Full name: Francina Elsje "Fanny" Blankers-Koen
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: April 26, 1918 in Baarn, Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: January 25, 2004 in Hoofddorp, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Sagitta, Amsterdam (NED) / ADA, Amsterdam (NED)
Related Olympians: Wife of Jan Blankers.
Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)
Fanny Blankers-Koen was an outstanding all around athlete who made her Olympic début in 1936. She had started to compete in athletics only the year before, when she broke the national record in the 800 m. In Berlin, however, she competed in the relay and high jump, under her maiden name Koen. A first-time medallist at the 1938 European Championships (100 and 200 m), she missed chances at Olympic success in 1940 and 1944. In this period, she married her coach Jan Blankers (an Olympic triple jumper in 1928), and had two children. However, she also managed to break several world records, both in individual and team events. The most remarkable was the record in the 4×200 m relay, which was previously held by a German team. The Dutch team wore national outfitsn during the race as a minor act of defiance.
At the age of 30, she entered four events in London. She would have entered the high jump and long jump as well, but bad experiences with too many events at the 1946 European Championships kept the world record holder from contesting those events. She dominated the four events she did compete in, although she had to combat a bout of home sickness and scared the Dutch relay team when she entered the stadium late after going shopping.
Blankers-Koen also won five European titles in 1946 (80 metres hurdles and 4×100 m relay (with Gerda Koudijs, Nettie Timmer, and the non-Olympian Marta Adema)) and 1950 (100 m, 200 m, 80 m hurdles). In 1946 Blankers-Koen also finished fourth in the high jump and in 1950 she also won a silver medal with the 4×100 m relay team (with Xenia Stad-de Jong, Puck Brouwer, and Gré de Jongh), and won 58 national championships in the Netherlands. For her sporting feats, a statue was erected in her honor in her home town Amsterdam. In 1999, she was elected as "Female athlete of the Century" by the IAAF.
Personal Bests: 100 – 11.5 (1943); 200 – 23.9 (1952); 80H – 11.0 (1948); HJ – 1.71 (1943).
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay||Netherlands||NED||5|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Women's High Jump||Netherlands||NED||6T|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Women's 100 metres||Netherlands||NED||1||Gold|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Women's 200 metres||Netherlands||NED||1||Gold||OR|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Women's 80 metres Hurdles||Netherlands||NED||1||Gold||OR|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay||Netherlands||NED||1||Gold|
|1952 Summer||34||Helsinki||Athletics||Women's 100 metres||Netherlands||NED||2 h2 r2/4|
|1952 Summer||34||Helsinki||Athletics||Women's 80 metres Hurdles||Netherlands||NED||AC|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Netherlands||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU||12.0||12.3|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Netherlands||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||12.0||12.1|
|1952 Summer||34||Helsinki||Athletics||Netherlands||Quarter-Finals||Heat Two||2||QU||12.0||12.22|
|1952 Summer||34||Helsinki||Athletics||Netherlands||Round One||Heat Eleven||1||QU||11.9||12.18|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Netherlands||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU/OR||24.3||24.4|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Netherlands||Round One||Heat One||1||QU/OR||25.7||25.9|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Netherlands||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU||11.4||11.5|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Netherlands||Round One||Heat One||1||QU/OR||11.3||11.4|
|1952 Summer||34||Helsinki||Athletics||Netherlands||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||2||QU||11.3||11.42|
|1952 Summer||34||Helsinki||Athletics||Netherlands||Round One||Heat Two||1||QU||11.2||11.34|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Netherlands||NED||Round One||Heat One||3||QU||48.4|
|1948 Summer||30||London||Athletics||Netherlands||NED||Round One||Heat Three||1||QU||47.6||47.6|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Netherlands||Final Standings||6T||1.55|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Netherlands||Final Round||1.30 metres||1T||o|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Netherlands||Final Round||1.40 metres||1T||o|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Netherlands||Final Round||1.50 metres||1T||o|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Netherlands||Final Round||1.55 metres||1T||o|
|1936 Summer||18||Berlin||Athletics||Netherlands||Final Round||1.58 metres||6T||xxx|