Speed Skating

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Born: October 28, 1942 - Maasdam (NED)

Cornelis "Kees" Verkerk, from Puttershoek, was the best speed skater of the world in 1966 and 1967 when he became World champion twice and European champion once (1967). In 1968 he became the first Dutch Olympic speed skating champion, by winning his favourite distance, 1500 meters, in the Grenoble games. This was his best distance for several years, and he set three 1500 meters World Records. In 1964 he made his international debut in the European Championships, placing 12th. Less than one month later he very surprisingly got an Olympic 1500 meters silver medal.

During his preparations for his 3rd Olympic Games, he realized he could probably not beat Ard Schenk on 1500 and 5000 meters, so he specialized on the 10000 meters before the Sapporo games. He did a great race, but Ard still beat him by 3.35 seconds.

Verkerk was 4 times Dutch champion. He was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Trophy in 1966 and 1967, becoming the first to be awarded the trophy twice. Previously the rules said you could only win the trophy once, but they changed the rules to be able to award Verkerk twice. After his speed skating career ended, Verkerk moved to Norway and he has been running a camping site outside of Kristiansand.

#1 on the Adelskalender:
28 February 1967 - 05 February 1968
07 February 1968 - 13 February 1971
A total of 1444 days.

Bjarte Hetland, December 22, 2013

Career summary

Podia at championships

19642 Olympic Winter Games 1500 metersInnsbruckAUT
19661 World Championship AllroundGöteborgSWE
2 European Championship AllroundDeventerNED
19671 World Championship AllroundOsloNOR
1 European Championship AllroundLathiFIN
19681 Olympic Winter Games 1500 metersGrenobleFRA
2 Olympic Winter Games 5000 metersGrenobleFRA
19693 World Championship AllroundDeventerNED
2 European Championship AllroundInzellFRG
19703 World Championship AllroundOsloNOR
19713 World Championship AllroundGöteborgSWE
3 European Championship AllroundHeerenveenNED
19722 Olympic Winter Games 10,000 metersSapporoJPN

World Records

1Big combination178.058Feb 11/12, 1967OsloNOR
25000 meters7:26.6Feb 26, 1967InzellFRG
31500 meters2:03.9Feb 26, 1967InzellFRG
4Big combination172.058Mar 9/10, 1968InzellFRG
510,000 meters15:03.6Jan 26, 1969InzellFRG
61500 meters2:02.0Feb 9, 1969DavosSUI
75000 meters7:13.2Mar 1, 1969InzellFRG
81500 meters2:01.9Mar 8, 1970InzellFRG

Personal Bests

500m0:39.9Jan 15, 1971DavosSUI
1000m1:21.4Jan 19, 1971DavosSUI
1500m1:58.9Jan 16, 1971DavosSUI
3000m4:14.09Mar 2, 1972InzellFRG
5000m7:13.02Mar 1, 1969InzellFRG
10,000m15:03.1Jan 26, 1969InzellFRG

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