belgium The Best Olympic Athletes from Belgium

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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Belgium, with photos when available. These are the best Belgian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Belgian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Belgian Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Belgium is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

List is made up of a variety of athletes, including Justine Henin and Marc Wauters.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best Belgian Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from Belgium?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Belgium Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Belgium.
Eddy Merckx is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Belgium
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Eddy Merckx


Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx, better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer, considered to be the greatest cyclist ever. The French magazine Vélo described Merckx as "the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known," while VeloNews of the ...more

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Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1945-06-17

Place Of Birth: Tielt-Winge, Belgium, Flemish Brabant, 3390Earth, + more

Olympic Sport: Cycling

Nationality: Belgium

Weight: 82.0

Olympic Games Participant: 1964 Summer Olympics

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#29 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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Jolien D'HOORE


Jolien D'HOORE is an olympian track cyclist representing Belgium. ...more

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Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1990-03-14

Place Of Birth: Ghent, Belgium

Olympic Sport: Track cycling

Nationality: Belgium

Weight: 63

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

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André Noyelle


André Noyelle was a road racing cyclist from Belgium. He won the gold medal in the men's individual road race at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. At the same tournament he also claimed the title in the men's team road race, alongside Robert Grondelaers and Lucien Victor. He was a ...more

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Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race

Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1931-11-29

Place Of Birth: Ypres, Belgium, Earth, EuropeWestern Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Road cycling

Nationality: Belgium

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's team road race, Cycling at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race

Olympic Medalist Games: 1952 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1952 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

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Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Belgium
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Justine Henin


Justine Henin, known between 2002 and 2007 as Justine Henin-Hardenne, is a Belgian former professional tennis player and former World No. 1. Henin won 43 WTA singles titles and seven Grand Slam singles titles, including four French Open titles, one Australian Open title, and two US Open titles. She ...more

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Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Tennis, singles

Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1982-06-01

Place Of Birth: Liège, Belgium, Liège, EarthEurope, + more

Olympic Sport: Tennis

Nationality: Belgium

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Tennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Singles

Weight: 57.0

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

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#12 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

#12 on The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Joseph Werbrouck


Joseph Werbrouck was a Belgian track cycling racer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. In 1908 he won the bronze medal in the 20 kilometres competition. He also competed in the 660 yards event but was eliminated in the first round. ...more

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Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Track Cycling, 20km

Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1882-01-10

Olympic Sport: Cycling

Nationality: Belgium

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics - Men's 20 kilometres

Olympic Medalist Games: 1908 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1908 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

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Kevin van der Perren is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Belgium
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Kevin Van der Perren is a Belgian figure skater. He is the 2007 & 2009 European bronze medalist, a three-time Grand Prix medalist, and a seven-time Belgian national champion. Van der Perren was the flagbearer for Belgium at the 2006 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. ...more

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Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1982-08-06

Place Of Birth: Ninove, Belgium, Earth, EuropeWestern Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Figure skating

Nationality: Belgium

Olympic Games Participant: 2002 Winter Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics

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Axel Merckx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Belgium
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Axel Merckx


Axel Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer. In his professional career that began in 1993 and ended in 2007, he has won an Olympic bronze medal and competed in eight Tours de France, finishing as the highest-placed Belgian rider six times. He is the son of professional cyclist ...more

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Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling^! individual road race

Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1972-08-08

Place Of Birth: Uccle, Belgium, Earth, EuropeWestern Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Road cycling

Nationality: Belgium

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race, Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race

Weight: 77.0

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

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Peter Van Petegem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Belgium
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Peter Van Petegem


Peter van Petegem is a former professional road racing cyclist. Van Petegem last rode for Quick Step-Innergetic, in 2007. He lived in Horebeke. He was a specialist in spring classics, one of ten riders to win the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix in the same season. His last race was the GP Briek ...more

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Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race

Olympic Country: Belgium

Date Of Birth: 1970-01-18

Place Of Birth: Brakel, Belgium, Earth, EuropeWestern Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Cycling

Nationality: Belgium

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race

Weight: 70.0

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

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