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Blankers-Koen, Francina Elsje

Born: 1946 AD
Died: 2004 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Categories: Track and Field Athlete

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.