Fanny Blankers-Koen

Born Apr 26, 1918
Nationality Netherlands Netherlands
Nickname Flying Housewife

Francina Elsje Blankers-Koen was born on the 26th of April 1918, in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland; died on 25th of January 2005, she was more commonly known as the Flying Housewife.

In the year 1935, she started competing in athletics and took part in the 1936 Summer Olympics a year later. She set several world records during that period in events like the long jump, the high jump, and sprint, and hurdling events. Aside from her four Olympic titles, she won five European titles and 58 Dutch championships. At the age of 33 she had set 12 world records- the last, pentathlon.

Olympic Games• 1948 London - 200 m - Gold • 1948 London - 100 m - Gold • 1948 London - 80 m hurdles - Gold • 1948 London - 4x100 m relay - Gold

European Championships• 1946 Oslo - 80 m hurdles - Gold • 1946 Oslo - 4 x 100 m relay - Gold • 1950 Brussels - 100 m - Gold • 1950 Brussels - 200 m - Gold • 1950 Brussels - 80 m hurdles - Gold • 1950 Brussels - 4x100 m relay -Silver • 1938 Vienna - 100 m - Bronze • 1938 Vienna - 200 m - Bronze

Fanny’s last moment of glory was in the year 1999 in Monaco which was organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations where in she was declared as the “Female Athlete of the Century”.

In the years before her death, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and lived in a psychiatric nursing home. She was also deaf and died at the age of 85. A year before her death, the first biography of Fanny was published by journalist Kees Kooman that was entitled Een koningin met mannenbenene (A Queen with men’s legs).

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