Fanny Blankers-Koen

1918 - 2004

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Francina Elsje Blankers-Koen (Dutch: [frɑnˈsinaː ˈʔɛlʃə ˈfɑni ˈblɑŋkərs ˈkun]; 26 April 1918 – 25 January 2004) was a Dutch track and field athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She competed there as a 30-year-old mother of two, earning her the nickname "the Flying Housewife", and was the most successful athlete at the event. Having started competing in athletics in 1935, she took part in the 1936 Summer Olympics a year later. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fanny Blankers-Koen has received more than 816,233 page views. Her biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Fanny Blankers-Koen is the 11th most popular athlete (up from 26th in 2019), the 146th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 195th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Athlete.

Fanny Blankers-Koen is most famous for being the only woman to win four gold medals in a single Olympic Games. She won the 100 meters, 200 meters, 80 meters hurdles, and 4x100 meter relay in the 1948 Olympics.

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Among athletes, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 11 out of 6,025Before her are Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, Spyridon Louis, Dick Fosbury, Ronnie Coleman, and Usain Bolt. After her are Javier Sotomayor, Ray Ewry, Thomas Burke, Felix Baumgartner, Mike Powell, and Stefka Kostadinova.

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Among people born in 1918, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 48Before her are Hans Scholl, Patricio Aylwin, Edward B. Lewis, Betty Ford, Birgit Nilsson, and Günther Rall. After her are Paul D. Boyer, Richard Winters, André Bazin, Pavlik Morozov, João Goulart, and Kenichi Fukui. Among people deceased in 2004, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 36Before her are Sune Bergström, Estée Lauder, Julius Axelrod, Thomas Klestil, Jerry Goldsmith, and Edward B. Lewis. After her are Andriyan Nikolayev, John Vane, Theo van Gogh, Charles Sweeney, Godfrey Hounsfield, and Robert Merle.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 146 out of 1,646Before her are Bernard Haitink (1929), Jan Swammerdam (1637), Ary Scheffer (1795), Meindert Hobbema (1638), Johnny Rep (1951), and Gaius Julius Civilis (25). After her are Martinus Beijerinck (1851), René van de Kerkhof (1951), William II, Duke of Bavaria (1365), Abraham Bloemaert (1566), Maarten van Heemskerck (1498), and Ruud Lubbers (1939).

Among ATHLETES In Netherlands

Among athletes born in Netherlands, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 1After her are Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs (1923), Arie van Vliet (1916), Netti Witziers-Timmer (1923), Tinus Osendarp (1916), François Brandt (1874), Roelof Klein (1877), Jopie Selbach (1918), Johannes van Dijk (1868), Willem Slijkhuis (1923), Chris Berger (1911), and Hermanus Brockmann (1871).