Medal record for Team Belgium at the European Athletics Indoor Championships
With two golds, one silver and three bronzes, Belgian athletes brought back the biggest medal haul in the history of the European Athletics Indoor Championships.
The grey tartan of the Ataköy Arena had hints of black, yellow and red during this European indoor athletics event in Istanbul, Turkey.
Nafi Thiam achieved an incredible world record (5,055 points) in the pentathlon (a discipline consisting of accumulating points in the five events of the 60 m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 m). At 28 years of age, the Belgian Olympic champion added a third European indoor title to her list of achievements after her successes in Belgrade in 2017 and Toruń in 2021, and her silver medal in Prague in 2015. Winning bronze in the same event with 4,823 points, 26-year-old Noor Vidts added a third medal to her collection in this discipline.
In the final of the 4X400m relay, the Belgian Tornados (Dylan Borlée, Alexander Doom, Kevin Borlée and Julien Watrin) also won gold. The Belgian athletes won their 17th medal in 31 finals in major international championships.
Julien Watrin won the silver medal in the 400 metres. Having already improved his new Belgian record with 45.82 in the semi-finals the day before, the 30-year-old ran a fantastic race (45.44) to finish behind the Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who won with a time of 45.35.
Eliott Crestan reached the podium in the 800 metres. The 24-year-old from Namur clocked 1:47.65, running a very smart race, as he did in the semi-finals, to finish third and win his first medal on the international scene.
23-year-old Thomas Carmoy won the bronze medal in the high jump, as he did during the previous event in Toruń, Poland in 2021. He set a new personal best with a jump of 2m29.
With 6 podium finishes, Team Belgium set a new record for medals won during a European Indoor Championships.