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Fred Deburghgraeve

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrédérik Edouard Robert "Fred"•Deburghgraeve
Used nameFred•Deburghgraeve
Nick/petnamesFredje
Born1 June 1973 in Poelkapelle (BEL)
Measurements176 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsKRVZ, Roeselare (BEL)
NOC Belgium

Biography

Belgium had never won an Olympic title in swimming until Fred Deburghgraeve won the 100 m breaststroke in Atlanta. He had impressed in qualification, setting a new World Record, and again beat the old record in the final. Deburghgraeve had won his first title the previous season, winning the European title in Vienna. Coached by Dutchman Ronald Gaastra, Deburghgraeve also won the World Championships in 1998, completing his collection of title. The best Belgian swimmer of all time, he won the Belgian male athlete of the year award in each of his three title years. Deburghgraeve quit swimming after failing to qualify for the Sydney Olympics, and is now a shoe salesman, and active in the municipal council of Langemark-Poelkapelle.

Personal Bests: 100 m breaststroke – 1:00.60 (1996); 200 m breaststroke – 2:14.01 (1995).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) BEL Fred Deburghgraeve
100 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 34
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 19
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Belgium 16
1996 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) BEL Fred Deburghgraeve
100 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 17

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