Rio 2016: Belgian national record in men’s 4×400 m relay final
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Missed medal by 0.03 seconds The Belgian quartet took to the 4th place in the men’s 4x400m relay final on Saturday (20 August) in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The quartet, Julien Watrin and the three brothers Jonathan, Kevin and Dylan Borlée, ran at 2: 58.52, a new record in Belgium.
They missed the bronze medal by 0.03 seconds. The American quartet won gold in 2: 57.30, ahead of Jamaica (2: 58.16) and Bahamas (2: 58.49).
Kevin Borlee said it was tough to miss a medal by 0.03 seconds.
“It’s hard now but in a couple of days I think there will be only good memories,” he said. “It’s the Olympic Games, we had the chance to compete, we enjoyed it and hopefully we will be back.
The previous Belgian record (2: 59.28) dated from the Beijing world championship last year.
Until now Belgium has achieved six medals in the Rio games: gold by Greg Van Avermaet in road race cycling and Nafissatou Thiam in heptathlon, silver by Pieter Timmers in 100m freestyle swimming and the national hockey team (Red Lions) in hockey, and bronze by Dirk Van Tichelt in judo (73kg) and Jolien D’hoore in track cycling.