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    THE WORLD SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP AT GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN, PROVED A TRIUMPH FOR KEES VERKERK, THE 23-OLD DUTCH SKATER.

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    1500 METRE RACING AND 10,000 METRE RACING.




    Initials AA/V-S/JH/SA


    SPORT: SPEED-SKATING

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    Background: THE WORLD SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP AT GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN, PROVED A TRIUMPH FOR KEES VERKERK, THE 23-OLD DUTCH SKATER.

    VERKERK FINISHED FIRST IN THREE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES.

    37 SKATERS FROM 15 NATIONS COMPETED INT HE TWO-DAY EVENT.

    THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS BASED ON THE SKATER WHO HAS THE BEST PLACINGS IN THE 500 METRE, 5000 METRE, 1500 METRE, AND THE 10,000 METRES.

    THE 500 METRES AND 5000 METRES RACES WERE HELD ON SATURDAY.

    VERVERK WAS PLACED ONLY 20TH IN THE 500 METRE SPRINT, BUT WON THE 5,000 METRES IN A TIME OF SEVEN MINUTES 42.9 SECONDS.

    THE RACES ARE RUN IN PAIRS AND TIMED. FOR THE 25,000 SPECTATORS IN THE ULLEVIE STADIUM INTEREST CENTRED ON SUNDAY ON TWO MAIN COMPETITORS:ARD SCHENK OF HOLLAND, THE EUROPEAN CHAMPION WHO LED AFTER THE FIRST TWO RACES, AND JOHNNY NILSSON THE SWEDISH 10,000 METRE OLYMPIC CHAMPION.

    IN THE 1,500 METRE EVENT BOTH SCHENK AND NILSSON WON THEIR INDIVIDUAL RACES BUT THEY WERE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BEAT YOUNG VERVERK WITH HIS TIME 2 MINUTE 12.9 SECONDS. NILSSON HAD THE SECOND BEST TIME WITH 2 MINUTES 14.5 SECONDS, BUT EVEN AT THIS STAGE SCHENK HAD THE OVERALL LEAD.

    THE FINAL RACE WAS THE 10,000 METRES. VERKERK WAS DRAWN AGAINST MAIER OF NORWAY. HE BEAT HIM, AND ALL THE FIELD, TO WIN WITH A TIME OF 16 MINUTES 21.6 SECONDS. NILSSON WAS SECOND WITH 16 MINUTES 32 SECONDS AND SCHENK PLACED FOURTH.

    THUS THE CROWN WENT TO KEES VERKERK; SECOND WAS SCHENK; AND THIRD, NILSSON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAC84O29VM9LDX4J3CHMO24887
    Media URN:
    VLVAAC84O29VM9LDX4J3CHMO24887
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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