Fanny Blankers Koen – Flying Dutchman

Fanny Blankers-Koen at 1948 London Olympics

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Fanny Blankers Koen Biography

Fanny Blankers-Koen at 1948 London Olympics
Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen (Francina Elsje Blankers-Koen) competing in 80 hurdle race during the Olympic Games. London, 1948 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Born in Holland in 1918 Francina Elsje Koen, is considered by many specialists as the best all-round monitor and discipline feminine athlete who ever lived.

She was held in such excessive regard by her friends that she was awarded feminine athlete of the 20 th century in 1999 by the IAAF.

She will always be remembered for her performances at the 1948 London Olympics where she won four Gold medals. She so captured the hearts of the crowds who watched her, and her fans back in Holland, that they gave her the titles of the “Flying Dutchmam ” and “The Flying Housewife.”

As a young girl, Fanny excelled at sport. She enjoyed tennis, swimming, skating, and for a long time it looked as if swimming would be her first choice sport. She did however also love athletics, and combined her two loves for a time. Encouraged by her father she decided to concentrate on athletics, a decision which was to be more than justified by her later incredible achievements in the sport.

She first started competing in 1935, running in a pair of borrowed shoes that she had to stuff with cotton wool to make fit. It wasn’t long before her outstanding talent came to the fore, and in only her third competitive race, she set a new national record for the 800m.

Inclusion in the Dutch national team followed soon after, although she was chosen not as an 800m runner, but as a sprinter. She was a member of the Dutch team who took part in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Fanny competed in the High jump, finishing a creditable sixth and also took part in the 4x100m relay final, where the Dutch team finished fifth.

Amazingly due to the scheduling of events, both finals were held on the same day. Although she did not win a medal, to perform so well in both events spaced so close together was no mean achievement. Koen was improving as an athlete all the time, and in 1938 she took her first world record in the 100yds sprint, clocking 11.00 seconds dead. She also won Bronze in both the 100m and 200m in that year’s European Championships.

The 1940 Olympic games were due to be held in Helsinki, and many people thought she was an obvious choice to win medals. The outbreak of war however meant she never got her chance to compete. During the war years Fanny got married to Jan Blankers who was the coach of the Dutch national women’s athletic team.

She gave birth to a son Jan junior in 1941, and many assumed that her career in athletics would be over. In those days some people still frowned upon women competing, and it was practically unheard of for a married woman with children to still participate in the sport. Fanny was no ordinary woman however, and she soon began training again soon after the birth of her son. During the war years Fanny set six world records in various events, including the 80m hurdles, and the high jump.

The primary main athletics occasion to happen after the conflict was the European Championships held in Oslo in 1946. Regardless of having given start earlier within the yr, Fanny competed and received the 80m hurdles in addition to gold with the 4x100m relay workforce.

She then adopted up this victory within the 80m hurdles in new girls’s world document time of 11.2 seconds. She received one other gold medal within the 200m and topped all of it off by successful gold with the Dutch dash relay group. She turned the darling of the gang.

This wonderful lady held world data in 100yds, 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles, and Excessive Soar at numerous occasions in her profession. She even held her nationwide document for


She was the true all-rounder, who deserves her place in Olympic and athletics history.

Career Highlights

1948 London Olympic Games – Gold (4)

1946 European Championships – Gold (2)

1950 European Championships


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