William Van Dijck


William Van Dijck

William Van Dijck (born January 24 1961 in Leuven) was a Belgian athlete, primarily active on the 3000m steeplechase. He was the first Belgian to win a medal at the World Championships, winning the bronze medal at the 1987 World Championships. He won a second bronze at the 1994 European Championships. He became Belgian Sportsman of the year in 1986. Van Dijck quit athletics in 1997 and now works in a bank in Tessenderlo. [ [http://www.sportwereld.be/Article/Detail.aspx?ArticleID=LL1FE64I Interview] in Het Nieuwsblad, July 30 2007]

Results

* 1984: Summer Olympics, Los Angeles: 14th in 8:23.08 [http://www.val.be/?mnuid=184 Results at Summer Olympics] from Vlaamse Atletiek Liga]
* 1986: Belgian record in Brussels: 8:10.01, the best year performance worldwide [ [http://www.memorialvandamme.be/P_News1.htm Article at the Memorial van Damme site] ]
* 1986: European Championships, Stuttgart: 5th in 8:20.19 [http://www.val.be/?mnuid=117 Results at European Championships] from Vlaamse Atletiek Liga]
* 1986: National Trophy for Sporting Achievements [ [http://www.dhnet.be/sports/omnisports/article/160792/tia-et-kim-remportent-le-merite-sportif.html Article] in La Dernière Heure]
* 1987: World Championships, Rome: 3rd in 8:12.18 [http://www.val.be/?mnuid=161 Results at World Championships] from Vlaamse Atletiek Liga]
* 1988: Summer Olympics, Seoul: 5th in 8:13.99
* 1990: European Championships, Split: 3rd in 8:21.71
* 1991: World Championships, Tokyo: 9th in 8:30.46
* 1992: Summer Olympics, Barcelona: 9th in 8:22.51
* 1994: European Championships, Helsinki: 3rd in 8:24.86

Van Dijck was 9 times Belgian Champion steeplechase between 1983 and 1994. [ [http://www.val.be/?mnuid=174 Results at Belgian Championships] from Vlaamse Atletiek Liga]

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