Fanny <I>Blankers</I> Blankers-Koen

Fanny Blankers Blankers-Koen

Birth
Lage-Vuursche, Baarn Municipality, Utrecht, Netherlands
Death 25 Jan 2004 (aged 85)
Hoofddorp, Haarlemmermeer Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Burial Hoofddorp, Haarlemmermeer Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Memorial ID 8326559 · View Source
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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. Considered one of the greatest female Olympians of the 20th century, she was a Dutch runner who starred in track and field at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England, where she won Gold Medals in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, the 80 meter hurdles, and the 400 relay. She joined Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis as one of only three Olympians to win four gold medals in track at the same Olympics. During the course of her career, she set 20 world records. In 1999, the International Amateur Athletic Federation named her the best female athlete of the 20th century, an honor which she initially disbelieved. Her accomplishments at London were made even more remarkable by the fact that she was a 30-year old mother of two children and had missed the two previous Olympics (1940 and 1944 due to World War II) when she was in her greatest prime.

Bio by: Loren


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  • Originally Created by: Loren
  • Added: 27 Jan 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8326559
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fanny Blankers Blankers-Koen (26 Apr 1918–25 Jan 2004), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8326559, citing Hoofddorp Begraafplaats Wilgenhof, Hoofddorp, Haarlemmermeer Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands ; Maintained by Find A Grave .