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René Steurbaut

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRené•Steurbaut
Used nameRené•Steurbaut
Born26 June 1928 in Gent (Ghent) (BEL)
Died6 January 2019 in Oostende (Ostend) (BEL)
AffiliationsGent Hawks, Gent (BEL)
NOC Belgium


René Steurbaut spent his entire basketball career with his local Hellas Gent club, which is now the Gent Hawks. He also had a lengthy career with the Belgian national team, and attended EuroBasket 1947 as a reserve, although he did not actually play in the nation’s fourth-place finish. His next stop was the 1948 London Olympics, where Belgium was eliminated from contention during the round-robin pool and placed 11th overall after a walkover in the first classification round, then a loss to Canada, followed by a victory over the Philippines. Steurbaut played in four of the team’s seven matches. He final international appearance came at EuroBasket 1953, where Belgium placed 10th. By career Steurbaut was a clerk, and he gained attention in May 2016 for having been married to his wife for over 65 years.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Basketball (Basketball) BEL René Steurbaut
Basketball, Men (Olympic) Belgium 11