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Kees Verkerk

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 3
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameCornelis Arie "Kees"•Verkerk
Used nameKees•Verkerk
Born28 October 1942 in Maasdam (NED)
Measurements171 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsPuttershoek
NOC(s) Netherlands

Biography

Kees Verkerk and Ard Schenk formed the top speed skating duo in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Verkerk won all available titles, taking the European allround gold in 1967, the World Championships in 1966 and 1967 and won Olympic gold in the 1500 m in Grenoble, having won a surprise silver in the same distance four years earlier. In 1966 and 1967, he won the Oscar Mathisen Trophy for the best speed skating performance of the season, and Verkerk broke four World Records between 1967 and 1970. A four-time Dutch champion, Verkerk closed out his amateur career with a silver medal in the Olympic 10k of Sapporo. He then joined Schenk in a professional league, but the adventure ended in 1974 without much success for Verkerk. After a brief period as coach of the Swedish team, Verkerk focused on managing his own camp site in Norway, where he had lived since 1972.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.9 (1971); 1000 – 1:21.4 (1971); 1500 – 1:58.9 (1971); 5000 – 7:13.2 (1969); 10000 – 15:03.6 (1969).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1964 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Netherlands    
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 9
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 16
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic =33 Representing Netherlands    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 5
1972 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 8 Representing Netherlands    
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 6
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Winter Olympics 15 February 1968 Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Final Standings 7:23.2 WR 2
1968 Winter Olympics 16 February 1968 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 2:03.4 1
1972 Winter Olympics 7 February 1972 Speed Skating (Skating) 10,000 metres, Men Final Standings 15:04.70 2

Other participations

Games Role Details
1964 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Netherlands    

Special Notes