Kim Gevaert

Kim Gevaert

Gevaert in 2008
Personal information
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Spouse(s) Djeke Mambo
Club V. A. C. Steenokkerzeel
CA Valencia Terra i Mar[1]
Coached by Rudi Diels
Retired 2008
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2004, 2008
Personal best(s) 100 m – 11.04 (2006)
200 m – 22.20 (2006)[1]

Kim Gevaert (born 5 August 1978 in Leuven) is a former sprint athlete from Belgium.[2]


Her closest brush with a world title came in running 4/100 of a second behind three-time champion Gail Devers at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics. At the next World Indoor Championships, in 2006, she won the bronze medal in a national record time of 7.11 seconds.

On 9 August 2006 Gevaert won the 100 metres at the European Championships in 11.06 seconds. Two days later, she also won the final of the 200 metres, which was celebrated together with fellow Belgian athlete Tia Hellebaut, who had won gold in the high jump final only minutes before Kim Gevaert. With her first medal, Gevaert became the first Belgian gold medalist at the European Championships in 35 years and the first woman to win the sprint double since 1994.

At the 2007 World Championships she won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay, together with teammates Hanna Mariën, Olivia Borlée and Élodie Ouédraogo. With 42.75 seconds the team set a new Belgian record. A few days earlier as best European athlete she had finished 5th in a thrilling 100 m final.

On her 30th birthday, three days before the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Gevaert announced that she would retire at the end of the 2008 season.[3]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Gevaert was in the best condition of her life. She reached the 100 m semifinals by ending 3rd in her quarterfinals, but after missing her start she finished sixth and failed to proceed to the finals.[2] In the finals of the 4×100 m for women a couple of days later, Gevaert ran the final leg for the Belgian team and finished in second behind the Russians to bring home the silver medal in a new Belgian record of 42.54 seconds. On 16 August 2016, it was announced that the IOC had officially disqualified the Russian 4 x 100 metres relay team, awarding the gold medal to the Belgian team.[2] She was awarded the gold medal eight years late on September 10, 2016.[4]

On 5 September 2008, Kim Gevaert ended her career running the 100 m at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium, a race which she won in 11.25.

Personal life

Gevaert has two brothers, Marlon and John, and a sister Sigrid. Marlon competed in sprint at the national level in Belgium before becoming a national sprint coach in New Zealand.[5] In 2010 Gevaert married her long-time partner and a fellow athlete Djeke Mambo. They have two sons and one daughter, who are bilingual, as the principal language of their father is French and of their mother is Dutch.[6]


Major achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Belgium
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 10th (sf) 100m 11.74
7th 200m 23.88 (wind: -2.2 m/s)
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 100m 11.39 (wind: -0.2 m/s)
5th 200m 23.08 (wind: -0.5 m/s)
2002European Indoor Championship Vienna, Austria60 m 1st 7.16
European Championships Munich, Germany 100 m 2nd 11.22
200 m 2nd 22.53
2003 1st IAAF World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 200 m 4th 22.95
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 60 m 2nd 7.12 NR
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 60 m 1st 7.16
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 60 m 3rd 7.11 NR
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 100 m 1st 11.06
(First Belgian woman to win a gold medal in this event.)
200 m 1st 22.68
2007European Indoor Championship Birmingham, England60 m 1st 7.12
(7.10 in the semi-final NR)
World Championships Osaka, Japan100 m 5th 11.05
(First European woman)
4 × 100 m 3rd 42.75 NR
2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing Olympic Stadium, Peking 4 × 100 m 1st 42.54 NR
Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium 100 m 1st 11.25
(last event before her retirement)

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