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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 5, 1948
Date Finished: August 6, 1948

Gold: NED Fanny Blankers-Koen
Silver: GBR Audrey Williamson
Bronze: USA Mickey Patterson

Summary

Just looking at the results, Fanny Blankers-Koen's victory in the 200 metres was the easiest. Her margin of victory over Audrey Williamson of 7 tenths is the largest ever in the event. But after the heats, Blankers-Koen had to combat a severe bout of home-sickness. She was sick of all the media attention and pressure, and wanted to go home to her two children. Only after a long talk with her coach and husband, 1928 Olympian Jan Blankers, she decided to start the semi-finals. Her eyes still red from the tears, she dominated her race. On a wet and muddy track, she paced to a third gold medal the next day.

Third placed Audrey Patterson is noted as the first Afro-American woman to win an Olympic medal; high jumper Alice Coachman won the first gold medal the next day. However, it was later revealed that Patterson actually had finished in fourth place, as the finish photo clearly showed Shirley Strickland crossing the line earlier.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen 30 Netherlands NED Gold OR
2 Audrey Williamson 21 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty 23 Australia AUS
4 Mickey Patterson 21 United States USA Bronze
5 Margaret Walker 23 Great Britain GBR
6 Daphne Robb-Hasenjäger 19 South Africa RSA
4 h1 r2/3 Cynthia Thompson 25 Jamaica JAM
4 h2 r2/3 Sylvia Cheeseman 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Rosine Faugouin 18 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Nel Karelse 22 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r2/3 Joyce King 27 Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/3 Liliane Sprécher 22 France FRA
7 h1 r2/3 Phyllis Lightbourn-Jones 19 Bermuda BER
7 h2 r2/3 Betty McKinnon 24 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/3 Mae Faggs 16 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Diane Foster 19 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/3 Lucila Pini 17 Brazil BRA
3 h4 r1/3 Nell Jackson 19 United States USA
3 h5 r1/3 Kathleen Russell 20 Jamaica JAM
3 h6 r1/3 Gré de Jongh 23 Netherlands NED
3 h7 r1/3 Millie Cheater 20 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/3 Melânia Luz 20 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r1/3 Helena de Menezes 21 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r1/3 Marie-Thérèse Renard 23 Belgium BEL
4 h4 r1/3 Donna Gilmore Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/3 Ann-Britt Leyman 26 Sweden SWE
4 h6 r1/3 Grete Pavlousek 24 Austria AUT
5 h1 r1/3 Phyllis Edness 18 Bermuda BER
5 h4 r1/3 Alma Butia 19 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h5 r1/3 Tilly Decker 18 Luxembourg LUX
6 h5 r1/3 Betty Kretschmer 20 Chile CHI
AC h3 r1/3 Olga Šicnerová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
AC h7 r1/3 Annegret Weller-Schneider 18 Chile CHI