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Born: December 28, 1973 - Deersum (NED)

Ids Postma, born in Dearsum, started his international career by placing second in the World Junior Championships 1993. In 1994 he very surprisingly entered the Dutch team for the international allround championships, finishing 4th in the European and 2nd in the World Championships. In 1996 he placed 2nd in both the European and the World Championships and he was the first 5000 m World Champion in the first World Single Distance Championships. In 1997 he took the step onto the top of the podium, winning both the European and the World Title.

During the 1998 Olympics he had hoped to win the 1500 m. He was paired with Ådne Søndrål, and he was in the lead most of the race. But he stumbled in the last turn and finished second, 0.26 seconds behind Søndrål. 3 days later he entered his first international 1000 m competition, without any expectations, and very surprisingly won the Olympic title. He beat his teammate Jan Bos by 7 one-hundredths of a second, and became the first male Dutch skater to win a distance shorter than 1500 m.

In Berlin, November 1997, he did 1.49,81, becoming the first to skate an official 1500 m World Record under 1.50,00. However, compatriot Erben Wennemars had already done 1.49,88 in an inofficial race in Calgary. Postma's record lasted less than 24 hours before it was beaten by Canadian Kevin Overland in Calgary.

He won the Ard Schenk Award 1997. Highest rank on the Adelskalender: 2 (1998-99)

Bjarte Hetland, January 28, 2014

Career summary

Podia at championships

19942 World Championship AllroundGöteborgSWE
19961 World Championship Single Distances 5000 metersHamarNOR
2 World Championship AllroundInzellGER
2 European Championship AllroundHeerenveenNED
19971 World Championship AllroundNaganoJPN
1 European Championship AllroundHeerenveenNED
19981 Olympic Winter Games 1000 metersNaganoJPN
2 Olympic Winter Games 1500 metersNaganoJPN
2 World Championship Single Distances 1500 metersCalgaryCAN
1 World Championship AllroundHeerenveenNED
19991 World Championship Single Distances 1500 metersHeerenveenNED
20001 World Championship Single Distances 1500 metersNaganoJPN
2 World Championship AllroundMilwaukeeUSA
3 European Championship AllroundHamarNOR
20012 World Championship AllroundBudapestHUN
3 European Championship AllroundBaselga di PinèITA
20033 World Championship AllroundGöteborgSWE

World Records

11500 meters1:49.81Nov 29, 1997BerlinGER
2Big combination153.367Mar 13/15, 1998HeerenveenNED

Personal Bests

500m0:35.99Nov 30, 2001Salt Lake CityUSA
1000m1:09.15Feb 16, 2002Salt Lake CityUSA
1500m1:45.41Feb 19, 2002Salt Lake CityUSA
3000m3:50.87Nov 15, 2002ErfurtGER
5000m6:33.09Mar 13, 1998HeerenveenNED
10,000m13:45.91Mar 15, 1998HeerenveenNED

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