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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?"

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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 "Tony" Parker, Jr. is a French professional basketball player who plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. The son of a professional ...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

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Pieter Gysel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Pieter Gysel is a Belgian short track speed skater.

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Peter Van Petegem is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
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 ...more

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Yanina Wickmayer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Yanina Wickmayer is a Belgian professional tennis player. She reached her career-high WTA ranking of world no. 12 on 19 April 2010. She is also known for reaching the semifinals at the 2009 US ...more

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Steed Malbranque is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Fulham F.C. Steed Malbranque is a Belgian-born French footballer who plays for Olympique Lyonnais. Malbranque is in his second spell with Lyon, having begun his professional career there before moving to ...more

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Filip Meirhaeghe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Filip Meirhaeghe is a retired Belgian racing cyclist. His primary focus was in mountain bike racing, however, he has also taken part in elite road, cyclo-cross and track cycling. He has won four ...more

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Bart Mollin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Bart Mollin is an Olympic Alpine Skier.

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Karin Steyaert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Karin Steyaert

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D. J. Mbenga is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Didier "D. J." Ilunga-Mbenga is a Belgian-Congolese professional basketball player. He has also played for the Belgian national basketball team as he is a dual citizen of both his

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Olivier Rochus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Olivier Rochus is a retired Belgian tennis player. He has won two singles titles in his career and in 2004 won the French Open doubles title partnering fellow Belgian Xavier Malisse. Rochus' ...more

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Kevin van der Perren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
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 ...more

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Mulopo Kudimbana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
R. Union Saint-Gilloise Nicaise Mulopo Kudimbana is a football goalkeeper from Congo DR, he currently plays for Anderlecht.

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Vincent Kompany is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Belgium national football team Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for and captains both English club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. He is capable of playing at centre back ...more

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Olivia Borlée is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Olivia Borlée is a Belgian sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres. Her personal best time in the individual distance is 22.98 seconds, achieved in July 2006 in Brussels. She has 11.39 ...more

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Mario Mutsch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
FC Sion Mario Mutsch is a Luxembourger footballer playing currently for FC St. Gallen in Switzerland. Mutsch was born in Belgium, his mother comes from Belgium and his father from Luxembourg. He comes ...more

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Robert Grondelaers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Robert Grondelaers was a road cyclist from Belgium. He won the silver medal in the men's individual road race at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. At the same tournament he claimed ...more

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David Habarugira is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
David Habarugira Burundi national football team David Habarugira is a Burundian footballer who currently plays for Belgian Second Division side FC Brussels.

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Gaby Mudingayi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Bologna F.C. 1909 Gabriel "Gaby" Mudingayi is a Belgian footballer who plays for Italian club A.C. Cesena as a central midfielder.

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Marvin Ogunjimi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
K.R.C. Genk Marvin Ogunjimi is a Belgian football forward of Nigerian descent, who currently plays for Strømsgodset in Norwegian Premier League. Until 2011, he played for the Belgian national team ...more

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André Noyelle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
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 ...more

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Nathalie De Vos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Nathalie De Vos Nathalie De Vos is a Belgian long-distance runner who specializes in the 5000 and 10,000 metres. At the 2006 European Championships she finished eleventh in the 5000 m and tenth in the 10,000 m. ...more

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Jan Vertonghen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Ajax Amsterdam Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen is a Belgian footballer who plays as a defender for English club Tottenham Hotspur and the Belgian national team. A left-footed player who usually plays as a centre ...more

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Steve Darcis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Steve Darcis is a Belgian professional tennis player. He has won two ATP titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 44 in May 2008. He defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets ...more

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Hanna Mariën is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Hanna Emilie Mariën is a Belgian sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres. She was born in Herentals. Her personal best time on the individual distance is 22.68 seconds, achieved in July ...more

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Stijn De Smet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
K.A.A. Gent Stijn De Smet is a Belgian professional football player, who currently plays for K.V. Kortrijk.

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Önder Turacı is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Belgium
Fenerbahçe SK Önder Turacı is a Belgian-born Turkish professional footballer who plays for Antalyaspor in the TFF First League as a defender.