Belgium at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Belgium at the Olympic Games

Flag of Belgium
IOC code  BEL
NOC Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
Website www.olympic.be (Dutch) (French)
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 119 in 16 sports
Flag bearer Tia Hellebaut (opening)
Lionel Cox (closing)
Medals
Rank: 60
Gold
0
Silver
1
Bronze
2
Total
3
Olympic history (summary)
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Intercalated Games
1906

Belgium competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Belgian Olympic Committee sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games since 1976. A total of 119 athletes, 75 men and 44 women, competed in 16 sports. There was only a single competitor in slalom canoeing, BMX cycling, equestrian dressage, rowing, shooting, table tennis, and weightlifting. Field hockey, was the only team event in which Belgium had its representation in these Olympic games.

The Belgian team featured twins and national track stars Kevin and Jonathan Borlee, and the defending champion Tia Hellebaut in the women's high jump. Hellebaut was also appointed by the Belgian Olympic Committee to carry the nation's flag at the opening ceremony. Table tennis player and multiple-time world champion Jean-Michel Saive became the first Belgian athlete to compete in seven Olympic games. Equestrian show jumper Jos Lansink was also at his seventh Olympic appearance as an individual athlete, having participated as part of the Belgian team since 2004 (three of his appearances were represented for the Netherlands).

Belgium, however, failed to win the gold medal for the first time since 2004, but left London with only three medals. Judoka Charline Van Snick and laser sailor Evi Van Acker settled for the bronze medals in their respective sports, while Lionel Cox won the silver in rifle shooting.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Silver Lionel Cox Shooting Men's 50 m rifle prone 3 August
 Bronze Charline Van Snick Judo Women's 48 kg 28 July
 Bronze Evi Van Acker Sailing Women's Laser Radial 6 August

Athletics[edit]

Belgian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard):[1][2]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jonathan Borlée 400 m 44.43 NR 1 Q 44.99 3 q 44.83 6
Kevin Borlée 45.14 1 Q 44.84 2 Q 44.81 5
Michael Bultheel 400 m hurdles 49.18 PB 6 q 49.10 PB 6 Did not advance
Adrien Deghelt 110 m hurdles 13.52 PB 3 Q 13.42 PB 4 Did not advance
Jonathan Borlee
Kevin Borlee
Michael Bultheel
Nils Duerinck*
Antoine Gillet
4×400 m relay
3:01.70 4 q N/A 3:01.83 6

* Competed in heats only

Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Hans van Alphen Result 11.05 7.64 PB 15.48 2.05 49.18 14.89 48.28 4.80 61.69 4:22.50 8447 4
Points 850 970 819 850 853 863 835 849 763 795
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Almensch Belete 5000 m 15:10.24 11 N/A Did not advance
Eline Berings 100 m hurdles 13.46 2 Q 13.46 7 Did not advance
Elodie Ouedraogo 400 m hurdles 55.89 4 Q 55.20 PB 4 Did not advance
Anne Zagré 100 m hurdles 13.04 4 q 12.94 6 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Svetlana Bolshakova Triple jump 13.84 21 Did not advance
Tia Hellebaut High jump 1.93 =2 q 1.97 5
Combined events – Heptathlon
Athlete Event 100H HJ SP 200 m LJ JT 800 m Final Rank
Sara Aerts Result 12.94 PB 1.65 14.43 PB DNS DNF
Points 1133 795 823 0

Badminton[edit]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Yuhan Tan Men's singles  Nguyễn T M (VIE)
L 21–17, 10–21, 14–21
 Kashyap (IND)
L 21–14, 21–12
3 Did not advance
Lianne Tan Women's singles  Nehwal (IND)
L 4–21, 14–21
 Jaquet (SUI)
W 21–16, 21–16
2 Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Slalom[edit]

Belgium has so far qualified boats for the following events

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Best Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mathieu Doby Men's K-1 92.74 12 87.92 3 87.92 4 Q 102.58 11 Did not advance

Sprint[edit]

Belgium has so far qualified boats for the following events

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Maxime Richard Men's K-1 200 m 36.125 5 Q 37.029 7 FB 38.435 13
Olivier Cauwenbergh
Laurens Pannecoucke
Men's K-2 200 m 35.297 7 FB BYE 36.336 12
Men's K-2 1000 m 3:24.304 4 Q 3:15.655 5 FB 3:13.298 10

Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Philippe Gilbert Road race 5:46.05 19
Time trial 54:39.98 17
Tom Boonen Road race 5:46.37 28
Jürgen Roelandts 5:46.05 7
Greg Van Avermaet 5:46.37 92
Stijn Vandenbergh 5:46.51 100
Women
Athlete Event Time Rank
Liesbet De Vocht Road race 3:35.56 9
Time trial 42:08.28 23
Ludivine Henrion Road race OTL
Maaike Polspoel 3:36.01 29

Track[edit]

Pursuit
Athlete Event Qualification Semifinals Final
Time Rank Opponent
Results
Rank Opponent
Results
Rank
Dominique Cornu
Kenny De Ketele
Gijs Van Hoecke
Jonathan Dufrasne
Men's team pursuit 4:04.053 9 Did not advance
Omnium
Athlete Event Flying lap Points race Elimination race Individual pursuit Scratch race Time trial Total points Rank
Time Rank Points Rank Rank Time Rank Rank Time Rank
Gijs Van Hoecke Men's omnium 13.633 13 23 9 18 4:29.992 10 15 1:04.748 12 77 15
Jolien D'Hoore Women's omnium 14.594 10 25 5 6 3:41.495 8 5 36.585 12 45 5

The Belgian Olympic Committee sent Gijs Van Hoecke home from the London Games after pictures appeared in British newspapers of him looking drunk and being carried into a taxi after a night out in the city.[3]

Mountain biking[edit]

Sven Nys in men's cross-country race
Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Sven Nys Men's cross-country Did not finish
Kevin Van Hoovels 1:33:01 19

BMX[edit]

Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Arnaud Dubois Men's BMX 39.772 27 24 6 Did not advance

Equestrian[edit]

Dressage[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
Claudia Fassaert Donnerfee Individual 71.793 21 Q 70.095 27 Did not advance

Eventing[edit]

Qualified places[4]
Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Carl Bouckaert Mensa Individual 53.00 45 Eliminated Did not advance
Virginie Caulier Nepal du Sudre 48.30 30 21.20 69.50 36 9.00 78.50 34 Did not advance 78.50 34
Karin Donckers Gazelle de la Brasserie 40.00 7 11.60 51.60 18 4.00 55.60 18 Q 6.00 61.60 15 61.60 15
Marc Rigouts Dunkas 50.70 36 56.80 107.50 51 Withdrew Did not advance
Joris Vanspringel Lully des Aulnes 51.90 41 12.80 64.70 34 Withdrew Did not advance
Carl Bouckaert
Virginie Caulier
Karin Donckers
Marc Rigouts
Joris Vanspringel
See above Team 139.00 8 46.80 185.80 8 948.30 1134.10 10 N/A 1134.10 10

Show jumping[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round A Round B
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Dirk Demeersman Bufero van het Panishof
Individual 0 =1 Q 8 8 =31 Q 12 20 =38 R 9 =26 Did not advance 9 =26
Jos Lansink Valentina van't Heike
0 =1 Q 4 4 =17 Q 4 8 =11 Q 8 =23 Did not advance 8 =23
Philippe Lejeune Vigo d'Arsouilles
0 =1 Q 8 8 =31 Q Withdrew Did not advance
Grégory Wathelet Cadjanine Z
4 =42 Q 4 8 =31 Q 4 12 =26 Q 12 =29 Did not advance 12 =29
Dirk Demeersman
Jos Lansink
Philippe Lejeune
Grégory Wathelet
See above Team N/A 16 13 Did not advance 16 13

Field hockey[edit]

Both the men's team and women's team have qualified and will consist of 16 players each.

