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Wim van der Voort

Full name: Willem "Wim" van der Voort
Gender: Male
Born: March 24, 1923 in 's-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: ?, 's-Gravenzande (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Wim van der Voort was the World's top 1500 m skater in the early 1950s. He won this distance at the European Championships 1951-1953 and the World Championships 1951-1952, earning him overall silver medals at the Europeans (1951 and 1953) and a World bronze in 1953. His second place at the European Championships was remarkable, as champion Hjalmar Andersen had fallen in the final distance for his home crowd. But the Norwegian was allowed a controversial reskate, having allegedly been distracted by a photographer's flash. At the 1952 Olympics, Van der Voort was the top favourite for the gold medal at the metric mile. Again, he was thwarted by Andersen, who would win three golds on the Bislett ice. Skating after Andersen, Van der Voort was hampered by light snow and a sub-par final lap, finishing two tenths behind the Norwegian to take a silver medal.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.6 (1951); 1500 – 2:14.9 (1953); 5000 – 8:20.1 (1953); 10000 – 17:28.8 (1949).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 19T
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 5

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 19T 45.3

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 2:20.6 28 1:04 1:42

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 5 8:30.6 59 1:39 2:19 3:00 3:41 4:22 5:04 5:46 6:28 7:09 7:50