Robert Van de Walle

Robert Van de Walle

Van de Walle (2nd left) at the 1980 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality  Belgium
Born (1954-05-20) 20 May 1954
Ostend, Belgium
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb; 15.0 st)
Sport Judo
Club Crossing Schaerbeek

Robert Van de Walle (born 20 May 1954) is a retired Belgian judoka. He was the first judoka to ever compete at five Olympics, from 1976 to 1992. Competing in the half-heavyweight category he won the gold medal in 1980 and a bronze in 1988, aged 34. Van de Walle won European titles in 1980, 1985 and 1986.[1] Together with Ingrid Berghmans he was the face of Belgian judo in the late 1970s and 1980s. After retiring from competitions he ran a coaching company, together with his wife.[2] He headed the Belgian delegation at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[3]



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