Men's tournament[edit]

The following is the Belgium roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[5] view · talk

Head Coach: Colin Batch

Reserves:

Group play
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 5 5 0 0 18 7 +11 15
 Germany 5 3 1 1 14 11 +3 10
 Belgium 5 2 1 2 8 7 +1 7
 South Korea 5 2 0 3 9 8 +1 6
 New Zealand 5 1 2 2 10 14 −4 5
 India 5 0 0 5 6 18 −12 0

     Advanced to semifinals

30 July 2012
21:15
v
Germany  2 – 1  Belgium
Fuchs Goal 13'
Zeller Goal 45'
Report Dekeyser Goal 4'
Umpires:
Colin Hutchinson (IRL)
Marcelo Servetto (ESP)
1 August 2012
10:45
v
Belgium  1 – 3  Netherlands
Dekeyser Goal 58' Report Van der Weerden Goal 43'62'
De Voogd Goal 70'
Umpires:
Hamish Jamson (NZL)
Gary Simmonds (RSA)
3 August 2012
21:15
v
Belgium  2 – 1  South Korea
Boon Goal 37'
Charlier Goal 61'
Report Nam Hyun-woo Goal 46'
Umpires:
David Gentles (AUS)
Nigel Iggo (NZL)
5 August 2012
08:30
v
New Zealand  1 – 1  Belgium
Wilson Goal 54' Report Boon Goal 48'
Umpires:
German Montes de Oca (ARG)
Roel van Eert (NED)
7 August 2012
16:00
v
India  0 – 3  Belgium
Report Dekeyser Goal 15'
Boccard Goal 47'
Boon Goal 67'
Umpires:
Kim Hong Lae (KOR)
Nigel Iggo (NZL)
5th/6th place
11 August 2012
11:30
v
Spain  2 – 5  Belgium
Alegre Goal 19'
Tubau Goal 61'
Report Dekeyser Goal 3'
Boon Goal 21'32'
Van Aubel Goal 24'
Briels Goal 52'
Umpires:
Roel van Eert (NED)
Colin Hutchinson (IRL)

Women's tournament[edit]

The following is the Belgium roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[6] view · talk

Head Coach: Pascal Kina

Reserves:

Group play
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 5 5 0 0 12 5 +7 15
 Great Britain 5 3 0 2 14 7 +7 9
 China 5 2 1 2 6 3 +3 7
 South Korea 5 2 0 3 9 13 −4 6
 Japan 5 1 1 3 4 9 −5 4
 Belgium 5 0 2 3 2 10 −8 2

     Advanced to semifinals

29 July 2012
10:45
v
Netherlands  3 – 0  Belgium
Lammers Goal 33'42'
van Maasakker Goal 60'
Report
Umpires:
Claire Adenot (FRA)
Michelle Joubert (RSA)
31 July 2012
13:45
v
Belgium  0 – 0  China
Report
Umpires:
Kelly Hudson (NZL)
Carolina de la Fuente (ARG)
2 August 2012
19:00
v
Belgium  0 – 3  Great Britain
Report Ball Goal 32'
Bartlett Goal 39'
Cullen Goal 68'
Umpires:
Amy Hassick (USA)
Irene Presenqui (ARG)
4 August 2012
13:45
v
Japan  1 – 1  Belgium
Yamamoto Goal 58' Report Boon Goal 34'
Umpires:
Stella Bartlema (NED)
Wendy Stewart (CAN)
6 August 2012
16:00
v
South Korea  3 – 1  Belgium
Kim Jong-eun Goal 8'70'
Lee Seon-ok Goal 24'
Report Coppey Goal 37'
Umpires:
Julie Ashton-Lucy (AUS)
Miao Lin (CHN)
11th/12th place
10 August 2012
08:30
v
Belgium  2 – 1  United States
Gerniers Goal 20'
Valcke Goal 52'
Report Selenski Goal 6'
Umpires:
Elena Eskina (RUS)
Irene Presenqui (ARG)

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Jimmy Verbaeys All-around 14.500 10.866 14.066 15.266 14.533 14.333 83.564 31 Q 13.933 14.033 14.000 15.266 14.833 13.166 85.231 21
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F V UB BB F V UB BB
Gaëlle Mys All-around 13.533 13.266 13.733 13.166 53.698 31 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Dirk Van Tichelt Men's −73 kg Bye  Remeleh (PLE)
W 0100–0000
 Delpopolo (USA)
L 0000–0001
Did not advance
Joachim Bottieau Men's −81 kg Bye  Simmonds (PAN)
W 1100–0001
 Nifontov (RUS)
L 0000–0010
Did not advance
Elco van der Geest Men's −100 kg N/A  Khaibulaev (RUS)
L 0100–0000
Did not advance
Charline Van Snick Women's −48 kg N/A Bye  Chung J-y (KOR)
W 1000–0000
 Csernoviczki (HUN)
W 1001–0000
 Menezes (BRA)
L 0000–0001
Bye  Pareto (ARG)
W 0011–0002
Did not advance 3
Ilse Heylen Women's −52 kg N/A Bye  Chițu (ROU)
W 0010–0000
 Legentil (MRI)
W 0020–0002
 Bermoy (CUB)
L 0002–0011
Bye  Gneto (FRA)
L 0001–1001
Did not advance 5

Rowing[edit]

Belgium has qualified the following boats.

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Tim Maeyens Single sculls 6:42.52 OB 1 QF Bye 6:56.65 2 SA/B 7:39.78 6 FB 7:27.51 12

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Wannes Van Laer Laser 19 26 29 26 30 38 32 50 42 36 EL 276 34
Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Sigrid Rondelez RS:X 18 21 19 27 15 13 14 14 17 19 EL 150 17
Evi Van Acker Laser Radial 3 2 3 8 1 5 8 1 8 3 6 40 3

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Shooting[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Lionel Cox 50 m rifle prone 599 2 Q 701.2 2

Swimming[edit]

Swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[7][8]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jasper Aerents 50 m freestyle 22.43 23 Did not advance
Ward Bauwens 400 m individual medley 4:16.71 NR 16 N/A Did not advance
François Heersbrandt 100 m butterfly 52.22 =13 Q 52.71 16 Did not advance
Brian Ryckeman 10 km open water N/A 1:51:27.1 16
Glenn Surgeloose 200 m freestyle 1:48.77 25 Did not advance
Pieter Timmers 100 m freestyle 48.54 NR 6 Q 48.57 =12 Did not advance
Jasper Aerents
Dieter Dekoninck
Pieter Timmers
Emmanuel Vanluchenne
Yoris Grandjean
4×100 m freestyle relay 3:13.89 NR 6 Q N/A 3:14.40 8
Louis Croenen
Dieter Dekoninck
Glenn Surgeloose
Pieter Timmers
Yoris Grandjean
4×200 m freestyle relay 7:14.44 12 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kimberly Buys 100 m backstroke 1:01.92 29 Did not advance
100 m butterfly 58.79 19 Did not advance
Fanny Lecluyse 200 m breaststroke 2:27.30 19 Did not advance
Jolien Sysmans 50 m freestyle 25.60 31 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Jean-Michel Saive Men's singles Bye  Jevtović (SRB)
W 4–1
 Kreanga (GRE)
L 1–4
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Steve Darcis Men's singles  Berdych (CZE)
W 6–4, 6–4
 Giraldo (COL)
W 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4
 Almagro (ESP)
L 5–7, 3–6
Did not advance
David Goffin  Mónaco (ARG)
L 4–6, 1–6
Did not advance
Olivier Rochus  Isner (USA)
L 6–7(1–7), 4–6
Did not advance
Kim Clijsters Women's singles  Vinci (ITA)
W 6–1, 6–4
 Suárez Navarro (ESP)
W 6–3, 6–3
 Ivanovic (SRB)
W 6–3, 6–4
 Sharapova (RUS)
L 2–6, 5–7
Did not advance
Yanina Wickmayer  Medina Garrigues (ESP)
W 6–2, 4–6, 7–5
 Wozniacki (DEN)
L 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Did not advance

Triathlon[edit]

Belgium has qualified the following athletes.

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Simon De Cuyper Men's 17:58 0:42 59:45 0:25 31:10 1:50:00 26
Katrien Verstuyft Women's 19:43 0:45 1:07:30 0:31 35:40 2:03:38 28

Weightlifting[edit]

Belgium has qualified 1 man.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Tom Goegebuer Men's −56 kg 115 13 132 14 247 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 ENTRY STANDARDS, IAAF, retrieved 4 June 2011 
  3. ^ "Cycling: "Drunken" photos get Belgian sent home". Reuters. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "London 2012 Olympics qualifying: Equestrian". BBC. 2 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
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