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Jeen van den Berg, Elfstedentocht 1954
Jeen van den Berg, Elfstedentocht winner 1954

Jeen van den Berg (8 January 1928 - 8 October 2014) was a Dutch speedskater. He was known as the winner of the Elfstedentocht of 1954. He rode the race a record seven times. His first time was in 1947. His final race was in 1997. van den Berg was born in De Veenhoop, Netherlands.

On 3 February 1954, van den Berg finished the race in a record 7 hours and 35 minutes, a record bettered by Evert van Benthem only 31 years later. He came third in the infamous 1963 race. In 1973 he became the first Dutch marathon skate champion.

van den Berg died in Heerenveen, Netherlands, aged 86.


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