Kees Verkerk

Cornelis Arie "Kees" Verkerk (born 28 October 1942) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands.[1]

Kees Verkerk
Kees Verkerk 1968.jpg
Verkerk in 1968
Personal information
Birth nameCornelis Arie Verkerk
NationalityDutch
Born (1942-10-28) 28 October 1942 (age 78)
Maasdam, Netherlands
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Sport
CountryNetherlands
SportSpeed skating
ClubPuttershoek
Turned pro1964
Retired1972
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)500 m: 39.9 (1971)
1000 m: 1:21.4 (1971)
1500 m: 1:58.9 (1971)
3000 m: 4:14.9 (1972)
5000 m: 7:13.2 (1969)
10 000 m: 15:03.6 (1969)
Medal record
Men's speed skating
Representing  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1968 Grenoble 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 1964 Innsbruck 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 1968 Grenoble 5000 m
Silver medal – second place 1972 Sapporo 10000 m
World Allround Championships
Gold medal – first place 1966 Gothenburg Allround
Gold medal – first place 1967 Oslo Allround
Bronze medal – third place 1969 Deventer Allround
Bronze medal – third place 1970 Oslo Allround
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Gothenburg Allround
European Allround Championships
Silver medal – second place 1966 Deventer Allround
Gold medal – first place 1967 Lahti Allround
Silver medal – second place 1969 Inzell Allround
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Heerenveen Allround

Short biographyEdit

Kees Verkerk was World Allround Champion in 1966 and 1967, and European Allround Champion in 1967. He won an Olympic gold medal on the 1,500 m in 1968 and a silver medal on the 5,000 m. Four years earlier (in 1964), he had won Olympic silver on the 1,500 m. In 1972, he won Olympic silver on the 10,000 m.[1] Nationally, he won four Allround titles in 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1972. As a result of his performances, he received the Oscar Mathisen Award in 1966 and 1967, the first skater to win this award twice, although until 1967, skaters were not eligible to win it more than once.

In 1973, together with Ard Schenk and a dozen other skaters, Verkerk joined in a newly formed professional league, but this lasted only two years. The end of this professional league also marked the end of Verkerk's career as a speed skater. Later, he was coach of the Swedish team. Verkerk met his future Norwegian wife in 1972 and has lived in Norway since his speed skating career ended.[1]

World recordsEdit

Over the course of his career, Verkerk skated eight world records:

Discipline Result Date Location Note
Big combination 178.058 12 February 1967 Oslo World record until 14 January 1968
1500 m 2:03.9 26 February 1967 Inzell World record until 5 February 1968
5000 m 7:26.6 26 February 1967 Inzell World record until 7 January 1968
Big combination 172.058 10 March 1968 Inzell World record until 2 March 1969
10000 m 15:03.6 26 January 1969 Inzell World record until 14 February 1971
1500 m 2:02.0 9 February 1969 Davos World record until 8 March 1970
5000 m 7:13.2 1 March 1969 Inzell World record until 13 March 1971
1500 m 2:01.9 8 March 1970 Inzell World record until 16 January 1971

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[2]

Personal recordsEdit

 
Kees Verkerk with father at the 1968 Olympics
Personal records
Discipline Result Date Location Note
500m 39.9 15 January 1971 Davos
1,000m 1:21.4 19 January 1971 Davos
1,500m 1:58.9 16 January 1971 Davos
3,000m 4:14.9 2 March 1972 Inzell
5,000m 7:13.2 1 March 1969 Inzell
10,000m 15:03.6 26 January 1969 Inzell
Big combination 171.520 23 January 1972 Davos

Verkerk has an Adelskalender score of 168.033 points. Except for two days in February 1968, he was number one on the Adelskalender from 28 February 1967 until 5 February 1971 – a total of 1444 days.[3] The Adelskalender is an all-time allround speed skating ranking.[4][5]

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[2]

Tournament overviewEdit

Season Dutch
Championships
Allround
European
Championships
Allround
Olympic
Games
World
Championships
Allround
ISSL
European
Championships
Allround
ISSL
World
Championships
Allround
1962–1963 12th 500m
  5000m
4th 1500m
4th 10000m
4th overall

1963-1964
OSLO

21st 500m
10th 5000m
15th 1500m
8th 10000m
12th overall
INNSBRUCK
  1500m
9th 5000m
16th 10000m
HELSINKI

28th 500m
13th 5000m
20th 1500m
12th 10000m
11th overall

1964-1965

8th 500m
  5000m
4th 1500m
  10000m
  overall
GOTHENBURG

13th 500m
4th 5000m
8th 1500m
4th 10000m
8th overall
OSLO
14th 500m
4th 5000m
19th 1500m
13th 10000m
10th overall

1965-1966

  500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall
DEVENTER

4th 500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall
GOTHENBURG

20th 500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall

1966-1967

  500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall
LAHTI

4th 500m
  5000m
  1500m
  3000m•
  overall
OSLO

9th 500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall

1967-1968

9th 500m
9th 5000m
  1500m
7th 10000m
4th overall
OSLO

11th 500m
7th 5000m
9th 1500m
7th 10000m
8th overall
GRENOBLE

33rd 500m
  1500m
  5000m
5th 10000m
GOTHENBURG

9th 500m
  5000m
5th 1500m
6th 10000m
4th overall

1968-1969

  500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall
INZELL

6th 500m
10th 5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall
DEVENTER

22nd 500m
  5000m
  1500m
4th 10000m
  overall

1969-1970
INNSBRUCK

11th 500m
  5000m
10th 1500m
4th 10000m
7th overall
OSLO

10th 500m
  5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall

1970-1971

4h 500m
8th 5000m
  1500m
5th 10000m
4th overall
THIALF

16th 500m
5th 5000m
4th 1500m
  10000m
  overall
GOTHENBURG

12th 500m
  5000m
10th 1500m
  10000m
  overall

1971-1972

  500m
4th 5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall
DAVOS

13th 500m
  5000m
7th 1500m
  10000m
4th overall
SAPPORO

8th 1500m
6th 5000m
  10000m
OSLO

20th 500m
6th 5000m
9th 1500m
5th 10000m
6th overall

1972-1973
SKIEN

7th 500m
  5000m
7th 1500m
  10000m
5th overall
GOTHENBURG

7th 500m
  5000m
5th 1500m
5th 10000m
6th overall

1973-1974
TYNSET

  500m
4th 5000m
  1500m
  10000m
  overall

Medals wonEdit

Championship Gold
 
Silver
 
Bronze
 
European Allround Classification
1
2
1
Olympic Games
1
3
0
World Allround Classification
2
0
3
International Speed Skating League
0
0
1

ReferencesEdit

 
Verkerk at the European Championships in 1967
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Kees Verkerk. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b "Kees Verkerk". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. ^ Days at the top of the Adelskalendern. evertstenlund.se
  4. ^ Evolution of the Adelskalender 1959–1969. evertstenlund.se
  5. ^ Evolution of the Adelskalender 1969–1979. evertstenlund.se
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External linksEdit


Awards
Preceded by
  Anton Geesink
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
with Ard Schenk

1966
Succeeded by
  Kees Verkerk
Preceded by
  Kees Verkerk and Ard Schenk
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1967
Succeeded by
  Jan Janssen
Preceded by
  Per Ivar Moe
Oscar Mathisen Award
19661967
Succeeded by
  Fred Anton Maier