FBK is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes in Dutch history. And also is considered by many to be the absolute number one. Most know her four gold medals in the sprint at the Olympic Games in London in 1948. But she was much more than just a sprinter.

Personal details

  • Born: 26 april 1918 in Lage Vuursche
  • Died: January 25, 2004
  • Sport: Athletics
  • Alias: The Flying housewife

Main results:

  • Gold: 100 m, 200 m, 80 m hurdles, 4x100m
  • European Champion: 100 m, 200 m, 80 m, 4 × 100 h.
  • Dutch masters: 100 m, 200 m, 80 m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put, pentathlon


  • 100 metres world record holder
  • World record holder 220 laps
  • Long jump world record holder
  • High jump world record holder
  • 80 m hurdles world record holder
  • Holder of pentathlon world record
  • Dutch record holder on nine components


The mother of the mother of all sports, i.e. FBK. In 1999 she was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Athletics Federation. This choice was surprising, but also fair. Already in 1936, she took 18-year-old took part in the Olympics, but they didn’t want to go longer than two femteplatser.Her career was brutally interrupted by the second world war. In 1946 came the atletiektop together at the European Championship, in which, FBK grabbed two titles.
Under the guidance of her husband and coach, Jan Blankers, Fanny was training for the Olympics in London. After two gold competitions wanted two children to go home, but fortunately, she changed her mind and she won two Olympic titles. If the program her what had come out better, they also had a high and long jump can make what she was top favorite.
All-rounder had yet to win a lot of medals if there had been an Olympic tournament in 1940 and 1944, and if she was not injured in the hit 1952 in the semi-finals 200 m. A WORLD CUP is only since 1983, so they could not get a world title. The world record in six different areas is a reflection of her unmatched qualities. So did his Dutch record at 100 meters but less than 21 years booth was their club record of Phanos on this part first, 2004, after 62 years, improved. Performance to go quietly.
Only stain on his impressive career, deal with Foekje dillema from 1950, when her husband and coach, Jan Blankers, demanded a gender test because the camp Blankers-Koen suspected Foekje dillema was a man.This was based on the grounds that the dillema personal records of FBK had amounted to 200 m. Dillema finally excluded from such competitions for ladies. Many years later a DNA test showed that it was unfair.

Honorable mentions

  • 1999 IAAF athlete of the century
  • 2013 the number 1 in the book the Top 100 of the Dutch Sports, which contains the largest Dutch athletes ever.
FBK Greatest Athletes in Dutch History