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Kees Verkerk
Dutch speed skater

Kees Verkerk

Kees Verkerk
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Dutch speed skater
Is Athlete Speed skater
From Netherlands
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 28 October 1942, Binnenmaas, Netherlands
Age 79 years
Star sign Scorpio
Oscar Mathisen Award 1966
The details (from wikipedia)


Cornelis Arie "Kees" Verkerk (born 28 October 1942) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands.

Short biography

Kees Verkerk was World Allround Champion in 1966 and 1967, and European Allround Champion in 1967. He won an Olympic gold medal on the 1,500 m in 1968 and a silver medal on the 5,000 m. Four years earlier (in 1964), he had won Olympic silver on the 1,500 m. In 1972, he won Olympic silver on the 10,000 m. Nationally, he won four Allround titles in 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1972. As a result of his performances, he received the Oscar Mathisen Award in 1966 and 1967, the first skater to win this award twice, although until 1967, skaters were not eligible to win it more than once.

In 1973, together with Ard Schenk and a dozen other skaters, Verkerk joined in a newly formed professional league, but this lasted only two years. The end of this professional league also marked the end of Verkerk's career as a speed skater. Later, he was coach of the Swedish team. Verkerk met his Norwegian wife in 1972 and has lived in Norway since his speed skating career ended.

World records

Over the course of his career, Verkerk skated eight world records:

Discipline Time Date Location
Big combination 178.058 12 February 1967 Oslo
1500 m 2.03,9 26 February 1967 Inzell
5000 m 7.26,6 26 February 1967 Inzell
Big combination 172.058 10 March 1968 Inzell
10,000 m 15.03,6 26 January 1969 Inzell
1500 m 2.02,0 9 February 1969 Davos
5000 m 7.13,2 1 March 1969 Inzell
1500 m 2.01,9 8 March 1970 Inzell

Personal records

Personal records
500m 39.9 15 January 1971 Davos
1,000m 1:21.4 19 January 1971 Davos
1,500m 1:58.9 16 January 1971 Davos
3,000m 4:14.9 2 March 1972 Inzell
5,000m 7:13.2 1 March 1969 Inzell
10,000m 15:03.6 26 January 1969 Inzell
Big combination 171.520 23 January 1972 Davos

Verkerk has an Adelskalender score of 168.033 points. Except for two days in February 1968, he was number one on the Adelskalender from 28 February 1967 until 5 February 1971 – a total of 1,444 days. The Adelskalender is an all-time allround speed skating ranking.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 30 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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