Female Olympic Champions: sportswomen who made history
  
Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Fanny Blankers-Koen


Born: 26th April, 1918.

Legendary Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen is one of the top female Olympians of the 20th century. Look at those leg muscles!

In the London Games of 1948 she won four gold medals - in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 80 metre hurdles, and 4 x 100 metres relay. 

It was an incredible achievement that made her an international star and she was given the nickname "the Flying Housewife," because of her unprecedented speed and womanly ways.

Her spirit lives on, as she was voted female athlete of the century by the International Association of Athletics Federation in 1999.

Photo : Fanny Blankers-Koen at the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
©SIPA

 



The London Olympics 2012: Olympic special
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2012/07/26
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