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Kimberly BUYS
Sport Swimming
NOC Belgium   
GenderWomen
Born23 Apr 1989 in Sint-Niklaas, BEL
Height1.87 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Antwerp, BEL
Occupation
Athlete, Researcher, Volunteer
Languages
Dutch, English, French
Higher education
Biochemistry, Biological and Chemical Technology - University of Antwerp: Belgium
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
BRABO: Antwerp, BEL
Name of coach
Ronald Gaastra [personal], NED, from 2005
General Interest
Nicknames
Buyski (swimnation.be, 12 Dec 2015)
Injuries
In October 2015 she was hit by a car while riding her bike and broke her wrist so badly it required surgery. In November 2015 she returned to the pool, but had to swim with braces on both arms so her shoulders and healthy arm did not take on too much pressure. She also found it hard to dive into the pool or make her turns properly in butterfly. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 16 Nov 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Smile, enjoy, love life." (Instagram profile, 30 Jun 2016)
Famous relatives
Her sister Magali has competed in swimming at national level in Belgium. Her father Luc has also swum competitively at elite level. (swimbase.com, 11 Jul 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sporza.be, 13 Nov 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
She said she was planning to retire in 2021, after she was unable to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I am thinking of retiring after the Belgian summer championships or the Belgian short course championship in the autumn. Obviously it's a shame I couldn't get to the Olympic Games, but I comfort myself with the thought that I did everything I could to succeed. The years are starting to weigh in. Obviously I can't stop intensive training overnight, so I'm thinking of a steady transition with only morning training sessions, which also allows me to look for a suitable job. For a while I thought of a farewell abroad, such as a Mare Nostrum event or a World Cup race, but I think it is better to do it in Belgium. It would be nicer that my family can be there." (sporza.be, 08 Jun 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has worked as a volunteer researcher at the Antwerp University Hospital biobank as part of the Belgian National Cancer Plan initiative. "I work with my sister on the biobank cell, which is in line with my biochemistry study. If I stopped swimming, there might be opportunities to continue growing there." (hln.be, 27 Jul 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
She studied for a master's degree in biochemistry and biotechnology at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, after completing a bachelor's degree in the same subject at the university. (Twitter profile, 27 Oct 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 58.63
29 2012 London, ENG 100m Backstroke 1:01.92
Heats 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 58.79
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 26.51
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 59.26
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.49
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.78
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 2:02.54
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 26.43
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 55.66
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 59.08
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Backstroke 1:01.24
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Backstroke 29.16
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 59.28
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 55.68
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 26.48
Heats 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 59.88
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Backstroke 1:02.48
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:13.01
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 26.85
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly 58.62
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Backstroke 1:02.46
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Butterfly 1:00.37
Semifinal 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 50m Butterfly 27.27
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
17 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Butterfly 58.26 
10 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 25.90 
27 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 54.64 
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 58.87
7 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 56.82
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.72
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 2:02.49
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.93
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 1:00.18
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:04.89
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 25.74
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 58.99
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:51.22
5 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 58.48
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 50m Butterfly 26.36
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 56.16
7 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:02.67
Heats 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:44.22
7 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:05.23
8 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 26.29
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 59.07
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:07.07
Semifinal 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 27.29
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 1:00.70
Semifinal 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 1:02.75
7 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:09.33
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 56.61
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 26.98
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 59.87
8 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:07.54
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:22.66
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 1:01.70
Semi Final 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 27.53
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 56.87
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 25.59
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle  DNS
8 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Backstroke 58.94
5 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Butterfly 25.83
2 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Butterfly 57.00
8 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 59.05
8 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 2:07.80
9 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 26.45
25 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 28.80
2 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 2:10.14
10 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 2:09.60
11 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Backstroke 2:06.54
16 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 26.29
28 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 1:00.30
18 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Butterfly 26.94
11 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Individual Medley 1:00.92
12 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Backstroke 2:07.89
10 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Butterfly 57.71
7 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Individual Medley 2:10.22
15 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
20 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:59.74
11 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.21
7 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.92
7 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Butterfly 27.02
15 2006 Helsinki, FIN 400m Individual Medley 4:49.87
16 2006 Helsinki, FIN 100m Individual Medley  DSQ
12 2006 Helsinki, FIN 100m Butterfly 59.88
10 2006 Helsinki, FIN 50m Butterfly 27.07
20 2005 Trieste, ITA 50m Butterfly 27.46
27 2005 Trieste, ITA 100m Butterfly 1:01.31
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 26.30
19 2018   Overall Ranking  
5 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.46
5 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 56.99
2 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 58.23
6 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 25.83
3 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.94
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 25.41
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 56.73
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 26.11
2 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 58.33
50 2017   Overall  
5 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 25.42
3 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 56.44
4 2016 Paris, FRA 100m Butterfly 57.00