Benny Vansteelant

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Personal information
Date of birth November 19, 1976
place of birth Torhout
date of death September 14, 2007
Place of death Roeselare
Nickname Benny Man of (Van) Steel (ant)
1997 Junior world champion duathlon
1999, 2001-2003, 2007 5 × European champion duathlon short distance
2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 4 × World Champion Duathlon short distance
2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 4 × world champion duathlon long distance
2003, 2006, 2007 3 × European champion duathlon middle distance
Died in 2007

Benny Vansteelant (born November 19, 1976 in Torhout in West Flanders ; † September 14, 2007 in Roeselare ) was a Belgian duathlete , multiple duathlon European champion (1999, 2001–2003, 2006, 2007) and duathlon world champion on the short ( 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and long distance (2000, 2001, 2005, 2006).


European champion duathlon short distance 1999

Between 1997 and 2007 he won the duathlon world title nine times and was eight times European champion in the short and middle distance.

European champion duathlon short and middle distance 2007

In April 2007 Benny Vansteelant won the European Duathlon Middle Distance title for the third time (15 km running, 60 km cycling and 7.5 km running). In June in Edinburgh he won the title of European Duathlon Champion on the short distance for the fifth time (10 km run, 40 km bike ride and 5 km run).

Fatal traffic accident in 2007

On September 8, 2007 Benny Vansteelant was hit by a car and seriously injured while training in Hooglede . After an operation, Vansteelant seemed to be out of danger, but died six days later at the Roeselare hospital at the age of 30 as a result of the accident.

The " Benny Vansteelant Powerman Duathlon Zeitz " was named after him. It was supposed to take place in Germany for the first time in 2014 and again in June 2015, but was canceled after disputes between the city and the association.


His brother Joerie, who is six years his junior , has also been one of the world's top duathlons for many years.

Sporting successes

(DNF - Did Not Finish )

Web links

  • Benny Vansteelant's profile and results in the ITU database at , accessed on June 12, 2017 (English).

Individual evidence

  1. Duathlon European Champions! (June 16, 2007)
  2. DUATHLON STAR BENNY VANSTEELANT KILLED IN BIKE ACCIDENT ( Memento of the original from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Benny Vansteelant dies at age 30 (September 14, 2007)
  4. Duathlon in Zeitz does not take place (June 10, 2014)
  5. Duathlon EM: Morrison and Vansteelant win
  6. Erika Csomor and Benny Vansteelant win Powerman Holland (April 23, 2007)