Hanna Mariën

Hanna Emilie Mariën (born 16 May 1982) is a Belgian retired athlete and bobsledder. As a sprinter, Mariën specialized in the 200 metres and won gold in the 4×100 m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[2][3][4] Mariën later became a bobsleigher, competing for Belgium at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Hanna Mariën
Emma Ania, Hanna Mariën 2009b.jpg
Mariën (right) in 2009
Personal information
Born16 May 1982 (1982-05-16) (age 39)
Herentals, Antwerp, Belgium
Height169 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
ClubAC Waasland, Sint-Niklaas
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)200 m - (2006)[1]


Mariën reached the semi-final at the 2006 European Championships and won the bronze medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade. At the 2007 World Championships she won a bronze medal in the 4×100 m relay, together with teammates Olivia Borlée, Élodie Ouédraogo and Kim Gevaert. With 42.75 seconds the team set a new Belgian record.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics Mariën competed in the 4×100 m relay, together with Gevaert, Borlée and Ouédraogo. In their first round heat they placed first in front of Great Britain, Brazil and Nigeria. Their time of 42.92 seconds was the third time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result they qualified for the final in which they sprinted to a time of 42.54 seconds and the second place, 0.23 seconds behind Russia.[2] In 2016, after Yuliya Chermoshanskaya's re-tested samples revealed two illegal substances, Russia was disqualified promoting Belgium to first place. She was awarded the gold medal eight years late on September 10, 2016.[5]


After retiring from athletics in 2012, Mariën turned to bobsleighing. With the national bobsleigh team, she participated at the 2014 Winter Olympics, where she and Elfje Willemsen ended sixth in the two woman bob.[3]


  1. ^ Hanna Mariën. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. ^ a b "Athlete biography: Hanna Marien". Beijing2008.cn. Archived from the original on 10 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Bobsleigh: Athletes – Sochi". sochi2014.com. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Hanna Mariën". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  5. ^ http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1041469/coe-and-hansen-hail-belated-olympic-gold-for-belgian-womens-4x100m-team-following-russian-doping-positive

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Preceded by
Kevin Van der Perren
Flagbearer for   Belgium
Sochi 2014
Succeeded by
Seppe Smits