Belgium at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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IOC codeBEL
NOCBelgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
Websitewww.olympic.be (in Dutch and French)
in Beijing
Competitors96 in 16 sports
Flag bearers Sébastien Godefroid (opening)
Tia Hellebaut (closing)
Medals
Ranked 46th
Gold
2
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
2
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games
the team of Belgium at the Opening Ceremony
the team of Belgium at the Opening Ceremony

Belgium competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. 96 Belgians took part in Beijing, the biggest delegation for the country since 1976.[citation needed] Belgium won 2 gold medals, better achievement than in 2004, when the country won 1 gold and 2 bronze medals.

Medalists

Main article: 2008 Summer Olympics medal table

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Tia Hellebaut Athletics Women's high jump
 Gold[a] Olivia Borlée
Kim Gevaert
Hanna Mariën
Élodie Ouédraogo
Athletics Women's 4 × 100 m relay

Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Key
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Kristof Beyens 200 m 20.69 3 Q 20.50 3 Q 20.69 8 Did not advance
Jonathan Borlée 400 m 45:25 4 q N/A 45.11 5 Did not advance
Kévin Borlée 45:43 4 q N/A 44.88 NR 3 Did not advance
Pieter Desmet 3000 m steeplechase 8:37.99 11 N/A Did not advance
Monder Rizki 5000 m 13:54.41 8 N/A Did not advance
Cédric van Branteghem 400 m 45:54 3 Q N/A 45.81 8 Did not advance
Jonathan Borlée
Kévin Borlée
Arnaud Ghislain
Cédric van Branteghem
4 × 400 m relay 3:00:67 NR 3 Q N/A 2:59.37 NR 5
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Kevin Rans Pole vault 5.45 28 Did not advance
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Hans van Alphen Result 11.28 6.55 14.86 1.84 DNS DNF
Points 799 709 781 661 0
Frédéric Xhonneux Result 11.41 6.94 13.99 1.90 DNF DNS DNF
Points 776 799 728 714 0 0
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Nathalie de Vos 10000 m N/A 32:33.45 24
Veerle Dejaeghere 3000 m steeplechase 9:54.65 10 N/A Did not advance
Kim Gevaert 100 m 11.33 1 Q 11.10 3 Q 11.30 6 Did not advance
Olivia Borlée
Kim Gevaert
Hanna Mariën
Élodie Ouédraogo
4 × 100 m relay 42.92 3 Q N/A 42.54 NR 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Tia Hellebaut High jump 1.93 1 Q 2.05 NR 1st place, gold medalist(s)

Canoeing

Main article: Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kevin de Bont
Bob Maesen
Men's K-2 1000 m 3:21.604 4 QS 3:24.148 4 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: QS = Qualify to semi-final; QF = Qualify directly to final

Cycling

Main article: Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Road

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Mario Aerts Road race 6:24:01 7
Christophe Brandt Did not finish
Maxime Monfort Road race Did not finish
Time trial 1:07:12 26
Jurgen van den Broeck Road race Did not finish
Johan van Summeren 6:26:27 42
Women
Athlete Event Time Rank
Lieselot Decroix Road race 3:36:35 44

Track

Omnium
Athlete Event Points Laps Rank
Iljo Keisse Men's points race 8 0 12
Kenny de Ketele
Iljo Keisse
Men's madison 17 −1 4

Mountain biking

Athlete Event Time Rank
Filip Meirhaeghe Men's cross-country Did not finish
Sven Nys 2:01:00 9
Roel Paulissen 2:03:30 19

Equestrian

Main article: Equestrian at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Eventing

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Karin Donckers Gazelle De La Brasserie Individual 31.70 2 25.60 57.30 9 4.00 61.30 12 Q 4.00 65.30 9 65.30 9
Joris van Springel Bold Action 52.00 38 66.40 118.40 49 15.00 133.40 47 Did not advance 133.40 46

Show jumping

Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round A Round B
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Jos Lansink Cumano Individual 1 =14 Q 1 2 4 Q 2 4 2 Q 0 =1 Q 8 8 =9 8 =9

Field hockey

Main article: Field hockey at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Belgium managed to qualify a team to the men's tournament. They won one, drew one, and lost three games in the group play. This qualified them to a match for 9th/10th place, which they won, finishing 9th for the tournament.

Men's tournament

Main article: Field hockey at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

Roster

The following is the Belgian roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1]

Head Coach: Adam Commens

  1. Cédric de Greve (GK)
  2. Xavier Reckinger
  3. Thierry Renaer
  4. Jérôme Dekeyser
  5. Loïc Vandeweghe (c)
  6. John-John Dohmen
  7. Thomas van den Balck
  8. Maxime Luycx
  9. Cédric Charlier
  10. Charles Vandeweghe
  11. Philippe Goldberg
  12. Gregory Gucassoff
  13. Thomas Briels
  14. Patrice Houssein
  15. Félix Denayer
  16. Jérôme Truyens

Reserve:

