Robert Van de Walle

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Robert Van de Walle
8th Dan
RIAN archive 563360 Award ceremony for judo at 1980 Olympics.jpg
Robert Van de Walle (second from left), gold medalist at the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Personal information
Nationality  Belgium
Born (1954-05-20) May 20, 1954 (age 61)
Ostend, Belgium
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb; 15.0 st)

Robert Van de Walle (born 20 May 1954) is a Belgian judoka. He was the first judoka to ever compete at five Olympics.

He was born in Ostend.

At the 1980 Summer Olympics he won the gold medal in the men's half-heavyweight category and in 1988, at the relatively late age of 34, he won a second medal: a bronze one in the same category. He competed in his fifth and final Olympics in 1992 at age 38, reaching the quarter finals.

He continued competing successfully at the highest level of competition for several years after that. During his career Van de Walle also captured three European titles: in 1980, 1985 and 1986. Together with Ingrid Berghmans he was the face of Belgian judo in the late 1970s and 1980s.


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