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Freek van der Wart


SportShort Track
Born01 Feb 1988 in Voorburg 
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationBusiness Administration - Randstad Topsport Academie Deventer: Netherlands
FamilyPartner Mayon Kuipers
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.389 07 Feb 2016 Dresden  
    1000m 1:24.594 20 Oct 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 2:14.748 18 Jan 2013 Malmö  
    3000m 4:49.621 06 Jan 2013 Amsterdam  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    500m     1  
    5000m Relay 1 1 2  
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    2000m Relay     1  
European Championships
European Championships
    5000m Relay 3 4 1  
    Overall 1      
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I thought short track was fun. The struggle, the emotion, passion, and overtaking."  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe required surgery on a fibula injury in September 2016. (, 13 Sep 2016)

He broke his ankle in a training accident in August 2016. (, 10 Aug 2016)

He required shoulder surgery at the end of the 2015/16 season. (, 13 Sep 2016)

He dislocated his shoulder in January 2014 but recovered in time to compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. It was the second time in his career he had dislocated his shoulder. (, 30 Jan 2014;, 18 Jan 2014)
Other informationRETIREMENT
He retired from competitive short track in late 2017 due to an ankle injury. (, 22 Jun 2018)

In May 2014 he was knocked off his bike by a motorist while training with national teammates Sjinkie Knegt and Daan Breeuwsma. He did not sustain any serious injuries but his training was affected for a period and he claimed he longer felt comfortable cycling in a group. The driver of the car was given 180 hours of community service. (, 07 Oct 2014)
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the overall competition at the 2013 European Championships in Malmo, Sweden, and being part of the Dutch team that claimed victory in the 5000m relay at the 2014 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (, 24 Feb 2015)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age six.  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHis partner Mayon Kuipers has represented the Netherlands in speed skating at World Cup events. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jan 2016;, 01 Jan 2016)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2015/2016 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall1  
    2010/2011 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2011/2012 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 European Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m Relay4  
    2013/2014 European Championships Overall5  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall5  
    2010/2011 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2006/2007 European Championships 5000m Relay6  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall7  
    2009/2010 European Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2007/2008 European Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2015/2016 World Championships 5000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall8  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m9  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m10  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m10  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay10  
    2010/2011 European Championships Overall11  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m11  
    2011/2012 European Championships Overall12  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m12  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1500m13  
    2007/2008 European Championships Overall14  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m14  
    2007/2008 World Championships 500m15  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall15  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m15  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m15  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m17  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall18  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall20  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m23  
    2007/2008 World Championships Overall24  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m27  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m30  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships Overall39  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1000m44  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships Overall45  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 Seoul 5000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 Nagoya 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 Moscow 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 Dordrecht 5000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 Montreal, QC 5000m Relay2  
    2015/2016 Dordrecht 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Nagoya 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Sochi 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 Dresden 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 Moscow 500m3  
    2013/2014 Turin 5000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 Nagoya 1000m3  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m6  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m6  
    2010/2011 Dresden 5000m Relay6  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 500m7  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m7  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2008/2009 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m10  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1000m10  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 500m10  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m11  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m12  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 500m12  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m13  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m13  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m13  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m15  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m18  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1000m19  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m19  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1000m20  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 500m21  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1000m25  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m25  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1000m29  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1500m32  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 500m35  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1500m36  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 500m37  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 500m39  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 1500m41  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 1000m46  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1500m50  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m51  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1000m54  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1500m54  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 1500m56  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1000m57  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 500m61  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 1000m66  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1500m88  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1500m94  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1500m121