7
Total 11 6 3 20
Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's Au Cordon Doré 33 metres 1/1 1900 1900 1900 1 0 0 1   (1900)
Men's Au Cordon Doré 50 metres 1/1 1900 1900 N/A 0 1 0 1   (1900)
Men's Au Chapelet 33 metres 1/1 1900 1900 1900 1 0 0 1   (1900)
Men's Au Chapelet 50 metres 1/1 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 4th (1900)
Men's Championnat Du Monde 1/1 1900 1900 N/A 0 1 0 1   (1900)
Men's Sur La Perche À La Herse 1/1 1900 1900 1900 1 1 0 2   (1900)
Men's Sur La Perche À La Pyramide 1/1 1900 1900 N/A 0 0 1 1   (1900)

CyclingEdit

Belgium's debut in 1900 included one cyclist.

Games Cyclists Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 1 1/3 0 0 0 0
Total 7 7 11 25

TrackEdit

Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's sprint 16/26 1900 1960 N/A 0 1 0 1   (1960)

EquestrianEdit

Belgium competed at the first equestrian events in 1900, winning gold medals in three of the five events.

Games Riders Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 15 5/5 3 1 1 5
Total 4 2 6 12

JumpingEdit

Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Individual jumping 19/25 1900 1900 1900 1 1 2 4   (1900)
High jump 1/1 1900 1900 N/A 0 0 1 1   (1900)
Long jump 1/1 1900 1900 1900 1 0 0 1   (1900)

DrivingEdit

Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Hacks and hunter combined 1/1 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 5–51 (1900)
Mail coach 1/1 1900 1900 1900 1 0 0 1   (1900)

FencingEdit

Belgium's Olympic debut in 1900 included five fencers, one of whom reached the final pool but who won no medals.

Games Fencers Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 5 4/7 0 0 0 0
Total 3 3 4 10
Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's épée 18/27 1900 1912 1912 2 0 1 3   (1912, 1924)
Men's foil 17/27 1900 1924 N/A 0 0 1 1   (1924)
Men's master's foil 1/2 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 10th (1900)
Men's masters sabre 1/1 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 8th (1900)

FootballEdit

Belgium's Olympic debut in 1900 included a men's football team, which is currently recognized as bronze medalists. The team's next appearance was as the host of the 1920 Games, at which the Belgian men won gold. Belgium competed again at the next two Games (1924 and 1928), but then did not appear again until 2008. That year, Belgium reached the semifinals but then lost twice to finish fourth.

Belgium has not appeared at the Olympics in women's soccer.

Games Players Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 12 1/1 0 0 1 1
Total 1 0 1 2
Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's 5/26 1900 1900 1920 1 0 1 2   (1920)

GymnasticsEdit

Belgium's Olympic debut in 1900 included two gymnasts who competed in the men's individual all-around.

Games Gymnasts Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 2 1/1 0 0 0 0
Total 0 1 1 2

ArtisticEdit

Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's individual all-around 7/27 1900 1932 N/A 0 1 0 1 4th (1920)

RowingEdit

Belgium competed at the first Olympic rowing regatta in 1900; the Royal Club Nautique de Gand men's eight took silver.

Games Rowers Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 11 2/4 0 1 0 1
Total 0 6 2 8
Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's coxed pair 9/18 1900 1928 N/A 0 0 1 1   (1928)
Men's eight 5/27 1900 1900 N/A 0 2 0 2   (1900, 1908)

ShootingEdit

Belgium debuted in shooting in 1900, taking two bronze medals.

Games Shooters Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 10 7/9 0 0 2 2
Total 1 4 3 8
Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's 300 metre free rifle, standing 1/1 1900 1900 N/A 0 0 1 1   (1900)
Men's 300 metre free rifle, kneeling 1/1 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 4th (1900)
Men's 300 metre free rifle, prone 1/1 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 8th (1900)
Men's 300 metre free rifle, three positions 3/11 1900 1900 N/A 0 0 1 1   (1900)
Men's 300 metre free rifle, team 3/4 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 5th (1908)
Men's pistol 10/24 1900 1908 1908 1 1 0 2   (1908)
Men's pistol, team 3/4 1900 1908 N/A 0 1 0 1   (1908)

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • "Belgium". International Olympic Committee.
  • "Belgium". Olympedia.com.
  • "Olympic Analytics/BEL". olympanalyt.com.
  • BOIC - Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee official website