William Van Dijck

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William Van Dijck
Personal information
Born 24 January 1961

William Van Dijck (born 24 January 1961 in Leuven) was a Belgian athlete, primarily active on the 3000m steeplechase.

Biography[edit]

He was the first Belgian to win a medal at the World Championships, winning the bronze medal at the 1987 World Championships. He won a second bronze at the 1994 European Championships. He became Belgian Sportsman of the year in 1986. Van Dijck quit athletics in 1997 and now works in a bank in Geel.[1]

He also applied himself to cross country running and won the Lotto Cross Cup in the 1993–94 and 1995–96 seasons.[2]

Achievements[edit]

  • All results regarding 3000 metres steeplechase
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Belgium
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland Semi-final 8:39.01
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States Semi-final 8:23.08
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, Germany 5th 8:20.19
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd 8:12:19
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 5th 8:13.99
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 5th 8:21.71
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 9th 8:30.46
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 9th 8:22.51
1992 IAAF World Cup Havana, Cuba 2nd 8:32.06
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 8:24.86

Van Dijck was 9 times Belgian Champion steeplechaser between 1983 and 1994.[5]

Notes[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Henry Marsh
Men's 3.000m Steeple Best Year Performance
1986
Succeeded by
Italy Francesco Panetta