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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


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.

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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 23 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/3 Mae Faggs 16 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Diane Foster 20 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