Robert Van de Walle

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Robert Van de Walle
Tengiz Khubuluri, Robert Van de Walle, Dietmar Lorenz, Henk Numan 1980.jpg
Van de Walle (2nd left) at the 1980 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Belgium
Born (1954-05-20) 20 May 1954 (age 66)
Ostend, Belgium
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb; 15.0 st)
ClubCrossing Schaerbeek

Robert Van de Walle (born 20 May 1954) is a retired Belgian judoka. He was the first judoka to ever compete at five Olympics, from 1976 to 1992. Competing in the half-heavyweight category he won the gold medal in 1980 and a bronze in 1988 at the age of 34. Van de Walle won European titles in 1980, 1985 and 1986.[1] Together with Ingrid Berghmans he was the face of Belgian judo in the late 1970s and 1980s. After retiring from competitions he ran a coaching company together with his wife.[2] He was the head of the Belgian delegation at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[3]


  • (1993) "Pick-ups" Judo Masterclass Techniques Ippon Books