Belgium at the Paralympics

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Belgium at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  BEL
NPC Belgian Paralympic Committee
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

Belgium made its Paralympic Games début at the inaugural Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960, and has participated in every edition of the Summer Paralympics. It also took part in the inaugural Winter Paralympics in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, and has competed in every edition of the Winter Games except 1980, 1998 and 2002.[1]

Belgian athletes have won a total of 98 Paralympic medals, of which 27 gold, 37 silver and 34 bronze, placing it 25th on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table.[2]

Belgium's best result at the Summer Games came in 1984, when it finished 12th on the medal table, with its largest ever haul of medals: 57, of which 22 gold. Its worst result came in 2008, with just one bronze medal, placing it 69th on the medal table.[3]

At the Winter Games, Belgium has only ever won one medal: a bronze obtained by Willy Mercier in the Men's Super-G (B1 category) in alpine skiing in 1994.[4]

Gold medallists[edit]

Belgium's gold medallists to date are:[5]

  • Y. Alloo: table tennis, women's singles (category C), 1960 and 1964
  • Frank Jespers: athletics, men's 100m Wheelchair (category 3), 1972
  • Guy Grun: archery, men's FITA Round open, 1976; men's double FITA Round paraplegic, 1984
  • Filip Bardoel, Guy Grun & Josef Meysen: archery, men's double FITA Round team paraplegic, 1980
  • Achiel Braet: athletics, men's discus; javelin; and shot put (category F), 1976; men's discus; and shot put (category F), 1980
  • Annie Cornil: athlerics, women's 60m (category 4), 1976
  • Rémi Ophem: athletics, men's discus, 1976 (category 4) and 1980 (category 3); pentathlon (category 4), 1984
  • Philip Wouters: athletics, men's precision club throw (category 1A-1B), 1976; shooting, mixed air rifle prone (categories 1A-1C), 1980
  • Alex Hermans: athletics, men's long jump; and shot put (category CP C), 1980; discus; and shot put (category C6), 1984; shot put (C6), 1988 and 1992
  • M. de Meyer: athletics, men's 100m (category 5), 1980
  • M. de Vlieghere: athletics, men's discus; and javelin (category CP C), 1980
  • Marc de Vos: athletics, men's 400m (category 3), 1980; 100m, 200m & 800m (category 3); King of the Straight - 100m (categories 1A-6), 1984
  • Paul van Winkel: athletics, men's slalom (category 3), 1980; 400m & 1,500m (category 3), 1984; 400m, 800m & 5,000m (category 3), 1988
  • M. de Meyer, Marc de Vos, Rémi Ophem & Paul van Winkel: athletics, men's 4x100m relay (categories 2-5), 1980
  • (unspecified team): archery, men's double FITA Round team (categories 1A-6), 1984
  • Alfons Kuys: archery, men's double FITA Round div. (category 3), 1984; men's single FITA Round (categories C7,C8), 1988
  • (unspecified team): athletics, men's 4x100m relay (categories 2-5), 1984
  • (unspecified team): athletics, men's 4x200m relay (categories 2-5), 1984
  • (unspecified team): athletics, men's 4x400m relay (categories 2-5), 1984
  • Freddy Matton: athletics, men's 800m (B2), 1984
  • Marie Line Pollet: athletics: women's pentathlon; and shot put (category 2), 1984; pentathlon (category 4), 1988
  • Mario de Baene: athletics, men's long jump (C7), 1984
  • Patrick de Uylder: athletics, men's 400m (L2), 1984
  • (men's team, CP category): football 7-a-side, 1984
  • Ingrid Borre: table tennis, women's singles (L4); women's open (6-10), 1992; women's singles (6-8), 1996
  • Benny Govaerts: athletics, men's 800m, 1,500m & cross-country 5,000m (C7), 1988; 5,000m (C5-8), 1992
  • Geert Couchez: road cycling, men's tricycle 3,000m (C5-6), 1988
  • Sonja Vettenburg: shooting, women's air pistol standing (LSH2), 1988
  • Hans Pauwels: swimming, men's 100m breaststroke; 200m freestyle; 400m freestyle; and 200m individual medley (C8), 1988
  • Guy Culot: road cycling, men's 1,500m time trial tricycle (CP Div 2), 1992; mixed 1,500m time trial tricycle (CP Div 2), 1996
  • Jan Boonen: shooting, mixed sport pistol (SH1-3), 1992
  • Thierry Daubresse: athletics, men's shot put (F42), 1996
  • Steve Orens: athletics, men's 800m (T52), 1996
  • Gino de Keersmaeker: athletics, men's discus (F42), 1996
  • Marianne van Brussel: athletics, women's javelin (F10-11), 1996
  • Carine van Puyvelde: swimming, women's 100m & 200m breaststroke (B2), 1996
  • Kurt van Raefelghem: athletics, men's pentathlon (P13), 2000
  • Dirk Boon: road cycling, men's tricycle time trial (CP Div 1/2), 2004
  • Mathieu Loicq: table tennis, men's singles (8), 2004
  • Mathieu Loicq, Marc Ledoux & Nico Vergeylen: table tennis, men's teams (8), 2004

Medal tallies[edit]

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

[6]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1960 Rome 1 1 1 3 14
1964 Tokyo 1 0 2 3 14
1968 Tel-Aviv 0 3 3 6 20
1972 Heidelberg 1 1 2 4 23
1976 Toronto 7 7 8 22 17
1980 Arnhem 13 12 17 42 13
1984 Stoke Mandeville & New York 22 21 14 57 12
1988 Seoul 15 18 8 41 17
1992 Barcelona 5 5 7 17 21
1996 Atlanta 8 10 7 25 22
2000 Sydney 1 4 4 9 42
2004 Athens 3 2 2 7 36
2008 Beijing 0 0 1 1 69
2012 London 3 1 3 7 36
Total 80 85 79 244

Winter Paralympics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1976 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 10th
1984 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 15th
1988 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 16th
1992 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 20th
1994 Winter Paralympics 0 0 1 1 22nd
2006 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 20th
2010 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 22nd

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belgium at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Belgium at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Belgium at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ Belgium at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  5. ^ Belgium at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  6. ^ "Belgium Summer Paralympics". Retrieved 26 August 2012.