Fanny Blankers-Koen

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Francina "Fanny" Elsje Blankers-Koen (26 April 1918 – 25 January 2004) was a Dutch track and field athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.wikipedia
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1948 Summer Olympics

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Francina "Fanny" Elsje Blankers-Koen (26 April 1918 – 25 January 2004) was a Dutch track and field athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.
One of the star performers at the Games was Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen.

Long jump

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Although international competition was stopped by World War II, Blankers-Koen set several world records during that period, in events as diverse as the long jump, the high jump, and sprint and hurdling events.
The longest to hold the record prior was by Fanny Blankers-Koen during World War II.

Jan Blankers

The following year, her coach and future husband, Jan Blankers, a former Olympic triple-jumper who had participated in the 1928 Olympics, encouraged her to enter the trials for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
In September 1935 Blankers met Fanny Blankers-Koen at an athletic competition.

Maureen Gardner

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Her chief opponent was Maureen Gardner, also coached by Blankers-Koen's husband and who had equalled Blankers-Koen's world record prior to the Games, and would be running for her home crowd.
She won silver medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics and 1950 European Athletics Championships, both times losing to Fanny Blankers-Koen.

Fanny Blankers-Koen Games

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In 1981, the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games, an international athletics event, were established.
Its name honours Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four gold medals at the 1948 Olympic Games.

Foekje Dillema

A year earlier, a new Dutch sprint talent, Foekje Dillema had made her breakthrough.
She was an important rival for another Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four gold medals during the 1948 Summer Olympics and who was voted "Female Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 1999.

Baarn

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Blankers-Koen was born on 26 April 1918 in Lage Vuursche (near Baarn) to Arnoldus and Helena Koen.

European Athletics Championships

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Apart from her four Olympic titles, she won five European titles and 58 Dutch championships, and set or tied 12 world records – the last, pentathlon, in 1951 aged 33.

Jamile Samuel

It was finally broken in May 2010 by Jamile Samuel.
She first came into the Dutch spotlight as a fifteen-year-old when challenging the record of four-time gold medalist at the 1948 Summer Olympics, Fanny Blankers-Koen.

Women's 100 metres world record progression

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Then, she tied the 100 m world record, but this was never recognised officially, as she competed against men when setting the record.

Wembley Stadium (1923)

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When the British national anthem was played, the crowd in Wembley Stadium cheered, and Blankers-Koen briefly thought she had been beaten.
Wembley was the main venue for the 1948 Summer Olympics, with Fanny Blankers-Koen and Emil Zátopek among the notable winners in athletics.

Lage Vuursche

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Blankers-Koen was born on 26 April 1918 in Lage Vuursche (near Baarn) to Arnoldus and Helena Koen.
Apart from the royal family the most famous person from Lage Vuursche is athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen, four times gold medalist in the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Dorothy Manley

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Blankers-Koen sped to the finish line in 11.9, easily beating her opponents Dorothy Manley and Shirley Strickland, who took second and third.
Fanny Blankers-Koen won the gold medal in first place with a time of 11.9, while Manley's time was 12.2, just ahead of Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, who registered the same time.

1946 European Athletics Championships

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The first major international event after the war was the 1946 European Championships, held in Oslo, Norway.

IAAF Hall of Fame

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De Grootste Nederlander

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In a 2004 national poll, Blankers-Koen ranked 29th for De Grootste Nederlander (The Greatest Netherlander); she was the third highest sportsperson (after footballers Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten) and the seventh highest woman in the poll.
Fanny Blankers-Koen (1918 – 2004) (Athlete)

Associated Press Athlete of the Year

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Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Women's 80 metres hurdles

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The final was won by Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen.

1950 European Athletics Championships

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The same year, Blankers-Koen almost repeated her Olympic performance at the European Championships in Brussels.

1001 Vrouwen uit de Nederlandse geschiedenis

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She was among the women included in the 1001 Vrouwen uit de Nederlandse geschiedenis, a dictionary of biography covering 1001 important Dutchwomen.

Xenia Stad-de Jong

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The Dutch team, consisting of Xenia Stad-de Jong, Netty Witziers-Timmer, Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs and Blankers-Koen, qualified for the final, but just before the final, Blankers-Koen was missing.
Born in Semarang in the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), her greatest success was winning the gold medal as the first runner in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1948 Summer Olympics, together with Netty Witziers-Timmer, Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs and Fanny Blankers-Koen.