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Jens van 't Wout


SportShort Track
Born06 Oct 2001
ResidenceSintjohannesga, NED
LanguagesDutch, English
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.932 06 Nov 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:23.263 21 Nov 2021 Debrecen  
    1500m 2:11.909 05 Nov 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 5:07.171 05 Jan 2020 Leeuwarden  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    500m     1  
    1500m   1    
    2000m Relay 1      
    5000m Relay 1      
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay   1    
European Championships
European Championships
    500m   1    
    1000m   1    
    1500m 1      
    2000m Relay 1      
    5000m Relay 2      
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTrias Shorttrack: Leeuwarden, NED  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesPlaying video games. (, 09 Feb 2020)  
InjuriesHe was affected by a groin injury at the 2023 World Cup event in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (, 09 Mar 2023)

In September 2019 he sustained a large cut on his cheek and lost two teeth after a collision with Israeli skater Vladislav Bykanov. Van 't Wout required a metal bolt to be inserted into his cheek and was left with a 10-centimetre scar. (, 03 Jan 2021;, 03 Jan 2021)
Famous relativesHis older brother Melle has represented the Netherlands in short track, making his debut on the World Cup circuit in 2019. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jan 2021;, 23 Apr 2020)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe played ice hockey with his brother while living in Canada, until his parents decided the sport was too dangerous and encouraged them both to take up short track. "I used to play ice hockey [in Canada]. But when we got into a league that allowed body contact, both my brother and I got concussions so we decided to do things differently. We went into short track instead. And after just six months of short track, we moved back to the Netherlands."  
Name of coachNiels Kerstholt [national], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
His older brother Melle also competes in short track. "We're always together, from morning to evening, eating together, training together, playing PlayStation together, sharing hotel rooms. If Melle does something, then I do it too. He has a real drive. Even if it doesn't work out, he will keep going. Of course we are competitors on the ice. We want to beat each other, but we also want to help each other. If possible, we try to work together. If Melle wins a medal, I'll train harder to get one too. Because if he has something, I want it too. We often watch videos of our training sessions and races. Then I give him instructions and he does the same thing to me. That way we learn a lot from each other." (, 09 Mar 2023;, 28 Jul 2022;, 23 Nov 2021)

Born in the Netherlands, he was age two when his family relocated to Bracebridge, ON, Canada. After 10 years the family moved back to Almere, Netherlands. "I always speak English with my brother and usually with my parents too, although gradually more and more Dutch is added. I also think in English, so for the time being that is the easiest language for me." (, 28 Jul 2022;, 15 Jun 2021;, 03 Jan 2021)

He placed first in the 1500m event at the 2020 International Invitation Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands. However, he was denied victory after forgetting to put his transponders on. "I looked at my ankles, saw that I wasn't wearing them and thought, 'You can't be serious!' The ride went really well, but it was a rookie mistake. I was quite nervous for the race and very focused on the skating, but not on the things around it. The transponders were still in my bag. This story will stick around for a while and I have earned it." (, 08 Dec 2020)
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (, 15 Jun 2021)  
MilestonesHe was part of the Dutch team that won the first mixed 2000m relay title at the short track world championships when the event made its debut at the tournament in 2023 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Oct 2023; ISU Speed Skating Twitter profile, 12 Mar 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022/2023 European Championships 2000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 World Championships 2000m Relay1  
    2020/2021 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1500m1  
    2022/2023 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2020/2021 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1000m2  
    2022/2023 European Championships 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 World Championships 1500m2  
    2022/2023 World Championships 500m3  
    2023/2024 World Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1500m4  
    2022 Olympic Games 2000m Relay4  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 500m4  
    2023/2024 European Championships 1500m5  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1000m5  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1500m6  
    2022/2023 World Championships 5000m Relay6  
    2022 Olympic Games 5000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1000m7  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m19  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 500m20  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1500m22  
    2023/2024 European Championships 1000m24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 Dordrecht 2000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Seoul 2000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 1000m1  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2021/2022 Beijing 5000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m1  
    2023/2024 Beijing 2000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 2000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Seoul 5000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 Beijing 2000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 2000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 Beijing 500m3  
    2022/2023 Dresden 2000m Relay3  
    2022/2023 Dordrecht 1500m3  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay4  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay5  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1000m6  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m7  
    2022/2023 Dresden 5000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1500m7  
    2022/2023 Almaty 5000m Relay8  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall9  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m10  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m11  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification Overall13  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m14  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m18  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m21  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m21  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 500m25  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1500m25  
    2022/2023 Dresden 500m60  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m68