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Famous Athletes from Belgium

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List of famous athletes from Belgium, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Belgium has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Belgian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Belgium and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Belgium then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Belgian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Belgium?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Belgium in order to get more information about each one.
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Tom Boonen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Tom Boonen is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who won the 2005 world road race championship. He is a member of the Etixx-Quick Step team, and is a single-day road specialist with a ...more
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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Charlotte Hornets
William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional basketball player. The son of a professional basketball player, Parker played for two years in the French ...more
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Hans Van Alphen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Hans Van Alphen is a Belgian decathlete. Van Alphen won the silver medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade and finished eleventh at the 2007 World Championships. In 2005, he became Belgian champion ...more
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Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his ...more
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Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
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 ...more
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Bart Veldkamp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Bart Veldkamp is a retired speed skater, who represented both the Netherlands and Belgium in international competitions, including the Winter Olympics. He currently is the national speed skating ...more
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Eva Willemarck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Eva Willemarck is a Belgian bobsledder.
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Elfje Willemsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Elfje Willemse is a bobsledder from Belgium.
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Tia Hellebaut is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Tia Hellebaut is a retired Belgian track and field athlete, who started out in the heptathlon, but afterwards specialized in the high jump event. She has cleared 2.05 metres both indoors and ...more
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Karen Persyn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Karen Persyn is an alpine skier.
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Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters is a Belgian former professional tennis player. Clijsters is a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Clijsters won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles ...more
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Ulla Werbrouck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Ulla Werbrouck is a Belgian politician and former judoka. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the women's half-heavyweight category. In January 2007, she joined the newly ...more
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Jos Lansink is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Jozeph Johannes Gerardus Marinus Lansink is an equestrian from The Netherlands, but currently representing Belgium, who competes in the sport of show jumping. He has competed in six Olympic ...more
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Gordan Vidović is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Gordan Vidović is a former football player who played for the Belgium national team. His first club was FK Igman from Ilidža, suburb of Sarajevo. He was spotted there in 1988, by FK Željezničar ...more
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Axel Merckx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
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 ...more
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Sabine Appelmans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Sabine Appelmans is a former tennis player from Belgium, and was Belgium's Fed Cup captain from 2007 until 2011.
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Isabelle Pieman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Isabelle Pieman is a Belgian figure skater. She is a three-time Belgian national champion.
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Philippe Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Philippe Gilbert is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team BMC Racing Team. Gilbert is best known for winning the World Road Race Championships in 2012, and for being one ...more
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Eddy Merckx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
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 ...more
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Anthony Vanden Borre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Genoa C.F.C.
Anthony Henri Vanden Borre is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as defender for Anderlecht. He has been capped more than 25 times for the Belgium national team and is capable of ...more
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Ingrid Lempereur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Ingrid Lempereur is a former international top swimmer from Belgium. She won the bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke race at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles at the age of 15.
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Ilse Heylen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Ilse Heylen is a Belgian judoka. She won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Heylen also became the 2005 European Champion and won a silver medal in 2004 and a bronze ...more
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Marouane Fellaini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Everton F.C.
Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui, known as Marouane Fellaini, is a Belgian footballer who plays for English club Manchester United and the Belgium national team. Born in Etterbeek to Moroccan parents, ...more
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Kim Gevaert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Kim Gevaert is a former sprint athlete from Belgium.
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Élodie Ouédraogo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Élodie Ouédraogo is a retired Belgian sprinter of Burkinabé descent, who specializes in the 200 metres and 400 m hurdles. An Olympic silver medalist, her personal best time ...more