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“The Borlées: En Route to Olympic History” by Joboy Quintos

When the words “siblings” and “athletics” come together, the first name that pop  into my head are the Kallur twins. Susanna Kallur, in recent years, had distinguished herself in the women’s sprint hurdles, breaking the 60m hurdles world record and topping the 2006 Goteborg European Championships. Her twin sister Jenny, older by four minutes, has been a fixture in the athletics circuits, but hasn’t reached the same level of success as Sanna.

Read: Track Beauties of the Week: Susanna and Jenny Kallur

The Harrison twins used to be the finest example of sibling excellence, winning the 4x400m relay gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games – teaming up with Michael Johnson and the late Antonio Pettigrew. Alvin and Calvin were the first ever siblings – identical twins at that! – to ever win an Olympic track & field gold whilst part of the same relay team.

   

Kevin, Olivia, and Jonathan. (Photos from Erik van Leeuwen)

Belgium’s Borlee sibings threaten to usurp the aforesaid families. Trained by their father, Jacques, the Borlees are the most illustrious athletics family actively competing to today. Elder sister Olivia, a 200m specialist, already has an Olympic 4x100m relay silver to her name. The Belgian team finished 0.23s behind Russia in Beijing 2008.

Identical twins Kevin and Jonathan are en route to becoming fine quarter milers, with both brothers qualifying for the 2010 Euro Championships 400m final. In the 4x400m relay, the Borlee twins comprised half of the formidable Belgian team that won silver at the 2010 Doha World Indoor Champs and bronze at the Barcelona Euro Championships.

The future for Kevin (PB 44.88s) and Jonathan (PB 44.718s) looks promising. If the brothers can shed precious hundredths of a second off their respective bests, they could mount a decent challenge to the American hegemony in the 400m dash. If Olivia and the other female Belgian sprinters somehow reprise their fabulous bridesmaid finish at the London Olympics, with Kim Gevaert long since retired, the prospects for a three sibling Olympic romp becomes ever so bright.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but in my constant readings of Olympic (as well as World Championships) track & field history, three siblings each coming home with a medal is an unheard of fact.

Article by Joboy Quintos

Additional Links:

Video: 2010 World Indoor Championships 4x400m Relay

Video: 2008 Beijing Olympics 4x100m Relay

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Track Beauties of the Week: Susanna and Jenny Kallur

Susanna and Jenny Kallur are this week’s track beauties!

Before Belgium’s Borlee brothers, Europe’s favorite twin athletes were the Kallur sisters. Born in New York, USA to a former professional hockey player, the Kallur sisters have been a fixture in the hurdling world, until injury reared its ugly head.

 

Photos from http://www.axa.se and aftonbladet-cdn.se

Susanna, younger by four minutes, is the more illustrious half. Sanna set the world indoor record of 7.68s in 2008 and won the 2006 European Championship crown in front a passionate Swedish crowd in Goteborg. Susanna was also twice European Indoor Champion (2005 and 2007), as well as the 2000 World Junior Champion in the 100m hurdles. Jenny won silver at the 2005 European Indoors behind her sister.

Photos from Olympicgirls.net

The twins were part of the bronze medal winning Swedish 4x100m relay team at the Santiago World Junior Championships – the first time they shared a podium together.

Photo from Daylife.com

Interestingly, the twins suffered stress fractures on their respective shins back in the 2008, requiring surgery.

Both athletes missed the Beijing Olympics and the Berlin World Championships because of the unfortunate setback. A nagging foot problem saw Jenny retire this year.

Additional links:

IAAF article on Kallur twins’ injury

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