  1. David van Rysselberghe (GK)
  2. Alexandre de Saedeleer
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 5 4 0 1 9 5 +4 12 Semi-finals
2  Germany 5 3 2 0 12 6 +6 11
3  South Korea 5 2 1 2 13 11 +2 7 Fifth place game
4  New Zealand 5 2 1 2 10 9 +1 7 Seventh place game
5  Belgium 5 1 1 3 9 13 −4 4 Ninth place game
6  China (H) 5 0 1 4 7 16 −9 1 Eleventh place game
Source: FIH
(H) Host


11 August 2008
20:30
Spain  4–2  Belgium
Amat field hockey ball 8'
Freixa field hockey ball 20'
Ribas field hockey ball 41'
Sojo field hockey ball 49'
Report Truyens field hockey ball 26'
Dekeyser field hockey ball 63'
Umpires:
Murray Grime (AUS)
Roel van Eert (NED)
13 August 2008
18:30
Belgium  1–1  Germany
Charlier field hockey ball 22' Report Witthaus field hockey ball 19'
Umpires:
Rob ten Cate (NED)
David Gentles (AUS)
15 August 2008
18:00
Belgium  2–4  New Zealand
Dekeyser field hockey ball 43'
Gucassoff field hockey ball 69'
Report Child field hockey ball 19'20'
Brooks field hockey ball 30'
McAleese field hockey ball 60'
Umpires:
David Leiper (GBR)
Xavier Adell (ESP)
17 August 2008
10:30
South Korea  3–1  Belgium
You Hyo-sik field hockey ball 46'51'
Jang Jong-hyun field hockey ball 50'
Report Dekeyser field hockey ball 20'
Umpires:
Rob ten Cate (NED)
Satinder Kumar (IND)
19 August 2008
21:00
China  1–3  Belgium
Song Yi field hockey ball 4' Report Reckinger field hockey ball 28'
Truyens field hockey ball 32'
Dohmen field hockey ball 48'
Umpires:
Murray Grime (AUS)
Gary Simmonds (RSA)
9th–10th place
21 August 2008
08:30
Belgium  3–0  Canada
Dekeyser field hockey ball 2'70'
Dohmen field hockey ball 23'
Report
Umpires:
David Leiper (GBR)
Xavier Adell (ESP)

Football

Main article: Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Men's tournament

Roster

The following is the Belgium squad in the men's football tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]

Head coach: Jean-François de Sart

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Logan Bailly (1985-12-27)27 December 1985 (aged 22) 13 0 Belgium Racing Genk
2 2DF Sepp de Roover* (1984-11-12)12 November 1984 (aged 23) 7 0 Netherlands Groningen
3 2DF Vincent Kompany (1986-04-10)10 April 1986 (aged 22) 1 0 Germany Hamburg
4 2DF Thomas Vermaelen (1985-11-14)14 November 1985 (aged 22) 16 1 Netherlands Ajax
5 2DF Sébastien Pocognoli (1987-08-01)1 August 1987 (aged 21) 19 1 Netherlands AZ
6 3MF Marouane Fellaini (1987-11-22)22 November 1987 (aged 20) 10 0 Belgium Standard Liège
7 4FW Tom de Mul (1986-03-04)4 March 1986 (aged 22) 32 5 Spain Sevilla
8 3MF Faris Haroun (1985-09-22)22 September 1985 (aged 22) 30 5 Belgium Racing Genk
9 4FW Kevin Mirallas (1987-10-05)5 October 1987 (aged 20) 12 6 France Lille
10 3MF Jan Vertonghen (1987-04-24)24 April 1987 (aged 21) 6 0 Netherlands Ajax
11 3MF Maarten Martens* (c) (1984-07-02)2 July 1984 (aged 24) 32 8 Netherlands AZ
12 1GK Yves Ma-Kalambay (1986-01-31)31 January 1986 (aged 22) 9 0 Scotland Hibernian
13 2DF Laurent Ciman (1985-08-05)5 August 1985 (aged 23) 22 1 Belgium Club Brugge
14 3MF Landry Mulemo (1986-09-17)17 September 1986 (aged 21) 18 0 Belgium Standard Liège
15 2DF Jeroen Simaeys (1985-05-12)12 May 1985 (aged 23) 3 0 Belgium Club Brugge
16 3MF Anthony Vanden Borre (1987-10-24)24 October 1987 (aged 20) 15 2 Italy Genoa
17 4FW Stijn de Smet (1985-03-27)27 March 1985 (aged 23) 25 3 Belgium Cercle Brugge
18 4FW Mousa Dembélé (1987-07-16)16 July 1987 (aged 21) 2 0 Netherlands AZ
19 3MF Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe[n 1] (1989-02-02)2 February 1989 (aged 19) 3 0 Germany Hamburg
22 1GK Yves de Winter[n 2] (1987-05-25)25 May 1987 (aged 21) 6 0 Belgium Westerlo

* Over-aged player.

