Memorial Van Damme

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Plaque name:

Memorial Van Damme

Location:

Avenue de Marathon 135, Bruxelles, Belgium , 1020

Event discipline:

One Mile

Plaque awarded:

21/11/2019

Reason

Plaque categories - Legend and Competition

Memorial Van Damme, Brussels, Belgium

At the 1976 European Indoor Championships in Munich, Belgian Ivo Van Damme took the 1500m gold medal.

 That summer in Montreal, the 22-year-old Ivo raced to impressive Olympic silver medals at 800m and 1500m behind Alberto Juantorena and John Walker.

 Tragically, Ivo died in a car crash that same year.  In 1977, a group of Belgian sports writers led by Wilfred Meert organised the Memorial Van Damme meeting in his memory.

 The meeting went on to part of the Golden Four, Golden League and today the Diamond League. I had the honour of setting the meeting's first world record in 1981.

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