Koen Verweij

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Koen Verweij
Koen Verweij (2009-01-11) 1.jpg
Koen Verweij (EC Allround 2009)
Personal information
Born (1990-08-26) 26 August 1990 (age 28)
Alkmaar, Netherlands
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 2007

Koen Verweij (Dutch pronunciation: [kun vɛrˈʋɛi]; born 26 August 1990) is a Dutch speed skater and inline speed skater. At the end of the skating season 2008–09 he made a transfer from the Jong Oranje team of the national skating union (KNSB) to the commercial team of TVM.

Verweij is the current holder of the Dutch record at the 1500 metres distance.[1]


On 30 December 2007 he skated his first 10 km race at the Dutch all-round championships at the Kardinge ice track in Groningen. He finished the tournament in a fifth position which resulted in qualification as first reserve skater for the European all-round championship in Kolomna.[2] This was a remarkable accomplishment, because he was a junior at that moment, and posted faster times than Sven Kramer did at the same age.[3]

Later in the same season he participated in the world junior championships in Changchun. He won the silver medal just behind his teammate Jan Blokhuijsen and in front of his other teammate Berden de Vries. It was the first time since 1997 that all medals were captured by skaters from the same country.

At the Dutch all-round championships 2009, Verweij finished 4th, partly due to his strong improvement of his 10 km personal record, and qualified for the European all-round championships. Despite a fall on the 500 m he managed to finish the tournament in 12th position. His season was crowned with a victory on the World Junior Skating championships where he won the 3000 m, the 5000 m, the all-round title, and the team pursuit. Because of these outstanding results he won the Egbert van't Oever Aanmoediging award for the best young Dutch skater.

At the 2014 Olympic Games Verweij finished 2nd in the 1500m event, after finishing only 0.003 seconds behind Zbigniew Bródka.

On July 14, 2015 he announced leaving Team Corendon after one season.[4]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[5]
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 35:64 12 February 2011 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1:06.94 10 December 2017 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
1500 m 1:41.63 9 December 2017 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City National Record
3000 m 3:43.51 20 December 2013 Thialf, Heerenveen
5000 m 6:09.51 10 November 2013 Olympic Oval, Calgary
10000 m 13:08.97 13 February 2011 Olympic Oval, Calgary

As of 9 December 2017, Verweij is at the 6th position in the adelskalender.[6]

Tournament summary[edit]

Year Dutch Allround European World Allround World Distance Olympic Games
World Juniors
07/08 5th 2nd, silver medalist(s)
08/09 4th 12th 1st, gold medalist(s)
09/10 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
10/11 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) team pursuit
11/12 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) team pursuit
12/13 DNS 9th 1st, gold medalist(s) team pursuit
13/14 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 6e 1000m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500m
1st, gold medalist(s) team pursuit

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[7]


  1. ^ "National Records – Netherlands (NED)". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Eerste vier van NK allround naar EK" SportWeek.nl, 30 December 2007.
  3. ^ Sportweek, January 2008.
  4. ^ "Schaatser Verweij vertrekt bij Corendon" NOS, 14 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Koen Verweij". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Evolution of Adelskalendern since 1 July 2009". evertstenlund.se. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Koen Verweij". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012.