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Olivia Borlée was born 10 April 1986 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium. She is a Belgian sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres. Her personal best time in the individual distance is 22.98 seconds, achieved in July 2006 at Brussels. She has 11.39 seconds in the 100 metres. She won a bronze medal in 4x100 m relay at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, together with teammates Hanna Mariën, Élodie Ouédraogo and Kim Gevaert. With 42.75 seconds the team set a new Belgian record. Borlée represented Belgium at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 4x100 metres relay together with Gevaert, Mariën and Ouédraogo. In their first round heat they placed first in front of Great Britain, Brazil and Nigeria. Their time of 42.92 seconds was the third time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result they qualified for the final in which they sprinted to a time of 42.54 seconds and the second place behind Russia but in front of Nigeria to take the silver medal - missing out on the gold medal with 0.23 seconds.
Olivia Borlée lives in Ixelles, Belgium and has twin brothers Jonathan and Kevin who are athletes as well. Coached by their father, Jacques Borlée, they ran together with Cédric Van Branteghem and Arnaud Ghislain to the 5th place in the 2008 Olympic 4x400 metres relay final. Born into a family of athletes - her mother, Edith Demaertlaere was champion of Belgium in the 200m at age 16 and her father Jacques Borlée Vice European Champion indoors in 1983 and competed at the Moscow Olympics. Olivia was honored with the National Sport Merit Trophy awarded by the King for the 4x100m women's relay composed of Olivia Borlée, Kim Gevaert, Elodie Ouedraogo and Marien Ana who won bronze medals at World Championships in Osaka. This is one of the highest and most prestigious sports awards awarded in Belgium since 1928, which can be obtained only once. She also was awarded the Sportswoman of the Year Brussels as well as many other awards and honors. These days Olivia trains while studying interior design at La Cambre in Brussels.