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Famous Athletes from Belgium

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.

Examples include Jo Van Daele and Roy Mauro.

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 (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɔm ˈboːnə(n)]; born 15 October 1980) is a Belgian former road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 2002 and 2017 for the U.S. Postal Service and  ...more
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    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium


    PositionPoint guard

    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 for Paris Basket  ...more

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    Hans Van Alphen (born 12 January 1982 in Turnhout) is a Belgian decathlete. Van Alphen won the silver medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade and finished eleventh at the 2007 World Championships. In  ...more
  • 4
    Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude van Damme (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ klod vɑ̃ dam], Dutch: [vɑn ˈdɑmə]) and as JCVD, is a  ...more

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    Justine Henin (French pronunciation: ​[ʒystin ɛnɛ̃]; born 1 June 1982), between 2002 and 2007 Justine Hénin-Hardenne, is a Belgian former professional tennis player known for her all-court style of  ...more
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    Bart Veldkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑrt ˈfɛltkɑmp]; born 22 November 1967) is a retired speed skater, who represented the Netherlands and later Belgium in international competitions, including the  ...more
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    Eva Willemarck is a Belgian bobsledder.  ...more
  • 8
    Elfje Willemsen (born 11 January 1985 in Turnhout) is a Belgian bobsledder who has competed since 2007. Her best finish until 2009 in the Bobsleigh World Cup was 20th in the two-woman event at Park  ...more
  • 9
    Tia Hellebaut (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈti.aː ˈɦɛləbʌut]; born 16 February 1978 in Antwerp) is a retired Belgian track and field athlete, as well as a chemist, who started out in her sports career in  ...more
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    Karen Persyn is an alpine skier.  ...more
  • 11
    Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters (Dutch pronunciation: [kɪm ˈklɛistərs] (listen); born 8 June 1983) is a Belgian former professional tennis player. Clijsters was a world No. 1 in both singles and doubles,  ...more
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    Ulla Werbrouck (born 24 January 1972 in Izegem) is a former Belgian politician and judoka. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the women's half-heavyweight category. In January  ...more
  • 13
    Jozeph Johannes Gerardus Marinus "Jos" Lansink (born 19 March 1961 in Weerselo) is an equestrian from the Netherlands, currently representing Belgium, who competes in the sport of show  ...more
  • 14
    Gordan Vidović (born 23 June 1968 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a former football player who played for the Belgium national team. His first club was FK Igman from Ilidža, suburb of  ...more
  • 15
    Axel Eddy Lucien Jonkheer Merckx (born 8 August 1972) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer and the son of five-time Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx. He is currently the team  ...more
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    Sabine Appelmans listen (born 22 April 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Belgium. She was Belgium's Fed Cup captain from 2007 until 2011.  ...more
  • 17
    Isabelle Pieman (born 28 September 1983) is a Belgian figure skater. She won five senior international medals and three Belgian national titles (2007, 2009, 2012). At the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy,  ...more
  • 18
    Philippe Gilbert (born 5 July 1982) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Deceuninck–Quick-Step. Gilbert is best known for winning the World Road Race  ...more
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    Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɛrks]; French: [mɛʁks]; born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer who  ...more

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    BirthplaceLikasi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    NationalityBelgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    PositionDefender, Midfielder

    Anthony Henri Vanden Borre (born 24 October 1987) is a Belgian footballer who last played as a defender for TP Mazembe in DR Congo. Vanden Borre has previously played for clubs in Belgium, Italy,  ...more
  • 21
    Ingrid Lempereur (born 26 June 1969 in Messancy, Province of Luxembourg, Belgium) is a former international top swimmer from Belgium. She won the bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke race at the  ...more
  • 22
    Ilse Heylen (born 21 March 1977, Edegem) is a Belgian judoka. She won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Heylen competed in the  ...more
  • 23

    Marouane Fellaini

    Everton F.C.

    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium


    PositionDefender, Forward, Midfielder

    Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui (born 22 November 1987) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan and former of the Belgium national football  ...more
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    Kim Gevaert (born 5 August 1978 in Leuven) is a former sprint athlete and Olympic champion from Belgium.  ...more
  • 25
    Élodie Ouédraogo (born 27 February 1981 in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode) is a retired Belgian sprinter of Burkinabé descent, who specializes in the 200 metres and 400 m hurdles. An Olympic gold medalist,  ...more