The Belgian Tornados win their fourth European title


In the final of the men's 4X400m relay, the Belgians won while, over the same distance for women, the Belgian Cheetahs finished in third place to offer a sixth medal to Belgium.

The Brabançonne (Belgian national anthem) was once again sung in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome at the close of the 26th edition (June 7 to 12) of the European Athletics Championships.

After the gold won by Nafissatou Thiam (heptathlon) and Alexander Doom (400m), it was the Belgian Tornados who once again distinguished themselves in the 4X400m relay. Jonathan Sacoor, Robin Vanderbemden, Dylan Borlée and Alexander Doom crossed the line in 2:59.84, two seconds off their Belgian record (2:27.88), set at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

The Belgian Tornados played their 34th international final and finished on the podium for the 20th time. The Belgians win their fourth European title after three consecutive victories in 2012, 2016 and 2018.

In the women's 4X400m relay, the Belgian Cheetahs, with Naomi Van den Broeck, Imke Vervaet, Cynthia Bolingo and Helena Ponette, crossed the line in 3:22.95, 83 hundredths of a second from their Belgian record, to take third place.

As for Jochem Vermeulen, he created a surprise in the 1500m final by winning the silver medal. His time of 3:33.30 qualifies him for the next Olympic Games in Paris, just like Ruben Verhyden who falls short of the podium.

Medal record equalled 

As during the European Championships in Berlin in 2018, Team Belgium brought home six medals (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze).

At the end of this 26th edition, Belgium's overall record at the European Athletics Championships is 16 gold medals (including 12 individual), 15 silver and 13 bronze.