Gevaert in 2008
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (132 lb)|
|Club||V. A. C. Steenokkerzeel |
CA Valencia Terra i Mar
|Coached by||Rudi Diels|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2004, 2008|
|Personal best(s)||100 m – 11.04 (2006)|
200 m – 22.20 (2006)
Her closest brush with a world title came in running 4/100 of a second behind three-time champion Gail Devers at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics. At the next World Indoor Championships, in 2006, she won the bronze medal in a national record time of 7.11 seconds.
On 9 August 2006 Gevaert won the 100 metres at the European Championships in 11.06 seconds. Two days later, she also won the final of the 200 metres, which was celebrated together with fellow Belgian athlete Tia Hellebaut, who had won gold in the high jump final only minutes before Kim Gevaert. With her first medal, Gevaert became the first Belgian gold medalist at the European Championships in 35 years and the first woman to win the sprint double since 1994.
At the 2007 World Championships she won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay, together with teammates Hanna Mariën, Olivia Borlée and Élodie Ouédraogo. With 42.75 seconds the team set a new Belgian record. A few days earlier as best European athlete she had finished 5th in a thrilling 100 m final.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Gevaert was in the best condition of her life. She reached the 100 m semifinals by ending 3rd in her quarterfinals, but after missing her start she finished sixth and failed to proceed to the finals. In the finals of the 4×100 m for women a couple of days later, Gevaert ran the final leg for the Belgian team and finished in second behind the Russians to bring home the silver medal in a new Belgian record of 42.54 seconds. On 16 August 2016, it was announced that the IOC had officially disqualified the Russian 4 x 100 metres relay team after Yuliya Chermoshanskaya's re-tested samples revealed two illegal substances, awarding the gold medal to the Belgian team. She was awarded the gold medal eight years late on September 10, 2016.
Gevaert has two brothers, Marlon and John, and a sister Sigrid. Marlon competed in sprint at the national level in Belgium before becoming a national sprint coach in New Zealand. In 2010 Gevaert married her long-time partner and a fellow athlete Djeke Mambo. They have two sons and one daughter, who are bilingual, as the principal language of their father is French and of their mother is Dutch.
|1996||World Junior Championships||Sydney, Australia||100m||10th (sf)||11.74|
|200m||7th||23.88 (wind: -2.2 m/s)|
|1999||European U23 Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||100m||3rd||11.39 (wind: -0.2 m/s)|
|200m||5th||23.08 (wind: -0.5 m/s)|
|2002||European Indoor Championship||Vienna, Austria||60 m||1st||7.16|
|European Championships||Munich, Germany||100 m||2nd||11.22|
|2003||1st IAAF World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||200 m||4th||22.95|
|2004||World Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||60 m||2nd||7.12 NR|
|2005||European Indoor Championships||Madrid, Spain||60 m||1st||7.16|
|2006||World Indoor Championships||Moscow, Russia||60 m||3rd||7.11 NR|
|European Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||100 m||1st||11.06 |
(First Belgian woman to win a gold medal in this event.)
|2007||European Indoor Championship||Birmingham, England||60 m||1st||7.12 |
(7.10 in the semi-final NR)
|World Championships||Osaka, Japan||100 m||5th||11.05 |
(First European woman)
|4 × 100 m||3rd||42.75 NR|
|2008||2008 Summer Olympics||Beijing Olympic Stadium, Peking||4 × 100 m||1st||42.54 NR|
|Memorial Van Damme||Brussels, Belgium||100 m||1st||11.25 |
(last event before her retirement)
- 60 metres: 7.10 seconds (Belgian Record)
- 100 metres: 11.04 seconds (Wind: 2.0/Place: Brussels/Date:09 07 2006) (Belgian Record)
- 200 metres: 22.20 seconds (Brussels/09 07 2006) (Belgian Record)
- 400 metres: 51.45 seconds (-/Gent/08 05 2005) (Belgian Record)
- Kim Gevaert. sports-reference.com
- "Athlete biography: Kim Gevaert". Beijing2008.cn. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- Gevaert to retire at end of season. IAAF (5 August 2008 )
- Marlon Gevaert is trainer van Nieuw-Zeeland maar supporter van Kim. nieuwsblad.be (29 August 2007)
- De Bruycker, Gerlinde (29 February 2016) Kim Gevaert: "Ik hoef niet per se bekend te blijven". De Morgen