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Track Beauty of the Week: Kim Gevaert
October 9, 2011Posted by on
Kim Gevaert is this week’s track beauty!
The retired Belgian sprinter has had an illustrious career. With personal bests of 11.04s and 22.20s in the 100m and 200m dashes, the powerfully built speedser was a fixture in elite women’s sprinting during her prime.
She first made waves during in 1999, when she won the 200m title at the Universiade and the 100m dash bronze at the European U23 Championships. She was crowned European Indoor Champion at the 60m dash in 2002, the same year she notched an impressive 100m-200m silver medal double at the European Outdoor Championships in Munich.
Four years later in Goteborg, the Belgian struck gold in the two events, becoming the first athlete from her country to win a continental 100m dash title.
Gevaert was an outstanding indoor sprinting career, winning silver and bronze medals at the 60m dash at the 2004 and 2006 editions of the World Indoor Championships. Outdoors, she led a successful the Belgian quartet to a bronze medal finish at the 2007 World Championships.
The popular Gevaert had an eventful farewell season in 2008. In her last Olympic appearance, the Belgian sprinter anchored the 4x100m quartet to an unprecedented Olympic silver.