Kim Gevaert

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Kim Gevaert (born 5 August 1978 in Leuven) is a former sprint athlete from Belgium.[1]

Career[edit]

Her closest brush with a world title came in running 4/100 of a second behind three-time champion Gail Devers at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics. At the next World Indoor Championships, in 2006, she won the bronze medal in a national record time of 7.11 seconds.

On 9 August 2006 Gevaert won the 100 metres at the European Championships in 11.06 seconds. Two days later, she also won the final of the 200 metres, which was celebrated together with fellow Belgian athlete Tia Hellebaut, who had won gold in the high jump final only minutes before Kim Gevaert. With her first medal, Gevaert became the first Belgian gold medalist at the European Championships in 35 years and the first woman to win the sprint double since 1994.

At the 2007 World Championships she won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay, together with teammates Hanna Mariën, Olivia Borlée and Élodie Ouédraogo. With 42.75 seconds the team set a new Belgian record. A few days earlier as best European athlete she had finished 5th in a thrilling 100 m final.

On her 30th birthday, three days before the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Gevaert announced that she would retire at the end of the 2008 season.[2]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Gevaert was in the best condition of her life. She reached the 100 m semifinals by ending 3rd in her quarterfinals, but after missing her start she finished sixth and failed to proceed to the finals.[1] In the finals of the 4×100 m for women a couple of days later, Gevaert ran the final leg for the Belgian team and finished in second behind the Russians to bring home the silver medal in a new Belgian record of 42.54 seconds.[1]

On 5 September 2008, Kim Gevaert ended her career running the 100 m at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium, a race which she won in 11.25.

Major achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Discipline Result Extra
2002 European Indoor Championship Vienna, Austria 60 m 1st
European Championships Munich, Germany 100 m 2nd
200 m 2nd
2003 1st IAAF World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 200 m 5th
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 60 m 2nd national record 7.12 seconds
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 60 m 1st
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 60 m 3rd national record 7.11 seconds
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 100 m 1st First Belgian woman to win a gold medal in this event.
200 m 1st
2007 European Indoor Championship Birmingham, England 60 m 1st national record 7.10 seconds (semi-final)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 100 m 5th First European woman – 11.05
4 x 100 m 3rd national record 42.75 seconds
2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing Olympic Stadium, Peking 4 x 100 m 2nd national record 42.54 seconds
2008 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium 100 m 1st 11.25 seconds – last event before her retirement

Personal best[edit]

  • 60 metres: 7.10 seconds (Belgian Record)
  • 100 metres: 11.04 seconds (Wind: 2.0/Place: Brussels/Date:09 07 2006) (Belgian Record)
  • 200 metres: 22.20 seconds (Brussels/09 07 2006) (Belgian Record)
  • 400 metres: 51.45 seconds (-/Gent/08 05 2005) (Belgian Record)

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