Pieter Desmet

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Pieter Desmet
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Personal information
Nationality  Belgium
Born (1983-06-07) 7 June 1983 (age 36)
Kortrijk, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Steeplechase
Club Atletiek Zuid-West (BEL)
Coached by Dirk de Maesschulck (BEL)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 3000 m st: 8:15.02 (2007)

Pieter Desmet (born June 7, 1983 in Kortrijk) is a Belgian steeplechase and long-distance runner.[1] He is a two-time national champion for his category, and a member of Atletiek Zuid-West Club in Zwevegem, being coached and trained by Dirk de Maesschulck. He also achieved a personal best time of 8:15.02, at a world meeting in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

Desmet represented Belgium at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and competed for the men's 3000 m steeplechase. He ran in the third heat of the event, against twelve other competitors, including South Africa's Ruben Ramolefi, and Kenya's Richard Mateelong. He finished and completed the race in eleventh place, with a time of 8:37.99, failing to advance into the final round.[2]

Desmet also improved his time of 8:31.81 at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, finishing ninth in the heats.

Personal bests

Event Time (sec) Venue Date
1500 metres 3:50.73 Nivelles, Belgium 15 August 2003
3000 metres 8:05.20 Tessenderlo, Belgium 30 August 2003
5000 metres 14:15.55 Nijmegen, Netherlands 24 May 2003
10,000 metres 28:33.44 Palo Alto, California, United States 4 May 2008
3000 metres steeplechase 8:15.02 Heusden, Netherlands 28 July 2007
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Pieter Desmet". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Men's 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 – Heat 3". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 3 December 2012.

External links

  • Profile – Flemish Athletics League (in Dutch)
  • IAAF profile for Pieter Desmet
  • NBC Olympics Profile

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