World championship classifications:
Qualifying for the former World championships of Versele Laga was a great sportive goal in the late Nineties. The winners were talk of the town and became world famous. Probably no other fanciers than Cornelis and Gerard Koopman were so successful in this prestigious championship!
Overall world champion: 1994, 1st place; 1995, 2nd place; 1996, 4th place; 1997, 7th place; 1998, 2nd place and 1st, 5th and 6th with youngsters!
Twice the partnership made a top quotation in the individual rankings with their superstar ‘Gentil’. In 1994 ‘Gentil’ was third World champion and in 1995 he was second World champion Versele Laga!
The World championship team of 1994 consisted of:
‘Zeno’ NL92-5310364 1st Herenthals (220 km) against 4,448 birds; 2nd Orléans (647 km) against 10,997 birds; 2nd Bourges (698 km) against 3,781 birds; 5th Houdeng (309 km) against 3,781 birds; 5th Cambrai (380 km) against 2,175 birds.
‘Corneel’ NL93-5407419 3rd Den Bosch (153 km) against 3,210 birds; 9th Beekbergen (86 km) against 3,737 birds; 18th Reusel (192 km) against 4,545 birds; 19th Reusel against 2,140 birds.
‘Gentil’ NL92-5310320 4th Orléans (647 km) against 10,997 birds; 4th Cambrai (380 km) against 2,175 birds; 6th Reusel (192 km) against 4,545 birds; 10th Houdeng (309 km) against 3,707 birds; 10th Bourges (699 km) against 1,286 birds; 56th Etampes (580 km) against 15,750 birds.
It was a beautiful unforgettable period in Nieuw Amsterdam. A time that gave father and son Koopman the possibility to create the perfect team up to the smallest detail. But to achieve Gerard’s goal – a more professional way of homing pigeons – new conditions had to be made.