Erben Wennemars

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Erben Wennemars
Erben Wennemars celebrating.jpg
Erben Wennemars during the
World Championships 2007
Personal information
Born (1975-11-01) November 1, 1975 (age 40)
Dalfsen, Netherlands
Country  Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1995
Retired 2010

Egbert Rolf ("Erben") Wennemars (born November 1, 1975 in Dalfsen, Overijssel) is a Dutch former speed skater. He specialized in the sprint and middle distances of 500, 1000 and 1500 meters.

Speed skating career[edit]

Erben Wennemars was the first skater who skated the 1500 m faster than 1:50.00. His 1:49.89 in the summer of 1997, however, was not regarded as an official world record.

During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano where Wennemars was qualified for the 500, 1000 and 1500 m, he dislocated his shoulder when Grunde Njøs from Norway fell and collided with Wennemars during the second 500 m race. Wennemars was not able to participate in the other distances after that.

Wennemars achieved his first big success in 2003 during the World Single Distance Championships in Berlin by winning the gold medal at the 1000 m and 1500 m. One year later he became world champion sprint in Nagano. In 2005 he defended his world sprint title successfully in Salt Lake City.

Wennemars qualified for the 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and the team pursuit events at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. His teammates for the team pursuit were Sven Kramer, Carl Verheijen, Mark Tuitert and Rintje Ritsma.

In 2003 Wennemars was chosen as athlete of the year in the Netherlands and in 2003, 2004 and 2005 as Dutch skater of the year. After failing to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics he announced his farewell from competitive skating.[1] On January 11, 2010, Erben Wennemars officially retired as a speed-skating professional.

Personal life[edit]

Wennemars is married to TV-presenter Renate van der Zalm, with whom he has two sons: Joep and Niels.[2]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 34,68 January 22, 2005 United States
Salt Lake City
1000 m 1.07,33 January 12, 2003 United States
Salt Lake City
1500 m 1.42,32 November 9, 2007 United States
Salt Lake City
3000 m 3.41,84 August 13, 2005 Canada
5000 m 6.28,42 August 13, 2005 Canada
10000 m 13.35,67 February 11, 2007 Netherlands
Team Pursuit 3:37.80 March 11, 2007 United States
Salt Lake City
With C.Verheijen and S.Kramer


Championship Gold medal.svg Silver medal.svg Bronze medal.svg
Dutch Single Distance Championships 10 11 9
Dutch Sprint Championships 3 1 3
Dutch Allround Championships 0 0 1
Winter Olympics 0 0 2
World Single Distance Championships 6 2 3
World Allround Championships 0 0 0
World Sprint Championships 2 0 2


  1. ^ ""Afscheid Erben Wennemars bij NK kortebaan"" (in Dutch). 
  2. ^ "Vrouw Wennemars: Erben heeft nieuw doel: de Elfstedentocht" (in Dutch). 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 

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Preceded by
Jochem Uytdehaage
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Preceded by
Netherlands Jochem Uytdehaage
Ard Schenk Award
2003, 2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Netherlands Bob de Jong