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Hanne Desmet


SportShort Track
Born26 Oct 1996 in Wilrijk 
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English, French
Higher educationBusiness, Engineering - University of Hasselt: Belgium
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.796 12 Jan 2019 Dordrecht  
    1000m 1:26.993 07 Mar 2021 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:19.021 23 Oct 2021 Beijing  
    3000m 5:07.438 13 Jan 2019 Dordrecht  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    1000m   1    
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamIce Racing Team Antarctica [IRTA]: Wilrijk, BEL  
Training RegimeShe trains alongside the Dutch national team in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  
Reason for choosing this sportShe followed her brother into the sport. "My brother always wanted to skate. When I was 11 years old, I followed him and skating did not let us go."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age 11 with the Ice Racing Team Antarctica club in Wilrijk, Belgium.  
Name of coachPieter Gysel [national], BEL  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning silver in the 1000m at the 2021 World Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (, 07 Mar 2021)  
Most influential person in careerHer mother. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
In 2018 she and her brother Stijn were offered the opportunity to train in Heerenveen, Netherlands, alongside the Dutch national team and national coach Jeroen Otter. "Of course, we were immediately enthusiastic about it, we really wanted to. We also went to live in Heerenveen [Netherlands], and we were received very well and have enjoyed everything we are offered there. Of course, we had to have achieved quite a bit in terms of level to be allowed to participate. But Jeroen Otter thought we were good enough to train with the top guys. Then you grow very quickly, and you can also achieve that high level," said Stijn. (, 07 Mar 2020)
AmbitionsTo reach the final of the 1000m at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 15 Mar 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Don't worry, be happy." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Famous relativesHer younger brother Stijn has represented Belgium in short track, and competed at the world championships in 2018, 2019 and 2021. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Nov 2021;, 25 Feb 2016)  
Awards and honoursShe received the 2015 Sports Merit Trophy in Wilrijk, Belgium. (, 25 Feb 2016)  
InjuriesHer early 2021/22 season was disrupted by a concussion and a problem in her vestibular system [inner ear] that affected her balance. (, 06 Oct 2021)

In December 2020 she was forced to withdraw from the 1000m A-final at the International Invitation Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands, due to a back injury. She had struggled with the injury since September 2020. (, 06 Dec 2020;, 22 Oct 2020)

She broke her collarbone in 2016 and missed the start of the 2016/17 season. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019;, 09 Mar 2017)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m2  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m4  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m4  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall5  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m5  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m5  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall5  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m7  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall8  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m9  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall10  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m11  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m11  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m11  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m13  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m13  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m13  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall13  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m14  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m15  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m15  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall15  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall17  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m18  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m18  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall18  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m19  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall19  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m21  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m22  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall23  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m24  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m25  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall25  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m26  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m26  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall26  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m27  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall27  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m28  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m31  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m4  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1500m4  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1500m6  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m9  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m9  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m9  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m9  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m10  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1000m10  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1000m10  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m11  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1500m12  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay13  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m15  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m15  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m15  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m17  
    2016/2017 Minsk 500m18  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m20  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1000m20  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m21  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m24  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m27  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m27  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m27  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m30  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m31  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m34  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m35  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m37  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m40  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m44  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m47  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m49  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m51  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m67