Fanny Blankers-Koen marked with Google Doodle – why is the Dutch athlete being celebrated on her 100th birthday?

SHE was the trailblazing Dutch monitor star whose achievements at the 1948 London Olympics made a mockery of stereotypes about feminine athletes.

Now Fanny Blankers-Koen is being commemorated with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 100th birthday – right here's what it’s worthwhile to find out about her…

 Fanny Blankers-Koen crushed sexist stereotypes with her athletic achievements

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Fanny Blankers-Koen crushed sexist stereotypes with her athletic achievements

Who was Fanny Blankers-Koen?

Fanny Blankers-Koen was born Francina Elsje Koen on April 26, 1918 in Lage Vuursche, a small village in the Netherlands.

The daughter of a authorities official who competed in the discus and shot put, she was an athletic teenager who excelled in tennis, swimming and gymnastics.

Nevertheless, it was as a runner that Blankers-Koen made the largest impression, and she or he set a nationwide 800m document in simply her third race.

 Blankers-Koen opted for the track despite excelling at a range of sports

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Blankers-Koen opted for the monitor regardless of excelling at a variety of sports

At the age of 18, she appeared in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, coming joint-sixth in the excessive leap and fifth in the 4x100m relay.

Throughout the video games, she additionally secured the autograph of Jesse Owens, the iconic black American athlete who embarrassed Hitler's Nazi regime with 4 gold medals.

She married former triple jumper and sports journalist Jan Blankers in August 1940 throughout World Warfare Two, and gave delivery to their first youngster, Jan Junior, the following yr.

Though at the time it was anticipated that feminine athletes would retire once they began having youngsters, Blankers-Koen was in coaching inside weeks of her son's start.

Competing in German-occupied Holland she went from power to power, establishing six world data between 1942 and 1944.

 A Google Doodle celebrates the Dutch athlete on her 100th birthday

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A Google Doodle celebrates the Dutch athlete on her 100th birthday

The delivery of her second youngster, Fanny Junior, got here simply six weeks earlier than the first main publish-conflict athletics assembly.

Regardless of this, she took took two gold medals at the 1946 European Championships in Oslo, in the 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay.

The most important triumph of Blankers-Koen's glittering profession got here two years later.

Forward of the 1948 Olympics in London she was written off by many, and criticised by those that thought she ought to cease competing to focus on being a spouse and mom.

She proved them mistaken in spectacular style, profitable gold medals in the 100m, 80m hurdles, 200m and 4x100m, turning into the first lady to take 4 golds in a single Olympics.

 Blankers-Koen defied critics to make history in the 1948 London Olympics

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Blankers-Koen defied critics to make historical past in the 1948 London Olympics

Incomes her the nickname "The Flying Housewife", her achievements crushed stereotypes and confirmed the world that feminine athletes might have a household whereas competing – and profitable – at the highest degree.

Though she made the Dutch squad for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki at the age of 34, she was hampered by damage and it proved her last prime degree occasion.

After her athletic profession got here to an finish Blankers-Koen served as workforce chief for the Dutch athletics staff for 10 years.

She died on January 25 2004 at the age of eighty five, after affected by Azheimer's illness in her later years.

 Blankers-Koen, pictured with Carl Lewis, remained in athletics after retiring

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Blankers-Koen, pictured with Carl Lewis, remained in athletics after retiring

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick determine behind the second 'o' of Google as a message to that they have been out of workplace at the Burning Man pageant and with that, Google Doodles have been born.

The corporate determined that they need to embellish the emblem to mark cultural moments and it quickly turned clear that customers actually loved the change to the Google homepage.

 Google celebrated the Autumn Equinox with a themed doodle

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Google celebrated the Autumn Equinox with a themed doodle

In that very same yr, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the 'o's for Halloween the following yr.

Now, there is a full staff of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically educated artists who assist create what you see on these days.

Amongst the Doodles revealed in current months have been ones commemorating German scientist Robert Koch, Jan Ingenhousz (who found photosynthesis) and the fiftieth anniversary of youngsters coding languages being launched.

In September final yr, the search big celebrated the Autumn Equinox , which marked the official ending of summer time and the coming of autumn.

The historical past of Google Doodles, what they’re and the place they got here from

SHE was the trailblazing Dutch monitor star whose achievements at the 1948 London Olympics made a mockery of stereotypes about feminine athletes.

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