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Women's 100 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 31, 1948
Date Finished: August 2, 1948

Gold: NED Fanny Blankers-Koen
Silver: GBR Dorothy Manley
Bronze: AUS Shirley Strickland de la Hunty


The 100 metres was the first of four events in which [Fanny Blankers-Koen] was entered at the London Olympics. While she was the World Record holder in the 100 yards, many observers considered her to be past her prime. But the Dutchwoman soon silenced her critics, winning the heats and semi-finals with ease. The only contestant who could think of threatening her was home-runner [Dorothy Manley]. She was originally a high jumper, but was discovered to have more talent for sprinting. Manley had a good start in the final and briefly led until Blankers-Koen took over and won easily. Her time of 11.9 was decent considering the poor track conditions due to the wet weather.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen 30 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Dorothy Manley 21 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Viola Myers Canada CAN
5 Pat Jones 17 Canada CAN
6 Cynthia Thompson 25 Jamaica JAM
3 h1 r2/3 Grethe Lovsø Nielsen 22 Denmark DEN
3 h2 r2/3 Daphne Robb-Hasenjäger 19 South Africa RSA
3T h3 r2/3 Birthe Nielsen 21 Denmark DEN
3T h3 r2/3 Olga Šicnerová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r2/3 Doris Batter 19 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Bente Bergendorff 19 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r2/3 Liliana Tagliaferri 19 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/3 Xenia Stad-de Jong 26 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r2/3 Winnie Jordan 28 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Phyllis Lightbourn-Jones 19 Bermuda BER
6 h2 r2/3 Kathleen Russell 20 Jamaica JAM
6 h3 r2/3 Gré de Jongh 23 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/3 Betty McKinnon 23 Australia AUS
3 h2 r1/3 Noemí Simonetto de Portela 22 Argentina ARG
3 h3 r1/3 Mickey Patterson 21 United States USA
3 h4 r1/3 Mabel Walker 19 United States USA
3 h5 r1/3 Lillian Young 20 United States USA
3 h6 r1/3 Marie-Thérèse Renard 23 Belgium BEL
3 h7 r1/3 Helena de Menezes 21 Brazil BRA
3 h8 r1/3 Phyllis Edness 18 Bermuda BER
3 h9 r1/3 Jeanine Moussier 18 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Maria Oberbreyer-Trösch 26 Austria AUT
4 h2 r1/3 Benedicta de Oliveira 20 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r1/3 Joyce King 27 Australia AUS
4 h4 r1/3 Millie Cheater 20 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/3 Elisabeth Müller 22 Brazil BRA
4 h7 r1/3 Üner Teoman Turkey TUR
4 h8 r1/3 Grete Pavlousek 24 Austria AUT
4 h9 r1/3 Liv Paulsen 22 Norway NOR
5 h2 r1/3 Tilly Decker 18 Luxembourg LUX
5 h3 r1/3 Betty Kretschmer 20 Chile CHI
5 h8 r1/3 Alma Butia 19 Yugoslavia YUG