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Kees Verkerk

Full name: Cornelis Arie "Kees" Verkerk
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: October 28, 1942 in Maasdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Puttershoek
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 3 Silver (4 Total)

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 9
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 16
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 33T
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 1 Gold OR
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver WR
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 5
1972 Winter 29 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 8
1972 Winter 29 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 6
1972 Winter 29 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver OR

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 33T 42.6

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 2:10.6 28 1:01 1:35
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 1 OR 2:03.4 26 58 1:30
1972 Winter 29 Sapporo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 8 2:07.43 27.06 59.26 1:34.14

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 4.6k
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 9 7:51.1 21 56 1:32 2:09 2:46 3:23 4:01 4:39 5:17 5:56 6:34 7:13
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 WR 7:23.2 20 54 1:28 2:03 2:39 3:14 3:50 4:25 5:01 5:37 6:12 6:48
1972 Winter 29 Sapporo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 6 7:39.17 20.61 55.09 1:30.89 2:07.69 2:44.44 3:21.43 3:58.28 4:34.78 5:11.04 5:48.04 6:24.80 7:02.00

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 16 16:53.4 41 1:19 1:56 2:34 3:13 3:52 4:31 5:11 5:52 6:34 7:15 7:56 8:37 9:18 10:00 10:42 11:25 12:06 12:47 13:29 14:11 14:53 15:33 16:13
1968 Winter 25 Grenoble Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 5 15:33.9 38 1:14 1:50 2:26 3:03 3:40 4:17 4:55 5:32 6:10 6:48 7:26 8:04 8:42 9:19 9:56 10:33 11:10 11:48 12:25 13:03 13:41 14:19 14:56
1972 Winter 29 Sapporo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 OR 15:04.70 38.69 1:14.09 1:50.1 2:26.4 3:02.8 3:39.1 4:15.5 4:51.8 5:28.0 6:04.2 6:40.0 7:15.7 7:51.7 8:28.4 9:04.9 9:41.1 10:17.65 10:53.97 11:30.06 12:06.36 12:42.06 13:17.67 13:53.61 14:29.55
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