Eef Kamerbeek

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameEvert "Eef"•Kamerbeek
Used nameEef•Kamerbeek
Born17 March 1934 in Eindhoven (NED)
Died26 August 2008 in Waalre (NED)
Measurements189 cm / 91 kg
AffiliationsPSV, Eindhoven (NED)
NOC Netherlands


Eef Kamerbeek ranks as one of the best Dutch decathletes of all time. Between 1954 and 1964, he won the Dutch title 11 times, adding 11 more titles in the 110 m hurdles (7), the 200 m hurdles, the discus and javelin throw. Kamerbeek, whose father Henk was an Olympic hammer thrower and chairman of the track section of the Philips Sports Club (PSV), was unfortunate in international events. While already in Melbourne, he heard that the Dutch team was boycotting the 1956 Olympics, and Kamerbeek had to return without competing. Four years later, he placed fifth, distracted by a romantic adventure with Mary Bignal. In Tokyo, his final Olympics, he had to retire due to a back injury. Kamerbeek also missed out on medals at the European Championships, placing 6th (1958) and 4th (1962), the latter despite his best ever decathlon score. After his active career, Kamerbeek worked for Philips in various functions, and also succeeded his father as chairman of the PSV track division.

Personal Best: Dec – 7500 (1962).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics NED Eef Kamerbeek
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) DNS
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 5
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics NED Eef Kamerbeek
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) DNF

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1960 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony NED Eef Kamerbeek
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony NED Eef Kamerbeek

Olympic family relations

Special Notes