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Henk Nijdam

Full name: Hendrik "Henk" Nijdam
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: September 26, 1935 in Eelderwolde, Drenthe, Netherlands
Died: April 30, 2009 in Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Father of Jelle Nijdam.


Henk Nijdam started out as a pursuit specialist on the track. After competing in the team pursuit at the 1960 Olympics, he won the individual pursuit world title the following year. He turned professional in 1962, and again won the individual pursuit at the World Championships, following in the footsteps of Rudi Altig. His world title also earned him the "male athlete of the year" award in the Netherlands. Nijdam then switched focus to road racing. His greatest successes came in the major stage races, winning two stages in the Tour de France (1964, 1966) and four in the Vuelta (1966, 1967). His son [Jelle] would also become a successful cyclist, winning 6 Tour stages between 1987 and 1991.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 24 Roma Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Netherlands NED 5T

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 24 Roma Cycling Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 4:29.98
1960 Summer 24 Roma Cycling Netherlands NED Round One Heat Four 1 QU 4:40.64
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