Elodie Ouedrago of Belgium helps her team win a bronze medal


En s??rie d??j??, nos filles avaient t??moign?? d’une forme exceptionnelle et d’une parfaite coh??sion. Dans leur s??rie, elles s’??taient joliment impos??es devant la Russie, alors que la France, figurant pourtant parmi les favorites, avait ??t?? ??limin??e. Au passage, le quatuor belge (Olivia Borl??e, Hanna Marien, Elodie Ouedrago et Kim Gevaert) avait battu le record national: 42.85 (pr??c??dent record: 43.08).

En finale, la Belgique a h??rit?? du couloir 6, un bon couloir qui permettait de calquer sa course sur les favorites am??ricaines et jama??caines. Et c’est exactement ainsi que les choses se sont d??roul??es. Les USA ont triomph?? devant la Jama??que et la Belgique, gr??ce ?? un ultime d??boul?? de Kim Gevaert a pris la troisi??me place, synonymme de m??daille de bronze.

C’est ??videmment le meilleur r??sultat obtenu par la Belgique dans cette discipline. C’est encore le r??sultat de la sage d??cision prise par Kim Gevaert et son entourage de renoncer ?? la demi-finale du 200 m. La Louvaniste a ainsi b??n??fici?? d’un peu de repos suppl??mentaire. Son dernier relais a ??t?? d??cisif dans la finale, m??me si ce sont les quatre filles qu’il convient d’applaudir et de f??liciter.

Au cours de cette superbe finale, Borl??e, Marien, Ou??draogo et Gevaert, ont am??lior??, une seconde fois, le record national, portant celui-ci ?? 42.75 ! Elles se sont, bien entendu, qualifi??es pour les Jeux Olympiques de P??kin (c’??tait d??j?? le cas en acc??dant ?? la finale) et, d??sormais, ce quatuor figure parmi le top mondial.

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Who is Wouter Van Bellingen?

Wouter Van Bellingen (Antwerpen,Belgium, 20 April 1972) is a Flemish politician for the political party Spirit. Before that, he was employed by the city of Sint-Niklaas as a civil servant working on youth and developing world issues.

Since January 2, 2007, Van Bellingen is an alderman in Sint-Niklaas, where he lives. As such, he became the first black alderman in Flanders. He is responsible for the city’s activities related to youths, parties, international projects, civilian affairs and the civil registry and some administrative functions.

Van Bellingen drew media attention in February 2007 when it was reported that 3 couples cancelled their wedding ceremony because they didn’t want to be wed by a black registrar. In response to the event, Van Bellingen decided to organise a multicultural wedding event on March 21, 2007, which is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 626 couples were symbolically married by Van Bellingen that day and this event was perceived as a strong anti-racism signal. Read all about the anti-racism event.

Van Bellingen was given up for adoption by his Rwandan mother. He grew up in Sint-Niklaas as the youngest son in a family with 4 adopted children. He is married and has 2 children. He was very active in the different sections of the youth councils in Flanders, and a scouting leader.

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