Erik Virani (Sint-Niklaas23 January 1970) is a former Belgian sprinterwho specialised in the 60 m100 m and 200 m. He was European indoor champion and nineteen times Belgian champion with the seniors.


[hide]*1 Biography


European indoor champion[Edit]Edit

His greatest achievement, Vinny in 1996. On the European indoor championships in Stockholm when he won a gold medal in the 200 m with a time of 21.04, he defeated the Greek Alexis Alexopoulos (Silver; 21,05) and the Swede Torbjörn Eriksson (bronze; 21.07). That year he was a quarter finalist in the 100 and 200 m at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. A year later, he won gold at the European Cup B competitions in Dublin.

Belgian record on relay[Edit]Edit

In 2001 represented Belgium on Vinny the World Championships in Edmonton, where he participated in the 200 m and the 4 x 100 metres relay. In the 200 m, he was eliminated in the series, while he was on the 4 x 100 m together with teammates Bongelemba BongeloAnthony Ferro and Kevin Rans finished fifth in the series, although they with a time of 39.22 established a national record . The Belgian team even had a view of a place in the final, were it not for the fact that by a decision of the race officials according to Vinny incomprehensible the team of the United States, which are clearly visible outside the Exchange zone had not changed, was disqualified.[1]

Confession about doping[Edit]Edit

Vinny known doping Hunter in 2008 on the advice of Renno Roelandt, Vice President of the OLYMPIC COMMITTEE and member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, between late 1998 and for year 2001 growth hormones used to have. That made the 38-year-old sprinter on september 25, 2008 at a press conference at which he announced his farewell to the sport. [2his biography appeared a short time later, The dots on the ij, in which he describes how he in that period with five different doping methods has experimented. [1at the end of 2008 was by the Flemish Community brought a lawsuit against him and was initially lifetime suspension against former sprinter claimed, later toned down to a two-year suspension. On 21 January 2009, Virani by the disciplinary Commission of the Flemish Community cleared of doping. According to the Belgian Penal Code applies a general limitation period of five years. Since the last facts that Vinny charged were laid, dated by the spring of 2002, the Court ruled that he was exempt from punishment disciplinary action, even though doping facts crimes. [3subsequently, Vinny on May 10, 2010 by the corectionele Court of Dendermonde also cleared of doping in 2006. [4]

Vinny, which on different track and field events to improve Belgian records and there are still some to his name, is a member of AC waasland and at RC Gent and WIBO.


International championships[Edit]Edit

Part Title Year
200 m European indoor champion 1996

Belgian Championships[Edit]Edit

Part Year
100 m 1996, 1998, 2002, 2008
200 m 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
Part Year
60 m 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005
200 m 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001

Personal bests[Edit]Edit

Part Performance Date Place
100 m 10.17 s 28 June 1997 Oordegem
200 m 20.42 s 9 June 1996 Tallinn
300 m 32,52 s 19 May 1997 Oordegem
Part Performance Date Place
50 m 5.80 s 26 February 2005 Liévin
60 m 6.69 s 6 February 2005 Ghent
200 m 20.66 s (NAT. rec.) 12 February 1997 Ghent

Belgian records[Edit]Edit

  • 300 m-32,83 (Merksem, 14 July 1996)
  • 300 m-32,73 (Oordegem, 31 August 1996)
  • 300 m-32,60 (Aalst, 1 september 1996)
  • 200 m (ind.)-20.66 (Ghent, 12 February 1997)
  • 300 m-32,52 (Oordegem, 19 May 1997)
  • 4 x 100 m-39,71 (Malmö, 6 June 1998)
  • 4 x 100 m-39.48 (Lahti, 5 June 1999)
  • 4 x 100 m-39.22 (Edmonton, August 11, 2001)
  • 4 x 200 m (ind.)-1.27, 67 (Ghent, 25 February 1967)


60 m[Edit]Edit

100 m[Edit]Edit

  • 1996: BK AC [7]-10.32 s (wind)
  • 1996: European Cup [8]B in Oordegem-10.23 s
  • 1996: second round Olympic Games-10,37 s
  • 1997: ¼ fin. WORLD CUP in Athens-10.34 s
  • 1998: BK AC [9]-10,37 s
  • 1999: 10,56 s WORLD CUP in Seville-heats
  • 2002: BK AC [10]-10.44 s
  • 2006: European Cup [11]B in Prague-10.36 s
  • 2006: ½ fin. EK in Gothenburg-10.47 s
  • 2008: BK AC [12]-10.44 s

200 m[Edit]Edit

4 x 100 m relay[Edit]Edit

  • 2001: heats World Cup in Edmonton-39.22 (BR)

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