Blankers-Koen, Francina Elsje
1918 - Born on the 26th of April in Lage Vuursche (near Baarn) to Arnoldus and Helena Koen.
1935-1936 - Having started competing in athletics, she took part in the Summer Olympics a year later.
1948 - She was a Dutch athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the Summer Olympics in London.
1951 - Apart from her four Olympic titles, she won five European titles and 58 Dutch championships, and set or tied 12 world records - the last, pentathlon, aged 33.
1955 - She retired from athletics, after which she became leader of the Dutch female track and field team.
1999 - She was voted "Female Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
2004 - She died at age 85 in Hoofddorp on the 25th of January.
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