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Rik Verbrugghe

Full name: Hendrik Jean "Rik" Verbrugghe
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: July 20, 1925 in Mechlin, Antwerpen, Belgium
Died: July 9, 2009 in Bonheiden, Antwerpen, Belgium
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Canoeing

Biography

Between and 1952 and 1964, Rik Verbrugghe was the dominant kayaker in Belgium, winning numerous national titles, both individually and in the K2 with Germain Van De Moere. The two also achieved international success, winning the 1958 K2 World Championships - Belgium's first and only (as of 2009) world title. A year earlier, they had grabbed a bronze medal at the Europeans. Verbrugghe never medalled at the Olympics, but was a finalist in 1952 and 1956. He had hoped to do well in his last Olympics (1964), but was duped when the Belgian Olympic Committee forgot to ship his boats, and Verbrugghe ended up competing in a loaner. To make things worse, he was also not entered in the K1 1000 m due to an oversight. Already during his career, Verbrugghe ran a barber shop in Mechelen, and he continued to work there until shortly before his death. At one point, he could count cyclists Eddy Merckx and Patrick Sercu among his clientèle.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Canoeing Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres Belgium BEL 7
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres Belgium BEL 6
1960 Summer 35 Roma Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres Belgium BEL 4 h1r3/4
1960 Summer 35 Roma Canoeing Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres Belgium BEL 3 h3r2/4
1964 Summer 39 Tokyo Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres Belgium BEL 4 h3r3/4

Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Canoeing Belgium Final Round 7 4:25.0
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Canoeing Belgium Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:27.7

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Canoeing Belgium BEL Germain Van De Moere Final Round 1956-12-01 3:58.7
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Canoeing Belgium BEL Germain Van De Moere Round One Heat Three 1956-12-01 4:04.7
1960 Summer 35 Roma Canoeing Belgium BEL Germain Van De Moere Semi-Finals Heat One 1960-08-27 3:48.71
1960 Summer 35 Roma Canoeing Belgium BEL Germain Van De Moere Repêchage Heat One 1960-08-26 3:49.34
1960 Summer 35 Roma Canoeing Belgium BEL Germain Van De Moere Round One Heat One 1960-08-26 3:46.42
1964 Summer 39 Tokyo Canoeing Belgium BEL René Roels Semi-Finals Heat Three 1964-10-21 3:53.66
1964 Summer 39 Tokyo Canoeing Belgium BEL René Roels Repêchage Heat Two 1964-10-20 3:57.27
1964 Summer 39 Tokyo Canoeing Belgium BEL René Roels Round One Heat One 1964-10-20 3:50.07

Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T IT
1960 Summer 35 Roma Canoeing Belgium BEL Repêchage Heat Three 1960-08-26 8:11.24 2:02.86
1960 Summer 35 Roma Canoeing Belgium BEL Round One Heat Two 1960-08-26 8:44.33 2:15.28