Fanny Blankers-Koen

1918 - 2004

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Francina "Fanny" Elsje Blankers-Koen (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 736,611 page views. Her biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Fanny Blankers-Koen is the 19th most popular athlete (down from 18th in 2019), the 148th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 179th 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 19 out of 3,055Before her are Thomas Burke, Ray Ewry, Stanisława Walasiewicz, Robert Shavlakadze, Felix Baumgartner, and Usain Bolt. After her are Hannes Kolehmainen, Iolanda Balaș, Coroebus of Elis, Bobby Morrow, Wilma Rudolph, and Sohn Kee-chung.

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Among people born in 1918, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 55Before her are Bertram Brockhouse, Lila Kedrova, Jerome Karle, Sam Walton, Rosemary Kennedy, and Pavlik Morozov. After her are João Goulart, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Henryk Szeryng, Edward A. Murphy Jr., François Tombalbaye, and Betty Ford. Among people deceased in 2004, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 38Before her are Akhmad Kadyrov, Laura Branigan, Saizo Saito, Robert Merle, Arthur Hailey, and Norberto Bobbio. After her are Thomas Klestil, Andriyan Nikolayev, Julius Axelrod, Ko Yong-hui, Gérard Debreu, and John Pople.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 148 out of 1,209Before her are Ruud Krol (1949), Jan van Scorel (1495), Maarten van Heemskerck (1498), Dennis Bergkamp (1969), Aelbert Cuyp (1620), and Abraham Bloemaert (1566). After her are Anton Mauve (1838), Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547), Piet Keizer (1943), Ruud Lubbers (1939), Antonis Mor (1519), and Tom Gehrels (1925).

Among ATHLETES In Netherlands

Among athletes born in Netherlands, Fanny Blankers-Koen ranks 1After her are Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs (1923), Tinus Osendarp (1916), Arie van Vliet (1916), Netti Witziers-Timmer (1923), Roelof Klein (1877), Willem Slijkhuis (1923), Chris Berger (1911), Ria Stalman (1951), Harry Steevens (1945), Piet Kleine (1951), and Gerard Nijboer (1955).