Notes
  1. ^ Replaces Stijn De Smet who was injured during the competition
  2. ^ Replaces Vincent Kompany who was returned to his club during the competition
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2  Belgium 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
3  China PR 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
4  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Source:[citation needed]
Brazil 1–0 Belgium
Hernanes 79' Report
Belgium 2–0 China PR
Dembélé 8'
Mirallas 80'
Report
New Zealand 0–1 Belgium
Report Haroun 35'
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 45,202
Referee: Pablo Pozo (Chile)
Quarterfinal
Italy 2–3 Belgium
Rossi 18' (pen.), 74' (pen.) Report Dembélé 23', 79'
Mirallas 45+2'
Semifinal
Nigeria 4–1 Belgium
Adefemi 17'
Obasi 59', 72'
Okonkwo 78'
Report Ciman 88'
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 56,312
Referee: Pablo Pozo (Chile)
Bronze medal game
Belgium 0–3 Brazil
Report Diego 27'
45', 90+2'
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 50,705
Referee: Thomas Einwaller (Austria)

Gymnastics

Main article: Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Artistic

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Koen van Damme All-around 12.575 14.200 14.325 14.450 14.600 14.475 84.625 43 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F V UB BB F V UB BB
Gaëlle Mys All-around 14.125 14.050 14.175 14.800 57.150 31 Q 13.975 14.000 12.875 13.100 53.950 24

Judo

Main article: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Preliminary Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Dirk van Tichelt −73 kg Bye  Mammadli (AZE)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance  Siamionau (BLR)
W 1021–0020
 Kim C-S (PRK)
W 1011–0000
 Kanamaru (JPN)
W 0211–0000
 Boqiev (TJK)
L 0000–0011
5
Women
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
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Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ilse Heylen −52 kg  La Rizza (FRA)
W 0001–0000
 Ryder (AUS)
W 1000–0000
 Nakamura (JPN)
L 0000–0001
Did not advance Bye  Tarangul (GER)
W 0002–0000
 Kaliyeva (KAZ)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance
Catherine Jacques −70 kg Bye  Scapin (ITA)
L 0000–0010
Did not advance

Rowing

Main article: Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Tim Maeyens Single sculls 7:16.60 1 QF N/A 6:52:70 2 SA/B 6:59:65 3 FA 7:03:40 4
Bart Poelvoorde
Christophe Raes
Double sculls 6:31.84 4 R 6:24:01 2 SA/B N/A 6:29:91 5 FB 6:35:55 8

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing

Main article: Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Evi van Acker Laser Radial 1 10 16 10 12 6 12 4 18 CAN 10 91 8
Open
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Carolijn Brouwer
Sébastien Godefroid
Tornado 11 11 5 6 3 8 13 6 16 9 EL 72 12

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mathieu Fonteyn 200 m butterfly 1:56.65 NR 19 Did not advance
Yoris Grandjean 50 m freestyle 22.45 NR 28 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 48.82 NR 19 Did not advance
François Heersbrandt 100 m butterfly 53.33 37 Did not advance
Brian Ryckeman 10 km open water N/A 1:52.10 7
Glenn Surgeloose 200 m freestyle 1:48.92 NR 30 Did not advance
Tom Vangeneugden 1500 m freestyle 15:11.04 NR 20 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Elise Matthysen 100 m breaststroke 1:08.37 NR 16 Q 1:09.00 13 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:27.04 NR 15 Q 2:29.64 16 Did not advance

Table tennis

Main article: Table tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
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Result
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Result
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Result
Rank
Jean-Michel Saive Men's singles Bye  Toriola (NGR)
L 2–4
Did not advance

Tennis

Main article: Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
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Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Steve Darcis Men's singles  Massú (CHI)
L 4–6, 5–7
Did not advance
Olivier Rochus  Minář (CZE)
W 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
 Tipsarević (SRB)
W 7–6(7–5), 2–3r
 González (CHI)
L 0–6, 3–6
Did not advance
Steve Darcis
Olivier Rochus
Men's doubles N/A  Cañas /
Nalbandian (ARG)
W 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–5), 6–3
 Andreev /
Davydenko (RUS)
L 6–7(6–8), 2–6
Did not advance

Triathlon

Main article: Triathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Peter Croes Men's 18:26 0:26 58:51 0:32 33:25 1:51:40.94 27
Axel Zeebroek 18:30 0:27 57:48 0:30 33:15 1:50:30.90 13

Volleyball

Main article: Volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
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Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Liesbeth Mouha
Liesbet van Breedam
Women's Pool A
 MaaseideGlesnes (NOR)
L 0 – 2 (22–24, 18–21)
 Tian JWang J (CHN)
L 1 – 2 (21–18, 19–21, 13–15)
 KuhnSchwer (SUI)
W 2 – 0 (21–18, 21–17)
Lucky Losers
 SakaRtvelo (GEO)
W 2 – 0 (21–13, 21–19)
3 Q  May-Treanor
Walsh (USA)
L 0 – 2 (22–24, 10–21)
Did not advance

Weightlifting

Main article: Weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Tom Goegebuer Men's −56 kg 114 12 137 13 251 13

See also

References

  1. ^ 2008 Official Results Part Two: Hockey – Wrestling, LA84 Foundation.
  2. ^ "Men's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing – Belgium Squad List". FIFA. Retrieved October 22, 2012.