Fanny Blankers-Koen of Netherlands was the most popular athlete in the 1948 Summer Games. She was a homemaker who won four gold medals in track and field. As a Dutch teenager Fanny Blankers-Koen had finished sixth in the high jump at Berlin before surviving the Nazi occupation. Twelve years later, she won the women’s 100, 200, and 80-meter hurdles, and she won the 4 x 100-meter relay team. She might have won six gold medals if she had been able to enter the high jump and long jump; she held the world record in both.
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