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Kees Verkerk

Kees Verkerk
Kees Verkerk (1968)
Personal information
Born (1942-10-28) 28 October 1942
Puttershoek, Netherlands
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Club Puttershoek

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


  • Short biography 1
  • World records 2
  • Personal records 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Short biography

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 Norwegian wife in 1972 and has lived in Norway since his speed skating career ended.[1]

World records

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

Discipline Time Date Location
Big combination 178.058 February 12, 1967 Oslo
1500 m 2.03,9 February 26, 1967 Inzell
5000 m 7.26,6 February 26, 1967 Inzell
Big combination 172.058 March 10, 1968 Inzell
10,000 m 15.03,6 January 26, 1969 Inzell
1500 m 2.02,0 February 9, 1969 Davos
5000 m 7.13,2 March 1, 1969 Inzell
1500 m 2.01,9 March 8, 1970 Inzell


Personal records

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

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 1,444 days.[3] The Adelskalender is an all-time allround speed skating ranking.[4][5]


Verkerk at the European Championships in 1967
  1. ^ a b c Kees Verkerk.
  2. ^ "Kees Verkerk". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Days at the top of the Adelskalendern
  4. ^ Evolution of the Adelskalender 1959–1969
  5. ^ Evolution of the Adelskalender 1969–1979
  • Bal, Rien and Van Dijk, Rob. Schaatskampioenen, alles over het seizoen 68–69 (Speedskating Champions, all about the season 68–69) . Amsterdam, the Netherlands: N.V. Het Parool, 1969. (Dutch)
  • Bestebreurtje, Ger. Heya Keessie – Verkerk vertelt. Deventer, the Netherlands: Uitgeverij N.Kluwer N.V., 1969.
  • Eng, Trond. All Time International Championships, Complete Results: 1889 – 2002. Askim, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 2002.
  • Froger, Fred R. Topsporters: Ard Schenk * Kees Verkerk (Elite Athletes: Ard Schenk * Kees Verkerk). Bussum, the Netherlands: Van Holkema & Warendorf, 1967. (Dutch)
  • ___________ Winnaars op de schaats (Victors on Skates), Een Parool Sportpocket. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: N.V. Het Parool, 1968. (Dutch)
  • Koomen, Theo. 10 Jaar Topschaatsen (10 Years Elite Speedskating). Laren (NH), the Netherlands: Uitgeverij Luitingh, 1971. ISBN 90-245-0114-8. (Dutch)
  • _________ Topschaatsen 1972 (Elite Speedskating 1972). Laren (NH), the Netherlands: Uitgeverij Luitingh, 1972. ISBN 90-245-0152-0. (Dutch)
  • _________ Topschaatsen 3 (Elite Speedskating 3). Laren (NH), the Netherlands: Uitgeverij Luitingh, 1973. ISBN 90-245-0194-6. (Dutch)
  • Maaskant, Piet. Flitsende Ijzers, De geschiedenis van de schaatssport (Flashing Blades, the History of Dutch Speedskating). Zwolle, the Netherlands: La Rivière & Voorhoeve, 1967 (Second revised and expanded edition). (Dutch)
  • _________ Heya, Heya! Het nieuwe boek van de Schaatssport (Heya, Heya! The New book of Dutch Speedskating). Zwolle, the Netherlands: La Rivière & Voorhoeve, 1970. (Dutch)
  • Peereboom, Klaas. Van Jaap Eden tot Ard Schenk (From Jaap Eden till Ard Schenk). Baarn, the Netherlands: De Boekerij, 1972. ISBN 90-225-0346-1. (Dutch)
  • Teigen, Magne. Komplette Resultater Internasjonale Mesterskap 1889 – 1989: Menn/Kvinner, Senior/Junior, allround/sprint. Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 1989. (Norwegian)
  • Van Eyle, Wim. Een Eeuw Nederlandse Schaatssport (A Century of Dutch Speedskating). Utrecht, the Netherlands: Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, 1982. ISBN 90-274-9476-2. (Dutch)
  • Witkamp, Anton and Koning, Dolf (eds.). Schaatsgoud '72 (Speedskating Gold '72). Bussum, the Netherlands: Teleboek NV, 1972. ISBN 90-6122-204-4. (Dutch)

External links

  • Kees Verkerk at
  • Short biography from Evert Stenlund's Adelskalender pages

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

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

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