Karel Lismont
Karel Lismont 1976.jpg
Karel Lismont with daughter in 1976
Personal information
Born8 March 1949 (1949-03-08) (age 73)
Borgloon, Belgium
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
SportLong-distance running
ClubRFC, Liège

Karel Lismont (French pronunciation: ​[kaʁɛl lismɔ̃];[needs Dutch IPA] born 8 March 1949) is a former Belgian long-distance runner. He competed at the 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics in the marathon and 10,000 m events. He won two marathon medals: a silver in 1972 and a bronze in 1976, finishing ninth and twenty-fourth in 1980 and 1984, respectively; he was less successful in the 10,000 m, finishing eleventh in 1976 and failing to reach the final in 1972.[1] His personal best for the marathon was 2:11:12.6 at the 1976 Olympic Games.

Lismont also won one gold and two bronze medals in the marathon at the 1971, and 1978 and 1982 European Championships. In cross country, he won the bronze medal at the 1978 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Lismont won the 1983 Berlin Marathon in 2:13:37. He won the first two Hamburg Marathons in 1986 and 1987, winning in 2:12:12 and 2:13:46, respectively.

Overall, Lismont recorded 10 marathon victories in his career. He has run 3 marathons under 2:12, 18 marathons under 2:15, and 24 marathons under 2:20. He remains the most successful medal-winning Belgian marathoner in international competition as of 2021.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Karel Lismont". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.