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) 1 November 1975 (age 40)
Dalfsen, Netherlands
Website www.erbenwennemars.nl
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1995
Retired 2010

Egbert Rolf "Erben" Wennemars (born 1 November 1975) is a Dutch former speed skater. He specialized in the sprint and middle distances of 500, 1000 and 1500 meters, and set six world records during his career.[1]

Speed skating career[edit]

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.[2] On 11 January 2010, Wennemars officially retired as a speed-skating professional.

Records[edit]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[3]
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 34.68 22 January 2005 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
1000 m 1:07.33 12 January 2003 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
1500 m 1:42.32 9 November 2007 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record until beaten by Denny Morrison on 14 March 2008.[4]
3000 m 3:41.84 12 August 2005 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 6:28.42 13 August 2005 Olympic Oval, Calgary
10000 m 13:35.67 11 February 2007 Thialf, Heerenveen
Small comb. 146.365 12–13 August 2005 Olympic Oval, Calgary Current world record.[5]
Team pursuit 3:37.80 11 March 2007 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record (with Sven Kramer and Carl Verheijen) until beaten by Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij on 16 November 2013.[6]

World records[edit]

World records[1]
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
1500 m 1:42.32 9 November 2007 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record until beaten by Denny Morrison on 14 March 2008.[4]
Small comb. 153.583 15–16 August 1998 Olympic Oval, Calgary
Small comb. 149.188 14–15 August 1999 Olympic Oval, Calgary
Small comb. 146.365 12–13 August 2005 Olympic Oval, Calgary Current world record.[5]
Team pursuit 3:46.44 21 November 2004 Sportforum Hohenschönhausen, Berlin World record (with Mark Tuitert and Carl Verheijen) until beaten by Arne Dankers, Steven Elm and Denny Morrison on 12 November 2005.[6]
Team pursuit 3:37.80 11 March 2007 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record (with Sven Kramer and Carl Verheijen) until beaten by Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij on 16 November 2013.[6]

Medals[edit]

Championship Gold Silver Bronze
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

Personal life[edit]

Wennemars is married to TV-presenter Renate van der Zalm, with whom he has two sons: Joep and Niels.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Erben Wennemars". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  2. ^ ""Afscheid Erben Wennemars bij NK kortebaan"" (in Dutch). 
  3. ^ "Erben Wennemars". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Evolution of the world record 1500 meters Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Evolution of the world record Small combination Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Evolution of the world record Team pusuit Men". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Vrouw Wennemars: Erben heeft nieuw doel: de Elfstedentocht" (in Dutch). ad.nl. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 

External links[edit]



Records
Preceded by
United States Shani Davis
Men's 1500 m speed skating world record
9 November 2007 – 14 March 2008
Succeeded by
Canada Denny Morrison
Preceded by
Netherlands Carl Verheijen
Germany Christian Breuer
Netherlands Jochem Uytdehaage
Men's small combination speed skating world record
16 August 1998 – 29 November 1998
15 August 1999 – 17 March 2001
13 August 2005 – present
Succeeded by
Canada Steven Elm
Netherlands Jochem Uytdehaage
Current holder
Preceded by
United States K. C. Boutiette, Chad Hedrick, Derek Parra

Canada Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Denny Morrison
Men's team pursuit speed skating world record
21 November 2004 – 12 November 2005
with Mark Tuitert and Carl Verheijen
11 March 2007 – 9 November 2003
with Sven Kramer and Carl Verheijen
Succeeded by
Canada Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Denny Morrison

Netherlands Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer, Koen Verweij
Awards
Preceded by
Jochem Uytdehaage
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Preceded by
Jochem Uytdehaage
Ard Schenk Award
2003, 2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Bob de Jong