Coen de Koning

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Coen de Koning
Personal information
Born (1879-03-30)March 30, 1879
Edam, Netherlands
Died July 29, 1954(1954-07-29)
Breda, Netherlands
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1912 Elfstedentocht
1917 Elfstedentocht

Coen de Koning (March 30, 1879 – July 29, 1954) was twice winner of the Elfstedentocht and the second Dutch speed skating World Champion.[1]

Born in Edam, North Holland, Netherlands, he won the speed skating title in his only World Championship competition in 1905 in the city of Groningen, Groningen province, Netherlands. He faced only three other skaters, one of whom was Martinus Lørdahl from Norway, who won the 500-meter race.[2] After that, De Koning won all three remaining distances, thus claiming the title. De Koning participated in the 1904 and 1905 European Championships and the 1903, 1905 and 1912 Dutch Championships, winning them all.[3] He set National Records in 1905 in the 500-meter and 10,000-meter races. These records were broken in 1926 and 1929. Coen de Koning is also famous for winning the Elfstedentocht twice, in 1912 and 1917.[4]

World records[edit]

Distance Distance Date Location
Hour record 32370m January 29, 1906 Switzerland


Tournament summary[edit]

year Dutch Allround European Allround World Allround
1903 1st
1904 NC2
1905 1st 1st
1906 NC3
1912 1st
1919 NC4




  1. ^ a b "Coen de Koning". Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Results of the 1905 World Championship Allround Men". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Coen de Koning (NED)" (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Historie van de Elfstedentocht (in Dutch)". Koninklijke Vereniging De Friesche Elf Steden. Retrieved 2009-08-18.