Olivia Borlée

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Olivia Borlée
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Olivia Borlée at the 2009 World Championships.
Medal record
Representing  Belgium
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing 4x100 m relay
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Osaka 4x100 m relay

Olivia Borlée (born 10 April 1986 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert) is a retired Belgian sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres.[1] Her personal best time in the 200 is 22.98 seconds, achieved in July 2006 in Brussels. She has a personal best of 11.39 seconds in the 100 metres. She won a gold medal in the 4x100 m relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics with teammates Hanna Mariën, Élodie Ouédraogo, and Kim Gevaert in a time of 42.54 seconds, which set a new Belgian record.

Career[edit]

Borlée represented Belgium at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 4x100 metres relay together with Gevaert, Mariën and Ouédraogo. In their first round heat, they placed first in front of Great Britain, Brazil, and Nigeria. Their time of 42.92 seconds was the third fastest time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result, they qualified for the final in which they sprinted to a time of 42.54 seconds and 2nd place behind Russia but in front of Nigeria to take the silver medal, missing out on the gold medal by 0.23 seconds.[1] However, one of the Russian runners, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya, was later found to have used two banned performance-enhancing drugs, resulting in the Russian team's disqualification, thereby promoting Belgium to the gold medal position. Borlée was awarded the gold medal eight years later on September 10, 2016.[2]

Borlée represented Belgium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She competed in the 200 metres event. She finished 7th in her heat with a time of 23.53 seconds. She did not qualify for the semifinals.[3] She was the flag bearer for Belgium during the Parade of Nations.[4] She retired after the Rio games.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Olivia Borlée's brothers, twins Jonathan and Kevin (b. 1988), and Dylan (b. 1992), are also athletes. Coached by their father, Jacques Borlée (b. 1957), the brothers were three of the four runners representing the 4th place Belgium team in the 2016 Olympic 4x400 metres relay final.

After retirement, Borlée and Olympic teammate Ouedraogo teamed up again to start clothing label 4254 (after their Olympic medal-winning time), which designs athletic apparel.[5]

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Awards
Preceded by
Tia Hellebaut
Vlaams Sportjuweel
(as the "Women's 4x100 m team"
shared with
Kim Gevaert,
Hanna Mariën,
Élodie Ouédraogo)

2007
Succeeded by
Kenny De Ketele
Iljo Keisse
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Tia Hellebaut
Flagbearer for  Belgium
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent