Belgian sporting heroes

BrusselsLife Team.

05 Jul 2012, 05:07 Last Updated: 10 Jul 2017, 16:07

The only Olympic Games organised in Belgium to date were not held in Brussels, but in Antwerp in 1920. In those heroic times, an aviator called Victor Boin won medals in sports as diverse as fencing and water polo!

However, in the heart of Belgians, their favourite hero is the cycling champion Eddy Merckx (winner of five Tours de France and seven Milan-San Remo) in front of the Formula 1 pilot Jacky Ickx (eight Grand Prix wins) and the footballer Paul Van Himst, all idols from the 60s and 70s.