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Jan Blankers

Full name: Johan "Jan" Blankers
Gender: Male
Born: April 23, 1904 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: July 17, 1977 in Vinkeveen en Waverveen, Utrecht, Netherlands
Affiliations: AV '23, Amsterdam (NED) / Sagitta, Amsterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Fanny Blankers-Koen.


As a triple jumper, Jan Blankers competed in the 1928 Olympics (failed to qualify for the final), won two Dutch championships (1931-32) and two British (AAA) titles (1931, 1933). Injuries forced him to retire from active competition, but drove him to coaching, in which he would become very successful. In 1935, he first saw a 17-year-old girl break the Dutch record in the 800 m in her first competitive race. He took an interest in her, both as a coach and romantically, as he would marry [Fanny Koen] in 1940. Centered around the talented athlete, Blankers set up a club (Sagitta), at which he trained most of the top female athletes in the Netherlands. After initial successes at the 1938 European Championships, his pupils flourished at the 1946 Europeans and particularly the 1948 Olympics, where his wife earned four gold medals. Blankers then shifted his focus towards journalism, and he became chief sports editor of De Telegraaf.

Personal Best: TJ - 14.69 (1933).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Triple Jump Netherlands NED 9T QR

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round 9T 14.35
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B 5 14.35
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